It’s a great day to be a Verizon customer. If you haven’t gotten the news yet, the iPhone is now available on both AT&T and Verizon. Verizon customers have been waiting a long time for the iPhone, but is it really worth the wait? That’s what you can expect to find out after reading this guide!
If there ever was a device that’s been hyped up by the media inside and out, it’s definitely the iPhone. Even though there are plans for a 5th generation device, the current model in use right now is the iPhone 4.
One thing that you have to understand right off the bat is that this is going to be a slightly different phone than what you would have found on AT&T. That’s because there are two different standards at play here. On AT&T you have GSM, which is mainly used overseas, and on Verizon you have CDMA, which is more or less unique to North America and a few other places. There are some serious differences between the two, which means that you have to make sure that you know what you’re getting into with the iPhone. It’ll be a lot less painful that way!
Speed isn’t going to be a problem with the Verizon iPhone — you’ll be able to take full advantage of those 1xEV-DO rev A speeds, as you might expect. Initial reviews have been pretty positive of this fact, which means that Verizon users can look forward to browsing websites and exchanging data faster than they might have been able to in the past.
The screen is still huge at 640×960 pixels, and you can rest assured that the colors are still as vibrant and heavy as they were on the AT&T. Retina is definitely a good thing.
The nice part about the iPhone on Verizon is that the interface is much the same. The call quality is a lot higher on Verizon than it is on the AT&T network, but that’s not the only thing that’s superior.
On Verizon, the iPhone 4 can act as a mobile hotspot. If you’re traveling along and you want to make sure that everyone around you can connect to the Internet, then you will definitely want to step up to the plate with the Verizon model more than the AT&T version. However, don’t think that this will be a freebie: you will need to pay $20/mo on top of your normal data costs to have the ability to share a data connection with up to 5 devices.
Is the Verizon powered iPhone worth it? At this point, we would definitely have to say yes. However, be prepared to find that Verizon’s overall costs are a bit higher than what you might have experienced on AT&T. It just depends. Right now, Verizon has unlimited iPhone data, but this is something that could change as popularity grows.
Will this new information steer you to Verizon, or you’ll be staying with AT&T? Sound off in the comments!