Verizon iPhone – All You Need to Know

The wait has been tremendous, and the rumors numerous.

The Verizon iPhone is finally a reality, and here is everything you need to know.

Specs

It’s an iPhone 4, and the Verizon version is basically identical to the AT&T model.

Network:

This is a 3G phone. It is not 4G LTE compatible.

Software:

Stock iOS 4.2.5 just like AT&T. Apple is not allowing Verizon to add any custom software like V Cast.

This is a good thing.

Hardware Changes:
  • The antenna is CDMA which makes it compatible with Verizon’s network.
  • The volume buttons are in a slightly different location. As a result, AT&T iPhone 4 cases will probably not work on the Verizon iPhone 4.
  • There is no SIM-Card slot.
New Functionality:
  • Mobile hot-spotting – You can use your phone to provide wi-fi Internet Access for up to six other devices.
  • Tethering – You can plug your phone into your computer with a USB cable and use your phone to provide Internet access for your laptop.

Contract & Plan

$200 for the 16GB model with a two year contract.

$300 for the 32GB model with a two year contract.

There is no official word on the cost of adding tethering or mobile hot-spoting, but you can assume that it will cost more.

Release

Pre-orders begin on Thursday, February 3, 2011.

The iPhone will  be officially available on Thursday, February 10, 2011.

Everything is first come, first serve, so expect a free for all.

To Buy or Not To Buy?

It’s great that Apple finally ended this AT&T exclusivity garbage. That being said, I don’t believe it’s the best time to buy an iPhone. The iPhone 4 is six month old hardware, and that’s about a quarter of the life of a mobile device.

I will be shocked if Apple doesn’t release 4G capable iPhones this Spring.

As a result, my recommendation is to wait a few months more and get the next-gen hardware.

Or buy an Android phone

Sources

Verizon Wireless (Image)

Verizon iPhone 4 Notes: Hotspot, Antenna, iOS 4.2.5, White iPhone 4 Images Removed

Apple will not allow Verizon to preload software on iPhone

Verizon iPhone 4 FAQ

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