The Verizon iPhone

The Verizon iPhone

The Apple iPhone begins a new era on Verizon Wireless  and marks the end of an era of iPhone exclusivity for AT&T. In what appears to be part celebration and part sales pitch, Verizon is airing commercials sending subliminal messages to both AT&T and their customers regarding the poor call quality often complained about when it comes to the iPhone.

The Verizon iPhone pre-sale is over but you can still buy the smartphone online and in Verizon Wireless retail stores of course. Verizon iPhone pricing is only $199 for the 16GB model or $299 for the 32GB version of the phone when you agree to the two-year activation and data plan requirement.

Of course, you have the option of buying the Verizon iPhone without contract. The prices are $649 for the 16GB version and $749 for the 32GB model. The voice plans Verizon offers are on par with AT&T, priced at $40 for 450 minutes and $60 for 900 minutes. The $60 plan Verizon allows you to choose five phone numbers that you can call unlimited. Alternatively, you can spend $70 for unlimited calls across the board.

Reviews are in regarding the Verizon iPhone and almost all opinions agree that the phone is better on the Verizon network. Voice calls seem to drop less frequently and data while it may be a tad slower (according to reports) on the Verizon network, it is more consistent.

However, what is almost completely skipped over in practically all reviews is that while data use and call functionality appear to be working wonderfully at the moment, that does not mean it will be the same when the expected millions hurdle over to the Verizon network to fetch the new iPhone.

Most important and sadly omitted in many reviews is the fact that Verizon changed their data plan and will begin data-throttling the customers who use the most data. This no doubt will be iPhone customers. The throttling begins when you use what Verizon labels an “extraordinary amount of data” and carries over to your next billing cycle.

Apart from the data-throttling here are some other things for you to consider.

  1. You cannot talk and use data simultaneously.
  2. The Verizon iPhone is a CDMA phone and most countries use GSM.
  3. You can use the Verizon iPhone as a hot spot for other WiFi devices.

The Verizon iPhone is not an AT&T iPhone with a Verizon logo on it.

This is a completely different handset in terms of certain components used in the manufacturing process. The Verizon iPhone uses a different logic board, has the same Qualcomm chip found in an Android world phone and a new antenna design. That means with the Verizon iPhone you will get fewer dropped calls.

Other than a few technical differences, the Verizon iPhone is still an Apple iPhone which means you get all the goodness of FaceTime, iOS, the 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, Retina Display and more. Then of course there are the thousands upon thousands of iPhone apps for you to enjoy.

To some though, fewer dropped calls is all that matters. The Verizon iPhone.

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