Updated December 16th, 2015.
Well well well. As predicted, you will soon be able to use an iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network. You can read all about it on Verizon’s website but they leave a few things out. Here’s the stuff they don’t come right out and say.
- Verizon’s version of “3G” is not as fast as AT&T’s version, so speed-wise AT&T’s network is better. When you have coverage.
- Verizon’s 3G network has more coverage than AT&T’s, so coverage-wise Verizon’s network is better.
- Verizon’s network does not allow you to talk on the phone while doing internet-data things such as sending email or browsing websites but AT&T’s does.
- Verizon has not announced pricing for its iPhone service.
You can’t sign up for an iPhone for Verizon until February 3rd, and maybe until the 10th. Depends on whether you have a Verizon account already or not. If you’re using an iPhone now (with AT&T, of course) you will have to get another iPhone because the AT&T iPhone won’t work on the Verizon network. Different antennas and all that.
I think it boils down to this: if AT&T has good wireless coverage in the places you go the most, you’re better off with an AT&T iPhone. Technically AT&T is a better network, with better speed and more modern technology. Of course, AT&T’s network is rather overwhelmed in some parts of some cities, so if Verizon works more reliably for you then Verizon’s the way to go, even though it ‘s slower and uses older technology. Do keep in mind that if you want a Verizon iPhone you will have to get in line behind my friend Jeff, who has been waiting since 2007.