The Verizon iPhone has much in common with its AT&T counterpart, but varying features and differing performance give it enough room to stand apart. It won’t vastly change your iPhone experience, but we welcome the consumer choice that it brings.
Some early reviews are in for the Verizon iPhone 4, which is available for pre-sale today. Many of these tout the ability to actually make a phone call – something AT&T customers have famously struggled with. But for those who plan to take advantage of the iPhone for its data and not its voice capabilities, the news isn’t so good. The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, for example, notes the device has much slower data speeds on Verizon’s network than on AT&T’s.
If that’s not enough to give you pause about the storied Verizon iPhone, then perhaps this news from Verizon itself might: the company has announced that it plans to start throttling the data of customers who “use an extraordinary amount of data.”
In a PDF memo on the Verizon website, the company states that it “may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand.”
Consumer Reports concludes that consumers might want to hold off on the iPhone 4 that is slated to debut on Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Wireless’ CDMA network on Feb. 10.
“The Verizon Wireless iPhone 4 has plenty in its favor, especially compared with its AT&T (NYSE: T) sibling,” wrote editors Paul Reynolds and Mike Gikas in a blog post. “But it may be quickly replaced by a newer, cooler version more quickly than is customary even for the die-young life expectancy of most smartphones.”
The editors suggest that since Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is expected to introduce a new version of the iPhone this summer, it may not be worth it to sign on for what they describe as a “transitional phone” that Apple put together to “tide Verizon through until the summer.”