Triangle customers hit Verizon for iPhone 4

Posted February 10, 2011 7:50 a.m. EST
Updated February 10, 2011 12:55 p.m. EST

— Snow didn't stop people in the Triangle from standing in line at local Verizon stores to get an iPhone. About 25 people were waiting outside of a Verizon Wireless store in Raleigh early Thursday for a chance to buy the devices.

Verizon's iPhone 4 allows users to do video calling, web browsing, record and edit in high definition.

AT&T's exclusive deal to carry the Apple gadget ended this week, and the phone became available to the general public through Verizon Thursday.

Current Verizon customers could order the iPhone online earlier this week, and the company says first-day sales produced records.

The iPhone 4 costs the same on each network – $199 for a 16GB and $299 for a 32GB model. 

AT&T customers can go to a Verizon store, cancel their account and get a new phone while keeping their same number. 

Verizon and AT&T, the nation's largest telecommunications company, have long disputed each other's coverage maps, resulting in a tit-for-tat TV ad war and lawsuits that have subsequently been dropped.

Verizon has wider domestic network coverage than AT&T does, particularly for the older "3G" wireless broadband. Spokeswoman Karen Smith said the company plans to match that coverage with its faster "4G" network by the end of 2013.