Verizon iPhone Details

Like most good geeks this morning, I read the liveblogs regarding the Verizon announcements. At the top of the list was Engadget’s live reporting (they always do a killer job) and Techcrunch as they, like me are always interested in the business side of it all. Of course, if that’s the focus, I guess we should point all the Wall Street Journal piece as well.

Long and short of it all. iPhone launches February 10 for Verizon at pretty much the same pricing and features as the iPhone on AT&T has right now. Same phone as AT&T too, just a special antenna for their network.

I say pretty much because it’s got something very cool that AT&T doesn’t have, and something very silly that AT&T is glad she doesn’t have: On the upside of things, you’ve got a “personal hotspot” option that will let you make your Verizon iPhone into, yup, a personal hotspot. Very cool – Internet tethering on steroids. On the downside of the things, the Verizon iPhone uses CDMA technology which, among other things, means you can’t do data and voice at the same time.

Yup, do something with data, phone rings, data stops on the new device. How very AT&T of Verizon. Sure technically, it’s a limitation of CDMA technology but it just smacks of AT&T’s initial launch of the iPhone on the Edge Network.

The iPhone 5 is going to come out this year and Verizon is selling a phone that can’t do voice and data at the same time. Sure, insert the AT&T still hasn’t figured out how to do voice joke here but, let’s be honest, it’s not the coup we were looking for.

So, should an existing customer upgrade? TNW says no.

I’m curious what you think …

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Webster57

    I don't know what my friends on AT&T network will do, but for those of us living in the boonies (about 25 miles from Lynn Terry), this is what we have been waiting for.

  • http://www.crushitvideo.com Jimmy

    Paul — AT&T has the worst service ever. I drop way too many calls and have limited service in major Metro Areas. It doesn't matter if AT&T's service will allow me to do 20 things at once because it is only in theory — Their service is always bogged down or limited. The only reason I have AT&T is because of the iphone.

    A Verizon CDMA is a welcome breath of fresh air for me. I can finally go back to one mobile phone. I always had a Verizon phone as a back up for the many times AT&T's service was particularly bad.

    Happy to kick AT&T to the curb.
    JImmy

  • Michael

    I'll stick with my pay-as-you go machine for voice messages and for a mere $5 bucks a month keep in touch with my iTouch Sype. I'm not into self rapping from the guns of either AT&T or Verizon.

  • paulcolligan

    Good point.

  • paulcolligan

    Great points. Thanks.

  • paulcolligan

    There it is.

  • http://www.BrendanWenzel.net/ Brendan Wenzel

    Both these companies are terrible. I'm going with the EVO from Sprint when I get back to the States next week.

  • Nkeno

    iPhone 5…. Sounds interesting.

  • Josh_Anderson

    EVO looks like a great phone… but what you do not know is the small print that is not disclosed when you get your contract from Sprint…

    What they call “unlimited” is only unlimited on their very limited network…

    The small print is that you are limited to 300mb data in roaming.. and with sprint you are likely to be roaming a lot since they tout that you can roam on verizon.

    They then charge you an overage of $.25 per MB:

    http://support.sprint.com/supp

    This is stuff they are not likely to tell you at the Sprint store.. I had to get an obscure pamphlet to even find these terms.

    When I was considering phones I loved the look and feel of the EVO but living in the mountain west I knew that I would be roaming a lot with Sprint… in fact my first test was to be a trip from boise to Yellow Stone to Billings.

    I went with Verizon and got the Droid Incredible. Good thing I did… I used about 6gb of data during my “test trip” which all would have been roaming on Sprint… but on Verizon it was 3 G all the way! In fact the only dead spot was a short 10 mile stretch between the West Yellow Stone Park entrance and Old Faithful… where I got a full 5 bars from Verizon.

    We streamed youtube videos from Boise to Yellow Stone and Yellow Stone to billings playing them over the bluetooth radio for the kids.

    My goal was to kick the crap out of the Droid Incredible and the Verizon network in my tests.

    And now that the Droid Incredible has Froyo 2.2 with the full version of flashplayer I would never dream of “downgrading” to an iphone.

    I may pick up an iPhone from Verizon on a second line just to have it as a toy… but my main phone will likely always be an Android. The iPhone just does not provide all I want in a phone… Android does.

  • Josh_Anderson

    EVO looks like a great phone… but what you do not know is the small print that is not disclosed when you get your contract from Sprint…

    What they call “unlimited” is only unlimited on their very limited network…

    The small print is that you are limited to 300mb data in roaming.. and with sprint you are likely to be roaming a lot since they tout that you can roam on verizon.

    They then charge you an overage of $.25 per MB:

    http://support.sprint.com/supp

    This is stuff they are not likely to tell you at the Sprint store.. I had to get an obscure pamphlet to even find these terms.

    When I was considering phones I loved the look and feel of the EVO but living in the mountain west I knew that I would be roaming a lot with Sprint… in fact my first test was to be a trip from boise to Yellow Stone to Billings.

    I went with Verizon and got the Droid Incredible. Good thing I did… I used about 6gb of data during my “test trip” which all would have been roaming on Sprint… but on Verizon it was 3 G all the way! In fact the only dead spot was a short 10 mile stretch between the West Yellow Stone Park entrance and Old Faithful… where I got a full 5 bars from Verizon.

    We streamed youtube videos from Boise to Yellow Stone and Yellow Stone to billings playing them over the bluetooth radio for the kids.

    My goal was to kick the crap out of the Droid Incredible and the Verizon network in my tests.

    And now that the Droid Incredible has Froyo 2.2 with the full version of flashplayer I would never dream of “downgrading” to an iphone.

    I may pick up an iPhone from Verizon on a second line just to have it as a toy… but my main phone will likely always be an Android. The iPhone just does not provide all I want in a phone… Android does.

  • http://www.schoolofpodcasting.com Dave Jackson

    One thing Verizon did was take too long to get this deal done. In the meantime I've purchased my droid, and got a whole bunch of apps that I use on a daily basis. Is the iphone that much cooler than my droid? I don't see it (besides that logo on the back that would say “Look I paid too much for a phone TWICE). I can only think of one app (Lose it!) that I can't get on the droid – YET. My only complaint about my droid is the battery life. My solution is I have a usb charger at work, home, and one in the car. Problem solved.

  • Bill

    Has AT&T made changes so you can now have voice and date at the same time?

  • http://www.newprimetime.com Elizabeth Harrington

    any one- have any idea when iphone 5 coming out? Other than that..I am sticking with AT&T…they have been awesome with customer service lately..even able to negotiate outrageously high international plan over holidays…I made the error re data plan..-they let me backdate and upgrade the plan..kudos to them..could have been a very expensive holiday!!

  • Bill

    Has AT&T made changes so you can now have voice and DATA at the same time?

  • Josh_Anderson

    I purchased a larger battery for my droid incredible… the result is that I went from 8 hours of battery life on heavy use to two days worth of battery life… three if I am not using it heavy.

  • paulcolligan

    You are the first person I've ever heard say they prefer Sprint!

  • paulcolligan

    One every year – it is how Apple does things.

  • paulcolligan

    Listen to Josh guys – I know he tests and fine-tunes this kinda stuff.

  • paulcolligan

    I think it app developers should do a cross-trading program. How cool would that be?

  • paulcolligan

    Always been that way with 3g.

  • paulcolligan

    It will be this summer – just like is has been every summer.

  • paulcolligan

    You do an eBay thing or pick from a dealer? If so, which one, I'm sure some of the Droid users would like to know.

  • Beckham319

    II decided to go with Droid Incredible.

  • http://www.membershipmiracle.com Kevin

    Oh Man! My current contract with AT&T is up in FEB. (I have the 3G iPhone). I have been looking at the android as an alternative. Its faster and cheaper. AT&T will grandfather your “Unlimited” plan if you stay with them and I am already using the jailbroken Mifi app so my iPhone 3g IS a hotspot for my iPad. So I'm not sure what I would gain going with Verizon other than less dropped calls. My wife has an iPhone 4 and I really do not like the glass back. so I think I'm going to wait and see what is in store for the iPhone 5.

  • http://askwendyweber.com Wendy

    Thanks for the update.

  • paulcolligan

    Another for Droid!

  • paulcolligan

    iPhone 5 ain't that far away. Sweat it not. Do know that the hacked mifi hotspot solution will be caught soon by AT&T – but enjoy it while you can.

  • paulcolligan

    That's what we're here for.

  • Lars

    ALWAYS been that way for 3G 3GS 4

  • Chuck

    My issue with the iPhone is that Bluetooth is at least partially BROKEN in the current OS, and a few previous releases. I haven't seen Apple acknowledge this, but it's all over the place, and I had my first run-in with it last week after purchasing a Blueant Q1 (and upgrading the firmware). Bluetooth from the Touch is now purely line-of-sight…and peters out at 3.5-to-4 feet. I was seriously considering moving from my Droid to an iPhone next month. But now I'm redoubling my effort to make the Droid work for my lifestyle (major-league podcast and audio book fan). The iPhone won't get another serious look for me anytime soon. Nice job, Apple…

  • paulcolligan

    You've the first I've heard re this problem. Anyone else having BlueTooth issues with their iPad.