The wait has been tremendous, and the rumors numerous.
The Verizon iPhone is finally a reality, and here is everything you need to know.
It’s an iPhone 4, and the Verizon version is basically identical to the AT&T model.
This is a 3G phone. It is not 4G LTE compatible.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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