updated 10:30 am EST, Wed January 26, 2011
Orders not set to ship until February 10th
(Updated with takedown info) In addition to gaining an overhauled look, the Apple website is now hosting order pages for the Verizon iPhone. People can choose between 16GB and 32GB models, and configure a new or existing Verizon account. The site then takes buyers through setting up a plan, which can cost as much as $140 a month for an individual subscriber if choosing the best voice, data and texting plans.
The Verizon iPhone is not scheduled to ship until February 10th. On February 3rd, Verizon itself is set to open pre-orders for existing subscribers. It is not clear whether orders made via the Apple website at the moment will take second priority to those handled through Verizon.
Update: Apple has pulled the pages for both phone models, indicating that their early availability was likely a mistake.
Listed Verizon plans included 450-minute, 900-minute and unlimited voice options, costing $40, $60 or $70 a month. Data choices consisted of a basic unlimited plan for $30 a month, or a bundle with 2GB of tethering and hotspot use for $50. SMS packages were priced at $5 for 250 messages, $10 for 500, or $20 for an unlimited amount. Texts should otherwise cost 20 cents for a regular message, or 25 cents for one with a photo or video.