Verizon Unveils First iPhone Ad

Verizon began airing its first iPhone 4 ad Thursday night with a reminder that it will begin selling Apple’s combination iPod and smartphone on February 10. The cell service provider will be the second U.S. iPhone carrier, and the first company to offer a CDMA-compatible version of Apple’s smartphone.

Verizon announced it would be offering iPhone service at a special media event in January. Previously, the iPhone has been available in the U.S. exclusively through AT&T and its GSM-based cell network.

Since the GSM technology Apple uses in iPhones that are already available isn’t compatible with the CDMA technology Verizon uses, Apple had to build a special version of the phone for the launch.

Like the iPhone 4 that’s already available through a long list of carriers around the world, the Verizon version will include a Retina Display, front and rear-facing cameras, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, App Store support, and a built-in GPS.

Verizon’s iPhone 4 commercial is available for viewing at the YouTube Web site.