Verizon iPhone vs. AT&T iPhone

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Today Apple and Verizon announced the release of the CDMA version of the iPhone 4.

Highlights

  • The Verizon iPhone will be available for purchase early next month (Current subscribers can pre order starting February 3. Available to all at Verizon and Apple stores starting February 10)
  • Pricing is $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB. Data prices not announced. Rumored unlimited data plan for $30 a month.
  • Support for tethering upto 5 devices. Hot spot prices not yet announced.

The Good

  • Tethering – The Verizon iPhone 4 can share the 3G connection with up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices. GoogleChic, that means Android just lost some bragging rights 🙂
  • Choice of network – Prospective iPhone 4 customers can now choose between AT&T and Verizon network. AT&T iPhone exclusivity was propelling Android phones on Verizon. With the  Verizon iPhone release, we can look forward to Android’s downhill trajectory 😉
  • No crappy pre-installed Verizon Apps – Shouldn’t we thank Apple for keeping these operators like Verizon on a tight leash?

The Bad

  • No LTE support – The Verizon iPhone 4 supports CDMA (3G) only and  is not LTE (4G) capable. So you cannot avail the super fast 4G LTE network data rates on the iPhone.
  • No simultaneous voice and data calls – Ouch this one is gonna hurt Verizon! Verizon’s CDMA network can’t handle data and voice both at the same time and AT&T can! (You should expect to see AT&T dissing Verizon over this in the future)
  • CDMA technology – If you are one of those world trotters, you won’t be able to use the Verizon iPhone in most countries where CDMA is not supported.
  • No Facetime over Verizon network – Just as AT&T, Verizon will not allow FaceTime over its 3G network. With an expected 9 – 10 million units sales by end of this year, Verizon seems to be reluctant to give away its 3G network for FaceTime calls. GoogleChic, do you think Verizon expects more video calling with iPhones than with Androids? 😉
All in all, if you think AT&T network really sucks and you are one of those tethering freaks who doesn’t mind the few drawbacks then the Verizon iPhone is a good fit for you.

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Finally! After the long grueling wait(years in fact) the iPhone is now available on big red.

However, as AppleGirl has mentioned there are quite a number of drawbacks that you will need to evaluate before switching to big red if you wish.

Yes, tethering is supported on the Verizon’s version, but is that more important than being able to surf and talk at the same time? I agree with AppleGirl on this one, it’s a big ouch! As for bragging rights, I’m actually tired of bragging about being able to tether. This is old news for us Android users, we’ll move onto bragging about dual core phones and fingerprint scanners on our phone (more to come on this, I’m referring to the Motorola Atrix 4G).

Not to mention, Verizon is coming out with their LTE network, but thanks to Steve Jobs, iPhone users are going to be left behind since Apple doesn’t like to adapt to “newer” (not proven according to Jobs) technologies. Again, think about a dual core processor phone utilizing the 4G speed, this is the future, taking the power of smartphones to a new level. Hmm, AppleGirl sounds like the Android trajectory will just go uphill 😉

In fact, I’m really happy that the iPhone is going to Verizon. Now that AT&T is no longer the exclusive carrier it looks like they’re finally improving their Android line. In fact the Motorola Atrix 4G is heading to them!

For all you die hard Apple fans, check out the chart below from Engadget. It’s food for thought before you lock yourself down one way or another.


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