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Verizon iPhone: pros and cons

By Dennis Washington

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - After years of begging, Apple is finally bringing its iPhone to the Verizon Wireless network.  New Verizon customers can purchase the iPhone beginning Thursday, Feb. 10.

But is it worth it? Let's consider some of the pros and cons:

Pros


1) It's an iPhone. As popular as the Android and BlackBerry smartphones have been over the years, no device has generated as much hype and buzz as Apple's iPhone. Users have clammored for years to be able to experience the device on a network other than AT&T, and now they get that chance.

2) Hotspot. Verizon's iPhone is essentially the same as AT&T's. However, Verizon's iPhone has a hotspot feature. Up to five devices can connect wirelessly and use the iPhone's data plan.

3) Pricing. The phone will cost the same on both networks, and voice plans are about the same, but data plans are different. Verizon offers unlimited data for $30 a month, while AT&T only offers 2 gigabytes of data for $25 per month.

Cons


1) Outdated in four months?  Apple tends to update its devices every 12 months. If it remains on that schedule, then the next version of the iPhone should come out in June.  However, it you purchase the iPhone 4 now, then upgrading in four months will be very costly (full retail price.)  We won't know until then the new features, but they are usually considered "must-have" by iPhone users.

2) Not 4G. There has been a lot of discussion within the past few months about new 4G networks. Every carrier is rolling out its higher-speed 4G network, but the iPhone 4 does not work on it... it only works on the slower 3G network.  The next version of the iPhone may fix that, but until then, if you want to use 4G speed (both AT&T and Verizon,) you will have to buy a different type of smartphone.

3) No simultaneous talking and surfing.  AT&T allows its iPhone users to use voice and data simultaneously. Verizon iPhone users cannot.  


The ultimate decision on which network to use depends on your service. AT&T has gotten blamed for the past few years for poor service quality, but it has also spent a lot of money to improve its network. We don't know (yet) if Verizon is prepared for the iPhone traffic.

Data speeds are also important. Recent tests by MyFoxAL.com in the Birmingham area showed little overall difference in speeds, but that could change as more iPhone users join the network.

For more information about the iPhone, visit:

www.verizonwireless.com/iphone

www.att.com/iphone

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