Finally, iPhone fans have some choices from where they get their iPhone instead of merely opting for the only network that carries it. Competition is a good thing for everyone.
Now the big question most folks are wondering is whether or not there is a clear advantage in using the iPhone from Verizon over the one from AT&T. My answer to this is that it depends on what you want from the device and where you live. Anyone who tells you that there isn’t a difference between the two phones is, unfortunately, terribly misinformed.
AT&T iPhone – the good, the bad, and the really ugly
In most smaller towns, you will likely find that the AT&T signal is fine. Generally speaking, as long as you’re not inside, you find that you can get the kind of signal strength that you expect and everything works well enough.
But that is where the good stops. Despite its speed and the ability to allow for speech and data at the same time, coverage is generally pretty crappy. I’m not saying that it’s as bad as it once was. But for many areas, such as the rural areas of Montana (where Verizon works fine), AT&T is a bit of a letdown with the bars provided.
As for using the iPhone to allow for computer data tethering, the AT&T iPhone does this well with the addition of an extra data plan. This also means that if you’re having a phone conversation, you can still utilize the tethering for use with a laptop.
Verizon iPhone – it’s new, but who should care?
Brand new to the world, the Verizon iPhone promises users choice in their Apple phone selection. And with that, this means that if you’re a Verizon subscriber, then you finally have the option of trying out the iOS powered phone for yourself.
This means, unlike the spotty coverage experienced by AT&T users, you will find that better coverage and the iPhone finally go hand in hand. The downside to using the Verizon iPhone, however, is that you will not be enjoying its new 4G technology. Rather, you’ll find that you’re using its older 3G technology, instead. Worse, there’s currently no talking and data usage at the same time.
And in place of tethering, iPhone Verizon users will have something called Personal Hotspot. Like with AT&T, this is available for an extra fee.
Is it worth it?
So there you have it. If you, like many people, have issues with spotty coverage with AT&T but want an iPhone, then considering a Verizon iPhone might be a good match. Just realize its limitations, lack of 4G (like with Android), and you will be fine. Otherwise, you might as well stick with AT&T if you’re already a customer.