Verizon, Apple get set for iPhone launch, while AT&T plays spoiler

Set your alarm clocks.

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) released more details about the impending launch of the CDMA-capable iPhone 4--while AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) reminded customers what they would miss if they switch.

Verizon will begin taking pre-orders online beginning at 3 a.m. EST on Feb. 3, and has set aside a limited quantity of iPhone 4 smartphones solely for existing customers. The carrier said orders will arrive on or before Feb. 10. Apple also will begin taking pre-orders online for Verizon customers, and said orders will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Like the iPhone 4 at AT&T, Verizon will sell the 16 GB iPhone 4 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and the 32 GB version for $299.99.

For the general public, Apple said beginning Feb. 9 all qualified customers can start ordering a Verizon iPhone online for delivery or to reserve for in-store pick up beginning Feb. 10. Apple and Verizon Wireless have both said their stores will open at 7 a.m. local time on Feb. 10 for the launch.

Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead said last month that retail distribution will expand in the weeks following the launch, but did not elaborate. Verizon and Apple did not provide any additional details.

Meanwhile, AT&T recently sent a message to its subscribers, reminding them that the CDMA iPhone will not allow customers to talk and surf the Web at the same time. Analysts remain divided over how may AT&T subscribers will switch to Verizon. AT&T noted during its fourth-quarter earnings conference call that 90 percent of its iPhone customers are under contract.

For more:
- see this Verizon release
- see this Apple release
- see this CNet article

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