Well, that’s that. After more than three years of rumors, speculation, and plain old wishful thinking, Verizon Wireless finally announced Tuesday that it will soon be offering its own version of the iPhone, bringing AT&T’s long monopoly on the wildly popular handset to an end.
The long-expected news came at a packed press conference at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, just a couple of days after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas wrapped up.
Verizon’s jubilant CEO, Lowell McAdam, was joined onstage by Apple COO Tim Cook (no sign of Steve Jobs, by the way) and Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead. McAdam confirmed that discussions to bring the iPhone to Verizon began as early as 2008.
The iPhone 4 will become available for pre-order for existing Verizon subscribers on February 3, with general availability to begin on February 10, 2010.