After months of speculation and rumors, it’s ture: the iPhone has come to Verizon. No longer is it an exclusive product of AT&T. In a press conference with the usual air of pomp and circumstance, Verizon chief operating officer, Lowell Mcadam and Apple COO Tim Cook stepped on stage together to make the announcement official. Pre-orders begin February 3rd and they will be available in the Verizon stores a week later, on February 10.
The iPhone 4 has been slightly redesigned and has been given the CDMA technology to make it work on Verizon’s heavily toted 3G Network. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s the iPhone 4 on Verizon’s 3G network.
3G, 4G, iPhone 4 – What’s the Deal?
With all the talk and hype of 4G by Sprint and Verizon lately, you would think the iPhone 4 would be ready for Verizon’s newly unrolled 4G LTE network. However, Cook was quick to point out that for technical reasons, the technology needed to make the phone available for an LTE network would have forced design changes that Apple was “not ready to make.” Verizon customers have been itching to get their hands on the iPhone and Verizon made clear they were doing everything possible to make that happen. The deal with Apple had been in the works since 2008. Once the deal was complete, Verizon spent a year testing their network.
During the press conference, Verizon maintained that they have been building up their network over that time. Verizon was quick to assure their customers that launching iPhone will not have the impact on the Verizon 3G network that AT&T suffered. Verizon stressed the robustness of their network and stated not only have they increased the capacity for additional users, but they’ve built in more capacity in case they underestimate the usage and increased customer growth. Lastly, they addressed logistics. Not only has big red increased technology, they have been revamping their inventory and shipping infrastructure as well, stressing that they want their customers to have “an optimum experience” with the iPhone 4.
The very next day, Verizon announced the activation of 16 new, 3G cell towers in the New York Metro area. Most of them in outlying Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties.
AT&T or Verizon – What’s the Difference?
Is there a benefit to Verizon over AT&T? That will come down to individual preference. Under the good, the network communication is different. Accessories should all work the same. Cases, however, may not. Because of the antenna requirements of the CDMA network, there is a slight variant in positions of the volume and mute buttons.
The main difference between the two carrier’s iPhone offering is the ability to access data networks while talking on the phone. CDMA technology simply does not allow that to happen. Truly AT&T has an advantage here. However, is that a show stopper for most consumers? Email headers and previously read emails are cached. Locally entered calendar events are also cached. Unless you’re in the habit of surfing while actively using your iPhone’s browser, this may not be as big of an issue to some.
On the other hand, If you have multiple devices you want to get online, the ability to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot with your Verizon iPhone might be what you’re looking for.
There are documented connection and dropped call issues with AT&T. I have heard from fans of both providers. Many are truly brand loyal to their carrier. However, those who are brand loyal to Apple and simply want the coolest, magical device now have a choice to make.
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