I can still remember June 29, 2007 like it was yesterday. It was the day my 4 GB iPhone operating on the EDGE network from AT&T came into my possession. It cost me $499 off the top and would cost me around $100 per month to maintain. To me, it was worth it. I was one of the few who had a personal computer in my pocket. And I could talk to friends on it as well. I was a T-Mobile customer before, I switched to AT&T a few months prior on the news Apple was releasing a cell phone.
Less than 4 years later I hold my iPhone 4 in my hand. It contains 16 GB of storage and had cost me only $199. It is faster and contains many features I could have only dreamt about when I purchased the original at over twice the price. On January 11, 2011 Apple announced the iPhone 4 would become available with another carrier. On February 10, 2011 the iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon.
An issue facing the public is the iPhone 4 for Verizon will be a completely different phone than the iPhone 4 for AT&T. The price points will be the same for both versions. iPhone 4s will be priced at $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32 GB model. The big surprise is the Verizon model will contain a 3G-antenna meaning it will not be compatible on their new 4G network.
Benefits of the AT&T model are the world wide roaming while the Verizon model will have limited roaming capabilities. Also one of the benefits of the iPhone 4 is the ability to simultaneously utilize the voice and data features of the device. On the Verizon model this feature will not be available due to network limitations.
Features boding well for the Verizon model are that while the AT&T model is theoretically faster due to the stronger 3G network, the Verizon network is far more reliable resulting in less dropped calls and a stronger signal in areas that AT&T struggles with.
The focal point of the Verizon model is the phone can act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 5 devices. What is great about this feature is the ability to access the Internet on your laptop or other device in areas that may not offer free access such as airports and some budget hotels.
I am still under contact with AT&T so I will not be switching to a new network. I do love the Wi-Fi feature of the Verizon model but speed and the ability to multi-task while using my device is a benefit I would not be willing to give up. If I were a new customer trying to decide which device to get, it would be a tough decision to make. I would lean toward the Verizon model due to the stronger network and Wi-Fi capabilities.
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