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Verizon iPhone: Not Right for Everyone

Verizon Wireless and Apple made the much-anticipated announcement today: The new Verizon iPhone release date is February 10 (February 3 for Verizon subscribers who pre-order), after years of patient waiting.

But is it all that it’s cracked up to be? There are some major downsides to the new Verizon iPhone, which might convince you to wait on buying one. We know you’ve waited what feels like forever for this, but these reasons are pretty convincing:

  • The Verizon iPhone will operate on the 3G CDMA network rather than their “lightning-fast 4G Network.” While Verizon’s 4G network looks promising, the Apple iPhone’s design simply isn’t compatible. Although they plan on switching over eventually, they wanted to get the iPhone out as soon as possible — but is it worth it?
  • Verizon’s 3G network is known to have slower data than AT&T.
  • Plus, Verizon’s 3G CDMA network doesn’t allow iPhone users to talk-and-surf, as AT&T iPhone users can.
  • The CDMA network also isn’t supported overseas, as the AT&T iPhone is. (However, you might be able to add it to your plan if you’re traveling.)
  • To top it off, you can only buy the new Verizon iPhone with a 2-year contract, locking you into the iPhone 4. Yet most experts are anticipating the new iPhone 5 to be released this summer — so why not wait for that?
  • And because Verizon doesn’t have any exclusive rights, that means that more carriers — possibly your carrier-of-choice — might be making an iPhone announcement too. Such as the Sprint iPhone?

So far, the only real advantage to the Verizon iPhone is that it’s Verizon — meaning wider coverage, less dropped calls and less overall complaints. But considering that Verizon Wireless’s CDMA network presents some pretty big limitations, not to mention the possible release of the iPhone 5 in mere months, we’re on the fence about buying it.

What do you think? Will you buy it anyway? Or are you waiting for the iPhone 5?

Pre-order the Verizon iPhone at verizonwireless.com.

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