Verizon iPhone Fact Sheet

Verizon-iPhone-Fact-Sheet

The iPhone 4 will finally be available on Verizon; America’s largest wireless network. Verizon’s iPhone 4 will be released on Feb 10th ending years of speculation in this regard.

Availability

Verizon’s iPhone 4 was available for pre-sale from Thrusday Feb 3th. The entire inventory was sold the same evening. The phone will now be available on Verizon’s website from Feb 9th and in Apple and Verizon stores from Feb 10th.

Pricing

Verizon and AT&T have almost identical prices for their iPhones with both companies selling the 16GB iPhone 4 at $199 and the 32GB version at $299. The similarity in prices is contrasted by the major differences in the rate plans that the companies offer. Both companies offer voice plans that come with different features but are priced identically at $40, $60 and $70. The real difference lies in the data plans.

AT&T’s basic plan is priced at $15 for 200MB download. Other plans include a $25/2GB plan and a high-end $45/2GB plan which allows the subscriber to connect his notebook or desktop computer to the internet via the iPhone. Any such connection is limited to one device. AT&T also offers a slew of messaging plans with a $20 plan for unlimited messaging.

Alternately, Verizon is offering an unlimited use data plan for $30 a month. It has also announced a $50 plan which bundles unlimited data usage with the ability to tether up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices on a 3G mobile hotspot. The usage limit for tethered devices is 2GB and the company will charge $20 per GB for additional data usage. Verizon’s messaging plans are similar to the ones offered by AT&T with an identical $20 unlimited messaging plan.

Phone Comparison

While both versions of the iPhone are nearly identical in appearance, the fundamental difference lies in the fact that AT&T’s iPhone 4 is based on GSM technology while the Verizon iPhone 4 is based on CDMA. As a result, Verizon’s iPhone 4 variant has a different antenna and a Ringer Off switch that has been moved to accommodate the antenna. The Verizon variant also features a Personal Hotspot which can be used to tether up to five Wi-Fi devices to the iPhone at the same time.

The major negative in the Verizon iPhone 4 is the inability to talk and surf at the same time; a problem that AT&T has increasingly focused on in the past few months. This problem is mainly due to Verizon’s CDMA platform and hence doesn’t affect AT&T’s GSM based iPhone 4. However, many journalists feel that isn’t that big a deal and will not affect the Verizon iPhone’s popularity.

Apple has released an update for AT&T’s iPhone every summer, it remains to be seen whether the same will also be true for the Verizon iPhone 4.

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