Let the ibattle officially begin

By Candice Beasley

Today Verizon Wireless will officially launch its newest product: the iPhone 4.

On Jan. 11 Apple made the announcement that Verizon Wireless will be a new carrier.

“It’s a lot of money to switch,” said AT&T sales representative Calvin Russell. “You would have a termination and an activation fee.”

AT&T has been Apple’s only carrier since June 2007 until now. Customers have had questions as to why Apple has broken the agreement, but inquiring minds want to know if the service will better with Verizon Wireless.

“Our network is prepared,” said Carolyn Schamberger, Verizon Wireless executive director of public relations.

Sophomore communications major Brittany Adkins said if she bought an iPhone she would choose a plan with AT&T because its plans are cheaper than Verizon.

“I wanted to switch from my carrier but Verzion Wireless doesn’t have insurance on the iPhone 4,” said senior corporate communications Arlieta Hall.

Senior communications major Desmond Blalock disagreed and said he thought Verizon had the better service and cheaper plans.

Blalcok said he has been with AT&T since the iPhone first came out and said he is switching over to Verizon.

Verizon Wirless spends $65 billion toward its network for extra capacity and data. On Feb. 3rd Verizon Wireless customers were the first to make pre-orders for the iPhone 4. After two hours of high demand, the phones were sold out. All customers were allowed to make their pre-orders on Wednesday.

The Verizon store in DeKalb is expecting higher traffic than normal today.

“We are expecting 100-200 people,” said Dennis Farrell manager of Verizon Wireless at 2387 Sycamore Road.

The store will open at 7 a.m., but a few employees will be there to greet the guests around 5 a.m.

“We will be providing hand warmers for the cold weather, porta potties and line extensions.” Farrell said.

Carribou Coffee will also open at 5 a.m., an hour early, to accommodate Verizon’s customers and employees.

“We want to do anything to help.” said Jaclyn Butz, manager at Caribou Coffee, 2385 Sycamore Road. “People are going to need a place to get warm and have an opportunity to enjoy hot coffee.”