At last the Verizon iPhone 4
So the time has finally come ladies and gentlemen. The Apple iPhone 4 has finally made its way onto another carrier here in the states. It has been about 4 years in the making and the announcement has officially been made. With the announcment of the much anticipated Verizon iPhone, At&t iPhone addicts now have no reason to complain about their service, as an “option” has now become available.
The Verizon iPhone was officially announced on 1-11 and will become available to the carriers customers on February 10th. The hardware of the new Verizon iPhone 4 has under gone some minor redesigns to make it compatible with Verizon’s network. The Verizon iPhone has been re-engineered to house a CDMA radio as the At&t version uses GSM standards. This “redesign” essentially shifts some small components within the device and translates into a slightly updated antenna design around the iPhone 4. With that being said , the only question that remains is…will the Verizon iPhone 4 have the same death grip problems that have plagued the At&t version. The Verizon version of the iPhone 4 also comes with one slight perk that At&t users have been denied for quite some time. The new Verizon iPhone can be used as a personal Hotspot device. This simply means you can use your iPhone 4 as signal router that will allow for 5 different Wi-fi capable devices to use your Verizon data and connect to the internet. At&t customers do not have this ability, however wired tethering is indeed available to the At&t iPhone since the phones last OS update. Also Verizon has announced that they will indeed be offering up unlimited data plans for their new iPhone 4. If you’re signing a new contract with At&t you will not get this option. But that’s about it in regard to the difference between the two.
Now the only question remains is should you switch? If you are an existing Verizon customer the choice is probably going to be quite simple for you, either you want one or you dont. But what about the hoards of At&t users that have constantly been complaining about reception and signal issues. Should they switch? (They should of a long time ago, regardless of devices). Let’s discuss some details that may make the decision process a bit easier.
The main difference between the two phones is At&t runs on a GSM/UTMS radio while Verizon’s runs on CDMA technology. The technical difference between the two is another story entirely. However let’s discuss the general differences in regard to how we all use are phones.
CDMA devices will not allow for data and cellular calls simultaneously, this means you cannot load a website or receive emails when talking on the phone, GSM devices can indeed use both of these features at the same time.
GSM is seemingly an international standard as the majority of the world’s carriers are using this technology within their devices. So what’s that mean to you? Well nothing if you don’t get out of the country much. If you do travel however, the GSM model will allow for “swapping” of a SIM card which in turn will save you some huge roaming fees when making calls abroad. This should indeed be something to take a gander at if you do indeed travel a lot. Also another issue to take into consideration and possibly the most important to iPhone users is Verizon’s 3G data is generally slower then At&t’s. While you may not drop as many calls but you will be waiting a bit longer for load times.
So is the Verizon iPhone all it’s cracked up to be? Have the incessant rants for a Verizon iPhone really been worth it? Was it legitimate hype or simply a cry from end users for choice? My guess would be it was a cry out for choice/options.
I may be wrong, but I would assume not many Verizon Droid users will be switching to the fruitiness of the Apple iPhone 4, however I have heard many die hard Blackberry users cheer at the Verizon iPhone and simply cannot wait for the device to be available.
Before yesterday the rumor of a CDMA iPhone always seemed to be the most anticipated and ground breaking unicorn within the mobile space….today it just seems like another phone in a large ocean of mobile devices. But whats your take?
Will you be jumping ship from At&t to join big red Verizon? Are you an Android or Blackberry user on Verizon looking for your iOS fix? Or do you not care at all and think its about damn time Verizon and Apple shut the consistant rumors down? Let us know in the comments below.
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