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Verizon iPhone vs. AT&T iPhone: The Big Differences

Rumors have been circulating for years — will they or won’t they? — but it now seems that loyal Verizon subscribers are inching closer to the coveted iPhone. Many of us (myself included) have been holding out for the much-anticipated Verizon iPhone, and it now seems that the big reveal will be tomorrow, January 11, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in New York City. While nothing has been confirmed, word on the Web is that the Verizon iPhone release date could be as early as Feb. 3.

But should you go out and buy the Verizon iPhone? Not so fast. Here are some points to think about:

Verizon is notorious for having wider coverage and less congestion than AT&T, with fewer dropped calls and overall complaints. So it looks like Verizon is going to squash the market, right?

Well, maybe not.

According to the Washington Post, there’s a chance that the Verizon iPhone won’t work on the new “blazing-fast 4G network,” but only on the older 3G network. When compared to AT&T, the Verizon 3G phones have lower data speeds and lack the talk-and-surf feature on AT&T iPhones.

But most importantly,there’s a good chance that a new iPhone 5 will come out this summer — as it’s expected to — but Verizon subscribers who immediately run out and get the new Verizon iPhone (which is presumably the iPhone 4) will be locked into their contracts and unable to upgrade to the new version for one (or possibly even two) years. So you might want to hold off on your Verizon iPhone purchase until the fall.

On the positive side, the Wall Street Journal reported that Verizon will be offering unlimited data-use plans — unlike AT&T, which limits the amount of Internet data iPhone customers can use each month.

So bottom line: We can’t know for sure the pros and cons until tomorrow, but there’s one certainty: Hold off for the Verizon iPhone 5. You’ve been waiting for years — what’s another couple of months?

Image: New York Times

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