Verizon iPhone

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    Mar 12, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    Who has the new Verizon iPhone and what do you think?
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    Mar 12, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    Just some addt'l background...I'm kind of a late adaptor and I'm still on an ancient Verizon standard issue phone that is years old and can barely text let alone run an App or enable the Web. I am kind of afraid to spend the extra money yet everybody seems to live off of their smart phones so I wonder if it's time for me to take the plunge -- especially now that Verizon is finally offering them.
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    love apple, but who's idea was it to find the most breakable substance and make a phone out of it. DON'T DROP IT!
  • EricLA

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    Mar 12, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    I don't have a Verizon iPhone, I have an AT&T one. My boss and I who have AT&T iPhones have poor signals at work. If someone calls us, we ask they call our landlines. A coworker got the Verizon iPhone has a strong signal and can receive calls across the hall -- deeper in the building.

    Another friend has a Verizon iPhone and when I spoke to him he had an extremely clear signal.

    I would love to switch back to Verizon, but I have to decide whether I want to trade off Verizon's more reliable network for AT&T's ability to use data and voice at the same time.

    But, I'm going to wait until the summer to see what the iPhone 5 has to offer. It's just a few more months away.

    P.S. to the poster above, if the early shots of the iPhone 5 are accurate, it'll have a metal back like the first version.
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    I'm loving it
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:37 AM GMT
    armsandabs saidlove apple, but who's idea was it to find the most breakable substance and make a phone out of it. DON'T DROP IT!


    that's why they make (many) cases.
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:37 AM GMT
    Go with Verizon. Att has not done much to upgrade their network, and outside of larger cities, the signal is poor almost to non existent. When my friends and I visited L.A. last fall, we finally just turned our phones off. Signal kept dropping and no amount of complaining to ATT get's results. Their customer service is about as reliable as their network.
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:38 AM GMT
    AT&T downloads are twice as fast and you can talk/surf at the same time; Verizon voice quality is much higher.

    AT&T is much better than people claim:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/189592/atandt_roars_back_in_pcworlds_second_3g_wireless_performance_test.html?tk=rel_news
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    you get to choose.

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    Mar 12, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    rightasrain saidAT&T downloads are twice as fast and you can talk/surf at the same time; Verizon voice quality is much higher.

    AT&T is much better than people claim:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/189592/atandt_roars_back_in_pcworlds_second_3g_wireless_performance_test.html?tk=rel_news
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    you get to choose.



    Actually, the evidence on the AT&T vs. Verizon download speeds is not conclusive on that: http://www.tuaw.com/2011/03/10/verizon-atandt-iphones-load-web-pages-at-same-rate-firm-reports/
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:49 AM GMT
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    rightasrain saidAT&T downloads are twice as fast and you can talk/surf at the same time; Verizon voice quality is much higher.

    AT&T is much better than people claim:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/189592/atandt_roars_back_in_pcworlds_second_3g_wireless_performance_test.html?tk=rel_news
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    you get to choose.



    Actually, the evidence on the AT&T vs. Verizon download speeds is not conclusive on that: http://www.tuaw.com/2011/03/10/verizon-atandt-iphones-load-web-pages-at-same-rate-firm-reports/


    actually, browser load speeds are not data download speeds. when both phones have 'full' signals, there is no question about speed:
    http://articles.cnn.com/2011-03-08/tech/verizon.speeds.mobile_1_verizon-phones-iphone-at-t-and-verizon?_s=PM:TECH

    if you're talking about 'functionality', 'utility' and 'usability' (i.e. you can't use the phone if you can't get a signal), i'll give verizon great marks... nonetheless, the download rates on AT&T's network are far superior to Verizon's.
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    Mar 12, 2011 2:37 PM GMT
    Love it! Traded in my blackberry and will not go back to anything else. With business travel, I like the fact I carry one device..
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    Mar 12, 2011 2:40 PM GMT
    armsandabs saidlove apple, but who's idea was it to find the most breakable substance and make a phone out of it. DON'T DROP IT!



    Exactly why I won't get one...I have a big habit of dropping phones icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 12, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
    I've been absolutely in love with mine since I got it Feb 7!!
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    Mar 12, 2011 8:08 PM GMT
    chrisguy525 saidJust some addt'l background...I'm kind of a late adaptor and I'm still on an ancient Verizon standard issue phone that is years old and can barely text let alone run an App or enable the Web. I am kind of afraid to spend the extra money yet everybody seems to live off of their smart phones so I wonder if it's time for me to take the plunge -- especially now that Verizon is finally offering them.

    Do you "need" one? Or do you feel compelled to get one because everyone else has one?

    If cost is a concern, then you may want to think about this a little more before locking yourself into a 2-year contract with an additional $30 a month data plan tacked on to your current cell phone bill.

    Also, the iphone4 has been out for almost a year now. Pretty ancient in tech years. Just want for the iphone5. Should be out in a few months. Supposed to be thinner and have a larger display.

    Either way, you probably shouldn't upgrade just yet.
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    Mar 12, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    Not an iPhone and not on Verizon, but close: I have an Android phone with US Cellular, which roams on Verizon, and I absolutely love it. It did ramp up our phone bill, though. We used to have two ordinary phones on a shared regional plan that cost about $50 per month. We now have nationwide voice/data for two smart phones at a cost of $140 per month.

    Before, I used to use my iPod Touch on the free WiFi at the gym, after my workouts, to check the stock market, etc. Now, I can do all that stuff anywhere. And, after my recent upgrade to Android 2.2, I can now use my phone as a personal WiFi access point, which will be great if I'm at an airport that only has pay-for-play Internet access. Lately, I'm having to travel a lot more, and having a smart phone instead of my old RAZR flip phone has really come in handy.
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    Mar 12, 2011 11:11 PM GMT
    So what's the overall consensus? I'm waiting for the next generation iPhone in the summer and I'm not sure if it becomes available in both networks (which I doubt, I think it'll be available on AT&T this year only), which to go with.
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    Mar 12, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    I like it... and I needed a new phone so the timing was perfect. My old phone took a dive on me.
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    Mar 12, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    Verizon is getting the Windows Phone 7 very soon. That will be the phone to get!
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    Mar 12, 2011 11:40 PM GMT
    <----------------- LOVES HIS DROID X
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    Mar 12, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    Loved my Driod2 on Verizon, but made the Switch to Iphone on Verizon, I love it, I was never able to make a call and surf the web at the same time, so for me it's a non-issue. I actually have found the call clarity on the device better than my droid.
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    Mar 12, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    rightasrain saidAT&T downloads are twice as fast and you can talk/surf at the same time; Verizon voice quality is much higher.

    AT&T is much better than people claim:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/189592/atandt_roars_back_in_pcworlds_second_3g_wireless_performance_test.html?tk=rel_news
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    you get to choose.



    ....And this article was dated March 2010, which is clearly out of date. Consumer Reports has a fairly recent study and Verizon pretty much won out an all of the fields.

    Granted, Verizon doesn't allow voice and data usage at the same time but honestly how often do you need to utilize this? I'm sure Verizon's working on this with 4G LTE but who knows?