The phone is identical to the version on AT&T with three exceptions:
- 1. The metal band around the edge of the phone has gaps (just like the AT&T model), but they are in slightly different places. This is not an upgrade; simply the band - which is actually the phone’s external antenna - is optimized for Verizon’s CDMA network.
- 2. The Verizon iPhone4 cannot simultaneously receive voice and data information. This is a limitation of the CDMA network rather than of the phone itself. AT&T’s GSM network can do this, and when Verizon, AT&T, and and other carriers move to next generation LTE technology, this limitation will no longer be an issue for any service provider.
- 3. Verizon’s iPhone4 will have a wireless hotspot feature. This lets you use your phone as a wireless modem for your laptop, iPad or other wifi device. Verizon’s iPhone4 ships with version 4.3 of iOS and rumor is that when AT&T’s iPhone gets updated, it will also have this function. The simultaneous voice/data difference will affect the Verizon phone with this app as well. If a call comes in while you are using it has a hotspot, your internet service will stop and the phone will ask if you want to answer the call.
- 1. Contract fees – AT&T’s fee for breaking a new smartphone contract is “$325 minus $10 for each full month of your Service Commitment that you complete.” Most other carrier’s fees are similar for smartphones, so make sure you know how much it is going to cost you to break your existing contract.
- 2. Do not cancel your service before you switch. You will want Verizon to be able to port your existing phone number – if you cancel your existing service beforehand, your number may become unavailable.
- 3. A new iPhone will be coming out in this summer. Apple traditionally has these devices on a one year release cycle, making a new handset around June more than likely. Rumors are flying about a dual band GSM/CDMA chipset for the next iPhone revision indicating that the same handset will be released to both carriers, and probably at the same time.
- 4. The iPhone4 is not an LTE device, therefore the “new 4G network” Verizon is advertising won’t make any difference to you.