Verizon iPhone: Today is the day

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PHOENIX -- It's the day Verizon customers have been waiting for -- the day Verizon starts selling the vaunted Apple iPhone.

Bruce Haffner chatted with people who were lined up, waiting for Verizon to open its doors.

Verizon's iPhone went on sale at 7 a.m. Thursday at both Verizon and Apple stores, as well as at Best Buy and online.

The Verizon iPhone 4, with a two-year contract, retails for $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model.

While the crowds weren't nearly as larges as the ones that mobbed AT&T stores, Verizon said it was expecting significant early-morning traffic at its retail locations.

Since Apple first introduced the iPhone in 2007, customers have been clamoring for the phone to be available on other carriers. There have been ongoing complaints about AT&T's service. The introduction of the Verizon iPhone marks the end of Apple's exclusive contract with AT&T.

Each carrier has its own iPhone handset, so customers looking to change networks will have to buy a new phone. Those who are currently locked into a contract could also face steep early termination fees. With some planning and effort, there are ways to recoup those fees.
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In addition, the iPhone's services are slightly different on each network.

On AT&T, users can multitask, talking on the phone and surfing the web or using apps at the same time. On Verizon, the iPhone handset can be a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five devices. In addition, Verizon is offering unlimited data plans for a flat fee for a limited time.