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Associated Press, Published January 11 2011

Verizon to start selling iPhone early February

NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless says it will start selling a version of the iPhone 4 in early February, giving U.S. iPhone buyers a choice of carriers for the first time.

Since it launched in 2007, Apple's phone has been sold exclusively for AT&T's network in the U.S., while most other countries had several carriers.

Verizon Communications Inc.'s chief operating officer, Lowell McAdam, is making the announcement Tuesday in New York. He's joined by Apple COO Tim Cook, who calls it "the beginning of a great relationship between Verizon and Apple."

Sales are to begin Feb. 10 with pre-orders starting on Feb. 3.

Apple issued its press release at 11:11 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2011, or 1/11/11.

The arrival of the Verizon iPhone has been long expected.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.