Verizon NYC Event : January 11, 2011

10:52 - Doors are open at the event. Verizon's 4G-related team member and PR handler Jeff Nelson is at the event, but that doesn't necessarily mean the iPhone here will be LTE. We expect CDMA and EVDO (3G) only.
10:56 - Just a Verizon logo on the screen, and no signs of Apple staff (though they would undoubtedly need to stay hidden until it's official).
 
11:00 - Lowell McAdam is on stage. We're all expecting something big, he says.
11:01 - If the press writes something long enough and hard enough it comes true.
11:01 - Today is a great day for wireless customers across the US.
11:02 - Clear at CES that data, broadband, video are what are driving growth across the industry. People want to carry their digital content from their lives on any device at any time.
 
11:03 - Verizon's role is to bring great content to devices anywhere, and the network is key. Bringing two great innovators together.
11:04 - History of pushing the envelope on a very large scale. Major investments to accommodate massive traffic. 18 million homes with FiOS, up to 150Mbps for home broadband.
11:05 - 4G cuts latency in half. McAdam jokes: there's so much 4G hype that Verizon considered calling the LTE network 6G.
11:05 - Collaboration is key to Verizon innovation. Don't just procure products but form partnerships.
11:07 - Latest partner is the "tech giant:" Apple!
11:08 - Pleased to add Apple to the Verizon family. Strategic relationship developed over the past two years. A year testing, collaborating, to ensure it meets the criteria Verizon customers expect. iPhone 4 launches early next month.
11:09 - McAdam is more excited about the partnership than the device itself. Apple COO Tim Cook is on stage.
11:09 - McAdam on Cook: a "friend and a colleague."
11:11 - Cook: iPhone has changed expectations of what you can carry in your pocket. Pleased to give Verizon customers the choice they've been looking for. All the features the AT&T version has. Connects to the CDMA network (no mention of 4G).
 
11:12 - 5MP camera, Retina Display, FaceTime all there. The experience is "far beyond what anyone else is providing," Cook said.
11:13 - Cook has enormous respect for Verizon and the hard-earned loyalty it has won. Just the beginning of a great relationship. Dan Mead (Verizon Wireless CEO) up.
11:15 - World's first CDMA iPhone 4. Offered to both new and existing customers. Getting ready: employees trained this week, scaling back room systems to handle demand. Merchandising already set to go in Apple and Verizon stores.
11:17 - Building the capacity of the network to get ready for the launch. Monitored the network from the ground up. Spectrum and fiber to cell sites is what will keep them up to speed. Committed to continue building out capacity.
 
11:19 - Existing Verizon customers can pre-order the phone on February 3. One week later, it will launch to everyone on Verizon both online and at stores. $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB. 5 DEVICE HOTSPOT SUPPORT.
11:21 - Cook back on stage for a Q&A. How many CDMA iPhones can they make in the first quarter? Can't get into the forecast, but excited to bring the experience to Verizon's 93m customers.
11:21 - Will the CDMA phone be on a one-year upgrade cycle? Cook can't comment on product roadmaps.
11:23 - Why isn't this a 4G LTE phone, but only CDMA? Two key reasons. First gen of LTE chipsets forced some design compromises. Secondly, Verizon customers want the iPhone now. Can't tell you how many times he's been asked this over the incredible success run when the iPhone will work on Verizon's network.
11:24 - What changes made to the antenna? Did you do anything different? (it has different antenna bands on top).
 
11:25 - Had to be optimized to work on CDMA. Gone through robust testing and extremely confident there's no issues.
11:26 - What happens with taking a phone call when using data? Same experience you get now, Mead said. (i.e. EVDO data stops while CDMA is active).
11:26 - Mead won't talk about pricing (if any) for the hotspot feature.
11:27 - (Note: earlier, they said the Verizon deal is multi-year, but non-exclusive)
11:27 - Can't say when an LTE iPhone would come; Cook won't talk about unannounced products.
11:29 - iPhone 4 will be available in indirect sales channels (i.e. not just Apple and Verizon). Available with "key distribution partners." No dates, but there will be broader availability a few weeks after launch.
11:31 - Asked again about LTE; lots of Verizon customers are happy with CDMA and just want it on Verizon.
11:31 - Event is already done.

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Apple quarterly earnings report, January 26, 2016, January 26, 2016
Apple fourth quarter 2015 earnings call, October 27, 2015
Apple September 9 "Hey Siri" launch event, September 09, 2015
Apple's third quarter 2015 earnings announcement and conference call, July 21, 2015
2015 WWDC Keynote - The Epicenter of Change, August 06, 2015
Apple's September 9 event, September 09, 2014
WWDC 2014 keynote, June 02, 2014
WWDC 2014, June 02, 2014
Apple fiscal Q4 conference call, October 28, 2013
Apple's October 22 media event, October 22, 2013
Apple's September 10 event, September 09, 2013
Samsung Unpacked at IFA, September 04, 2013
Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2, September 04, 2013
Apple fiscal Q3 2013 , July 23, 2013
WWDC 2013 Keynote, June 10, 2013
Apple fiscal Q2 2013 earnings call, April 23, 2013
Apple iPad mini unveiling, October 23, 2012
Apple iPhone 5 launch event, September 12, 2012
Apple Financial Conference Call Q3 2012, July 24, 2012
Live 2012 WWDC Coverage, June 11, 2012
Apple fiscal Q2 2012 results call, April 24, 2012
Apple cash balance call, March 19, 2012
Apple's iPad 3 Event, March 07, 2012
Apple fiscal Q1 2012 results call, January 24, 2012
Apple FYQ4 Quarterly Results, October 18, 2011
Apple - Let's Talk iPhone, October 04, 2011
Apple July Conference Call, July 19, 2011
Live WWDC 2011 Event Coverage, June 06, 2011
Google I/O 2011 day one keynote, May 10, 2011
Apple fiscal Q2 2011 results call, April 20, 2011
March 2 iPad event, March 02, 2011
Intel Thunderbolt Technology, February 24, 2011
HP webOS event, February 09, 2011
Google Android event, February 02, 2011
Apple January January 2011 fiscal results call, January 18, 2011
Verizon NYC Event, January 11, 2011
Google Chrome Event, December 07, 2010
Acer's Interact event, November 23, 2010
Back to the Mac, October 20, 2010
Apple's FYQ4 2010 results, October 18, 2010
Google TV Intro, October 12, 2010
Apple Sept 1 music event, September 01, 2010
BlackBerry August 3 Event, August 03, 2010
Apple iPhone 4 Press Conference, July 16, 2010
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Microsoft E3 Keynote, June 14, 2010
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D8 conference 2010, June 01, 2010
Google I/O Keynote II, May 09, 2010
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Apple earnings - 2010, April 20, 2010
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