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Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4: spot the difference

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Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4: spot the difference
Now that the Verizon iPhone 4 is a reality, what about a quick comparison with it and the AT&T iPhone 4 that we know so well? Obviously, there aren't that many differences between the two handsets - neither in terms of design, nor in terms of specs - but nevertheless, we'd like to point them out. Right here, right now.

You are already well aware of the only design difference. It's the slightly changed antenna, and contrary to what you might think, the change was not dictated by fear of going through the Antennagate issue once more, but simply because the CDMA network required it.

Now let's see what's in the way of under the hood alterations. Obviously, the CDMA radio has replaced the GSM one so as to make the iPhone 4 useable on Verizon's 3G network. Unfortunately, what might come as a bit of a disappointment is the lack of LTE. Verizon and Apple officials commented during the unveiling that an LTE chipset would have required the manufacturer to do some more significant alterations to the design, which was seen as too much of a hassle. But Verizon customers wanted the iPhone 4 now, so that's why the team decided that it should out the handset as soon as possible, even with the lack of this much-appreciated feature. At least, that's what they say. Anyway, it will surely be interesting this summer when Steve Jobs walks out on stage to announce the next iteration of the device. HSPA+ support for AT&T and LTE for Verizon anyone? They sure do have enough time until then.

By the way, there is one major inconvenience that results from the CDMA radio inside. You won't be able to use the Verizon iPhone 4 with GSM networks around the world, which means you'll be more or less limited to using it Stateside, on Verizon. Thankfully, there are VoIP solutions that might just do the job for you after all.

Last, but not least, what might be seen as a pretty nice treat is the newly-added ability of the phone to act as a Mobile Hotspot for up to 5 devices, which will certainly be well-adopted by some users our there.

And that's it! Pricing is basically the same (except for the data plans, but Verizon has not yet released information about this), with the 16GB iPhone 4 costing $199 on both carriers with a two-year contract, and the 32GB one coming in at $299 with contract. The Verizon iPhone 4 will be available for pre-order for current Verizon customers starting February 3, while launch day is scheduled for February 10.

You can check the handset at Verizon's now.

Apple iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon Wireless on February 10

Apple iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon Wireless on February 10

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posted on 11 Jan 2011, 12:26 7

1. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

+1 for MOBILE HOTSPOT - just like my ANDROID phone....

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 12:27

2. oneandonly478 (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

wonder will verzion and att iphoners be able to facetime each other, verzion and rhapsody may lose a little ,with apple using itunes.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:36

20. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

Facetime will be universal. Just like iPhone and iPod users. Facetime is currently a Wi-Fi dependant feature so Facetime will still work. Also using video calls via Skype should be universal since it's not tied to a network. In short, Facetime and Skype video calls aren't tied directly to a network as a carrier feature, so all users will be able to use it no matter what network they're on.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 12:34

3. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

If it makes sense, it may never happen

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 12:35 3

4. achilles (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 May 2010)

On Verizon, there is no voice and data at the same time if this a 3g only device.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 12:46 5

5. spinelessrabbit (Posts: 35; Member since: 28 Dec 2010)

it true the iphone is stil far superior on att network, verizon cant talk and surf the web at the same time the 3g speed is slower and it cant be used in europe like the att iphone, att rules!

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 12:59 1

6. kaskld (unregistered)

your truly are a spineless rabbit

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 13:38 2

9. somepeoplearestupid (unregistered)

yeah and how do you like that 2 g cap on data with at&t. verizon is unlimited for the same price. at&t can blow me

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:00

24. spinelessrabbit (Posts: 35; Member since: 28 Dec 2010)

and with 9 million iphones users on the unlmtd it will bogg down the network causing more services issues

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 20:00

31. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)

Actually Verizon has been tweaking there network since 2008 just for the iphone. So I dont think there will be a problem..

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 08:45 1

36. jay mal (unregistered)

Verizon already has millions of android device on the unlimited plan and the android device have flash which produce more data than an iphone that isnt capable of flash verizon hasnt had a problem with the androids device that everybody wants people are starting to forget about the iphone droid runs circles around the android, and who cares about browsing and talking on the internet at the same time honestly when im on the landline phone on speakerphone and using my desktop pc and am looking up something on the internet i'll say "i'll call you back im looking up something" that like saying with at&t you can run while you're walking at the same time lol. for what? android has flash player, removable expandable memory, fast as heck, removable replacable battery, so many free apps and still counting, no death grip issue, and dozens of varieties to choose from in devices and manufacturers, and the charging port can be used with ALL other current chargeing ports micro usb. good luck with trying to use the same charger on the road with someone that doesnt have a iphone. and have you tried the new sywpe input method on the droids and windows devices that is amazing and so quick to type with, thumbs down Apple, Android got you on this phone battle and war cause droids are getting better and better fast not slowly

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 13:43 3

10. Sureal (Posts: 38; Member since: 31 Jan 2010)

from all the complaints i hear about at&t dropping calls, the at&t iphone cant do web and talk at the same time either

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:39 2

22. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

I don't know why you're getting hate because what you said is true. AT&T iPhone users will have a better experience. Other than unlimited data and mobile hotspot the Verizon version doesn't promise more. In fact it cuts out some things like fasters data speeds and simultanious voice/data. I read on a Facebook comment from AT&T that they're looking into mobile hotspot as well. Only time will tell.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 16:07 1

28. mustang (unregistered)

one if you need to surf the web while talking your conversation must be pretty boring. Also at least you will have coverage with vzw unlike with at&t

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 20:08

34. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)

Ur a retard just because you hear verizon is slower doesnt mean it is. I have tested my moms iphone4 vs my droid incredible. I have checked it in LAS Vegas, Los Angeles, Sacramento San francisco. Each time the droid incredible wins even if I test it multiple times

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 11:11

39. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)

just look at the video on phonearena they do a speed test between the two phone the att iphone and the verizon iphone guess who wins??? :) and guess who page still didnt load completely until after about 10 seconds :( at&t sorry AT&T down the drain you go, i fill sorry for the sale reps they better apply for vzw jobs, cause once everyone starts raving and spreading the word about the service and how reliable the call connects are and data speed and coverage is, and really respectable customer service they will start flocking, thats really why steve jobs came to VZW FIRST to pitch the iphone, we stiffarmed steve jobs and guess who came running back to us again??? hi steve

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 13:29 1

7. loljkjk (unregistered)

who the heck cares if u cant talk and surf at the same time how often do you really do that anyways big deal get over it u just want to find something to complain about.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:43 1

23. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

Most people doesn't care about that. I'm glad I can use that on AT&T but it isn't a deal breaker. But since video calling is becoming more popular it may be a luxury in the near future. If AT&T were to allow Apple to open Facetime on 3G then Verizon folks may hold their head low on that part. Still I partly agree with you I have to say for those very few times, it is a cool capablitity.

posted on 23 Jan 2011, 00:16

42. Joe T (unregistered)

You can face time over 3G with a app called Tango!

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 13:32 2

8. RonCouturier (unregistered)

at&t has GSM. We can surf the web and make calls at the same time. Look up directions and talk on the phone...NOT on verizon...hell their 3g is so slow who knows what you can do with verizon.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 13:57 1

13. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)

You are only sometimes faster in the real world, in 20% of the places that Verizon also has signal. 80% of the places where there is both at&t and Verizon Verizon is ALWAYS faster than at&t. once again, we are faster in 80% more places than an at&t phone user. When you take into account the network congestion (because at&t does not invest in curtailing that if you didnt notice) at&t is prob only faster in 10% of the places Verizon is. You data network is underdeveloped and sucks, plain and simple. If at&t actually got 3g (or 3.5g or 4g or whatever else they call hspa+ now) wherever they got cell phone service then MAYBE you could lay claim to being faster. Your not. 80%>20%. screw the iphone anyway. you can have the POS

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:03 1

15. dpullen81 (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Dec 2010)

and how do you do that when you have absolutly no signal and no 3g coverage area

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 13:51 1

12. obamabinladin (Posts: 13; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

all the unlimited data for verizon is not a big deal because at&t announced on jan 18th unlimited data will return so for the same price i'd rather surf the web and talk at the same time isn't that whats the iPhone was really ment for? so no excuses cdma fans

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 13:58

14. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)

must b because it seems to constantly fail at being an actual phone

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 21:26 1

35. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

I'd love to see where you got your info about att bringing back unlmtd data

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:13

16. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Lots of animosity over a phone that STEVE JOBS profits greatly from, not any of you. TALK and WEB surf is important to some - I use it once in a while, works for me, I like it - probably not a deal breaker with VERIZON customers, though.....but, I am glad I have a 3.5G phone.....GSM....

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:15 4

17. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

CDMA vs GSM is no contest if you travel the world internationally....

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 20:07

33. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)

im pretty sure that goes to 0.001% of the customers. come up with something else to bitch about!

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:31 2

18. Itzatlas (Posts: 37; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

So now when we see people from at@t showing off their iphones, we can say " Ours is faster".

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:33

19. Marcus (unregistered)

3g speeds faster on ATT, well possibly, when you actually HAVE 3g. I am strickly going on what each carriers maps show. Wouldn't be better to have MORE 3g coverage than faster 3g? And I belive VZW has a lot more coverage 3g that ATT, I dunno I could be wrong. My friend has a IP4 on ATT, and he is alway going back and forth from 3g to Edge, and he was having problems making calls, the ATT rep told him to turn the 3g to make calls and you would not have as many problems. But again I'm just going by observation.

Final note- thats why we have more than one company stick to what you think is best, as for me I feel coverage for my travels across the country etc, VZW covers me better.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:38

21. Marcus (unregistered)

*ATT rep told him to turn off 3g

type to fast. ha

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:12

25. mrtasle (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Aug 2010)

I don't know why people are so crazy for 3G speed on an Iphone. Android is much more customizable than the iPhone will ever be. VZW has LTE coming soon. Will all of you jump ship to another iPhone with 4G. I don't much care about which is faster,ATT or VZW. I have a MyTouch 4G on T-Mobile. I get very good 4G coverage and aI am happy. Plus T-Mobile doesn't nickel and dime you like either of the other two. Yopu guys go ahead and spend all your money for VZW now and in 3 mos when a new iPhone 4G comes out. Plus VZW just announced 4 new LTE phone that will blow the doors off of iPhone. I'll stick with Android which is superior to iPhone in every way.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:22 1

26. MATOZ (unregistered)

Say goodbye to Unlimited Data plan from Verizon... just imagine... as SpinelessRabbit on his comment above.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:57

27. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)


posted on 11 Jan 2011, 17:36

29. wondering (unregistered)

What is the big deal about talking and surfing the web at the same time??? Who the heck honestly needs to do that on a regular basis...unless you are on a boring conversation?. So many people I know complain about the dropped calls on at&t. So even if you want to surf the web..you can't because ur call ends up dropping anyway!!!

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 19:58

30. DF334 (Posts: 36; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

For all those talking about it sucks..you are soooo diluted! How the hell can you suck when you have kept 1 inferior company, with an inferior network still in the running for 7 years even though Android had released many devices, also @ CES they were still being talked about even without having a presence. As far as saying goodbye to unlimited plans for Verizon...I don't think so! They've been handling Android devices that use a hell of a lot more data then the iPhone for 2yrs now. As far as T-Mobile...your not even in the running! The way you guys get by is because they dont have anyone on the network to actually kill it....Love the phones though! The reason this phone still kills everything is not because the look, or the apps but the usability! 80yr old people have this phone plain and simple!!

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 13:38 1

37. anonymouse (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jan 2011)

VZW voice network is better. at&t data network is better. voice & data at the same time is a dealbreaker. checking movie times while on a call and gps to find a somewhere while talking to them. HUGE +. pretty ignorant if you think that doesn't matter or make a diffference. on the same token it would be nice to not drop 6 out of every 10 calls but thats the trade off i guess. better data vs. better voice? thats the real question at the end of the day

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 14:31

38. gfizzle (unregistered)

Att bases there claim the network is faster based on a few hundred kilobytes a sec, which isnt noticable (Thats like saying if you double your home stereo amp it will be twice as loud. It doesnt work that way, you have to multiply your amolifier power by ten to get twice the volume) Especially when the network is so overworked that they have to resort to getting rid of unlimited data plans because they cant keep up.

posted on 15 Jan 2011, 12:38

40. just could not wait (unregistered)

I am happy that all u verizon fans are happy that verizon has begged apple(hi Steve) for the royal privilege of carrying the iPhone/apple products. well he replied that you won't get one as good att; and further more he said he don't give a shart about there network cause he sales millions of one device world wide. but verizons on COO put on there web page "the phone that changes everything". and with people not thinking before they speak makes it better for these words... if in fact att coverage is so garbage they wouldn't have just 400,000 less customers than verizon and that's do to straight talk adding 400,000 customers. now since verizon mayb good in ur area but it's probably the same with att. now since the flock doesn't do research then you don't know that att had tdma which was exactly like CDMA and when they moved with the rest of the world they evolved to gsm. now both verizon and att have lte coming and lte will b gsm then they will do as att did slump; but u mayb wondering how will att not they already garbage they gonna b worse. well I told you fools that att advance long before verizon and with them already on gsm it will b a smooth transition. then verizon will try to phase out the CDMA and lose customers do to high price smart phones. most of verizon customers are old and looking for the free stuff so you might b getting an iPhone but there ultimate plan with the release is to lock people in to new contracts cause if you break it is what 375 don't quote that but it's up there. now to bring this to a halt what how this plays out for the flock oh iPhone 5 coming to a ATT near you apple rules. oh and I already got a iPhone 4 and I can talk and use navigation at the same time try it from ur android oh see if any verizon customers can video chat with there to camera phone on skype while on 3G

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 13:52

41. MiamiMike (unregistered)

The lack of LTE on Verizon's CDMA network is a big one... this means that Verizon is poorly optimized for smartphones in general not just the iPhone. Fortunately I've been using the LG900G from Net10 and have not regretted it once. Net10 runs on both Verizon AND At&t networks so you can get the best of both CDMA and GSM worlds. My LG smartphone runs perfectly and Net10's awesome network has never dropped a call. The clarity could be a little better but for 50 bucks a month it's definitely worth it.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 18:02

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