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Verizon I Phone, should you care?

Feb 3, 2011 is the day that current Verizon  wireless customers can order their I Phone.  To hear some of the techies describe this occasion you would think it is the greatest thing to happen since Marconi discovered radio waves.  But to the average person is this a big deal?

Well it just depends.  Here is some basic information

High speed 3g coverage

You might remember these Verizon Map ads from a year or so ago.  Verizon rightly proclaimed they have the largest 3g data network and ATT responded with a lawsuit that they quickly and quietly dropped. ATT's new ads now proclaim that their network is faster. In the blue areas that is true.  ATT is billing their current net as 4g but really it is an enhanced 3g.  The current Iphone does not work on any of the true 4g networks that are rolling out. So if you want truly fast Internet on your phone then look at the Sprint Evo or the soon to be released HTC Thunderbolt or Droid Bionic from VZW.  

If you are concerned about call quality and dropped calls then the VZW network is generally regarded as a better network than ATT.  However, if you are a current ATT customer and happy with your call quality then it shouldn't matter.  Many ATT customers are not happy with the call quality and want to actually be able to talk in their phone.

Both phones are the same Iphone 4th generation.  The 4g does not refer to 4g network speeds.  There are some minor differences.  The facetime video chat feature on the VZW phone will only work if you also have a wifi connection.  Likewise if you want to talk and surf at the same time.  I don't think that is a very big deal but to some it might make a difference.  The VZW Iphone does have one feature that the ATT device does not.  That is mobile hotspot.  You can use your phone to broadcast a wifi signal and connect your other wifi devices like ipod, laptop, etc to the Internet using you phone as a modem. I don't know the cost for this but on other VZW devices it's about $20 per month and that will get you 2gb of data.

Speaking of amounts of Data .... the ATT data plans are limited and you will incur extra charges if you go over the allowance.  The $25 plan gives you 2 gb of usage which is a pretty good chunk but if you are a real heavy user that's not enough.  The current data plan for $29.99 on VZW is unlimited!!!!  Depending on your usage habits this might be a really big deal.  Take note that VZW says the $29.99 is a promotional offer. If you get in now you'll be able to keep it.  I think it does send a strong signal that there will be a change in their data plans though.  Sprint charges and an extra $10 if you have the Evo.  ATT has the limits already discussed.  T-mobile degrades your service if you go past the limit.  Look for VZW to make some sort of change to the data plans in the future.  However, like I said, you'll be "grandfathered" in on the unlimited plan if you already have it.

My opinion: If you are a current ATT Iphone user and happy with the service don't even consider changing. If you are a current VZW customer and have been dying to worship at the alter of Apple then jump on it.  If you want a super cool, super fast phone, then other phones that are already on the market or the very near horizon will blow the current generation of Iphone out of the water.  The Samsung Galaxy S phones are on all 4 major networks, the current Droid2 and upcoming Thunderbolt and Bionic on VZW are dual core processing Android powered rocket ships running on a true 4g LTE network where available, and the Motorola Atrix on ATT was the top reviewed cell phone from this years consumer electronic show.  

Current Verizon Wireless customers can order on Feb 3 for delivery by Feb 10.  If you want to switch to Verizon and order the Iphone you'll need to wait until Feb 10.




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Comment balloon 5 commentsBob Southard • February 02 2011 10:10AM


Bob - I have always have had great coverage with AT&T. I just bought the iphone over the weekend and love it. I have not had any problems with it on At&T yet.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) over 9 years ago


Where I live ATT has spotty coverage.  I have an ancient Palm Treo with Verizon.  I am just hold on until I can get the IPhone.  February 10th can't come too soon.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 9 years ago

there was a time when this would have been such big news to me and i would have been the first one in line, but i am so utterly happy with my android, I just don't care - isn't that amazing?  :)

Posted by Courtney Cooper, 206-850-8841 (Ben Kinney Brokerages Leadership at our Keller Williams North Seattle Office) over 9 years ago

Kim Komando just did a video on whether or not you should buy the Verizon Iphone.  Here is the link.




Her basic answer is probably not.  Wait for 4g and wait for Iphone 5.....


If you are on Verizon right now and you want superfast and super cool phones look at the very soon to be released HTC Thunderbolt or the Droid Bionic.

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 9 years ago

My area has very spotty coverage and Verizon is the only one that rarely drops calls.  I have a droid and I've been very pleased with it.  Verizon also has a device called the "extender".  It plugs into your router and becomes your own cell tower.  You immediately go to maximum bars and you'll never drop a call in your home or office area again.  I don't know if this is available with other service providers.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) over 9 years ago

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