Yesterday Verizon finally announced that next month, they will be releasing the much rumored CDMA iPhone 4 for their network. My question for you today however is, should you care? The answer isn’t that straight forward.
If you are currently not on AT&T, the announcement is a pretty big deal. Most people who haven’t already jumped to AT&T for the iPhone do so because AT&T service in their area is horrible. In that case, Verizon’s announcement today should come as a pretty big deal to those who have always wanted to purchase an iPhone, but were weary of AT&T’s network coverage. More choices for the consumer is always a plus in my book.
If you’re already on AT&T and own an iPhone 4, you’re most likely already stuck in a 2 year contract so Verizon’s announcement doesn’t really affect you unless you are willing to pay an ETF and buy a brand new iPhone 4 that works on their network. Cost wise, I don’t suggest it unless you really must switch networks. Just note that you’ll be basically buying the same exact phone you have now, just with a different antenna design for CDMA. You should also note that Verizon’s CDMA network will not support simultaneous voice and data on the iPhone 4. Still though, it may be faster in certain areas.
A good point to make here as stated above is that the iPhone 4 on Verizon is really no different from the iPhone 4 on AT&T. Everything on both versions are the same for the most part except for the antenna design and chip set for their respective networks. Verizon’s iPhone does run a slightly updated version of the 4.2 firmware but that’s most likely due to the mobile hotspot feature that appears on the Verizon version and not the AT&T version.
My suggestion to those who are considering the iPhone for Verizon is to just wait. The next version of the iPhone is just around the corner (June/July) and wouldn’t you be quite upset that after 5 short months, you’re iPhone 4 is already outdated especially if the newer version might run on Verizon’s faster LTE network? If you already own an iPhone 4 or any iPhone for that matter, this is a good reason to wait. If you don’t have one, it’s pretty tempting to buy the Verizon iPhone. Just remember that a new one will be out in the middle of this year. But if you do decide to purchase, check out the Plantronics m100 as well.
Regardless, the announcement is significant because now, consumers will have a choice of what carrier they can buy an iPhone on. Sure it’s only on AT&T and Verizon right now but hopefully, it’ll be on all major carriers soon. Can we hope for an unlocked version for the US?