So the announcement is official. Verizon will be carrying the iPhone 4. Here is my take on the Verizon iPhone 4 as an iPhone user for many years:

Pro’s:

  • The Verizon iPhone will double as a hotspot (tethering) (I like this!)
  • You could jailbreak this phone to be used on other CDMA networks like Sprint

Con’s:

  • It’s the same iPhone 4 with the antennae problems
  • It’s running on Verizon’s old CDMA technology
  • Verizon will be a few months behind AT&T. AT&T will get new upgrades every June. Verizon every January.
  • The iPhone will slow down the Verizon network.
  • The Verizon logo will not be on the Phone.
  • Still doesn’t come in White!

Here is the Apple Press ReleaseMy opinion: I have always admired AT&T’s network here on Long Island. AT&T is making significant investments in WiFi in the Long Island/NYC area. A combination of less iPhones on the network and a growing WiFi network will result in a better experience for AT&T customers who remain with their AT&T iPhones.

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  1. David Daniels - Site Author January 15, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    That’s true Bill, in your neck of the woods Verizon has better service. I’m 1/2 an hr from the city and AT&T has invested heavily around here. Verizon, though, is raising the bar with the ability to turn the phone into a WiFi hotspot and I’m hoping that AT&T follows. It is a game changer. I was thinking of getting an iPad with 3g or getting a personal hotspot card for the times I cannot find wifi. If AT&T turns on the hotspot function my phone will double as the hotspot card and I would not need to pay extra for a 3g iPad. It will be interesting to see what happens next in the industry.

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  2. Bill January 14, 2011 at 6:54 AM

    I’ve been waiting for this for years, Dave. I’m a long time Verizon customer because they have the best cell coverage in my neck of the woods. As much as I’ve wanted an iPhone I wasn’t going back to AT&T for it. I had their service once and it was horrible. I dropped them as soon as my contract was up.

    I’m may or may not sign up for this immediately. I think it might be a good idea to wait and see how happy Verizon users are with their iPhones to make sure it’s really worth it. If the reviews are bad I’ll pick up an iPod Touch.

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