Ask TeensTalkTech: Should You Buy the Verizon iPhone?

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The Verizon iPhone, it’s finally here. After years of begging, wishing, praying and waiting the end of AT&T’s exclusive control of Apple’s iconic cell phone has finally come to an end. This is the what people on Verizon have been waiting for years for.

Now don’t get me wrong this is a very big for both Verizon and AT&T– Verizon gets the device everyone’s been waiting for, and AT&T finally gets rid of those people who keep bashing their network (which personally I’m the most excited for. If all these people leave AT&T and they are the ones that constantly are using up data and slowing up the network for the rest of us, it means AT&T should only get better and faster than before); and of course for anyone on any carrier this means even more competition which should hopefully lead to much better phones and plans.

We’ve been receiving a ton of questions recently on whether you should buy an iPhone 4 on Verizon no, and personally, I’d say no. Here’s why.

It’s Pretty Much the Same iPhone 4 AT&T’s had For Over Half a Year

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The Apple ad says it all– same phone, new network

This is the first and probably most important reason of all– this isn’t a new iPhone. With the exception of the mobile hotspot software update (something which will be coming probably pretty soon for AT&T and other iPhone 4’s in an iOS 4.3 update) and some minor changes of the antennas on the casing, this is the exact same iPhone. Same Retina Display, A4 processor, color, 16 GB and 32 GB storage options, price, etc. And while the iPhone 4 is still one of the top cell phones currently out there, it won’t be for long.

Verizon’s 4G is Almost Here

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Verizon’s plans to launch a whole bunch of 4G LTE phones such as the HTC ThunderBolt (seen above), LG Revolution, Samsung Android LTE Smartphone and Motorola Droid Bionic over the coming months– and the ThunderBolt is said to even be coming before the end of the month!

Look at it like this: This new iPhone is 3G only meaning Verizon’s brand new blazing fast 4G LTE network won’t work on here. This means not just much slower data now, but you’re signing a two-year contract (unless you wanna pay $649 for the 16 GB or $749 for the 32 GB) so for the next 2 years you will have to deal with these slower speeds while all your friends who haven’t bought this iPhone and waited will not just be talking and going online at the same time (something Verizon’s iPhone can’t do because of the CDMA network it runs on) but will also be video chatting on the go, watching streaming videos at much higher quality AND having their calls sound even better (Verizon is working on HD voice calls for their 4G network for late this year/early next year. Basically, when on 4G your data will be speedy and your calls will sound even better).

The iPhone 5

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Now we know some of you are still thinking “but I want an iPhone!” We hear ya, and this brings us to our biggest reason not to buy the Verizon iPhone 4– the iPhone 5 can’t possibly be more than 6 months away. Every year since the first iPhone was announced back in 2007 Apple has updated to a new iPhone the following summer. And that was when the smartphone battles were nowhere near as intense as they are now (think about it, Apple was just getting off the ground in cell phones and there was no such thing as a Droid); we can’t help but assume Apple will be updating the iPhone again in the summer (with what exactly is completely unknown. The rumors are all over the place here).

What this means is that your brand new, $199 iPhone will be completely outdated less than a quarter of the way into your new contract— a contract you’ll be locked into for at least in most cases another year and a half, making upgrade to the new iPhone ridiculously expensive. (of course, Apple and Verizon could very well offer some sort of deal/program for people who bought the Verizon iPhone 4 to get the new iPhone– something AT&T and Apple did for iPhone 3G buyers after people got upset Apple updated the iPhone less than a year after they bought the first one. Though again, no guarantees).

Of course if you need a new phone right now the iPhone 4 is still one the top phones today– it’s by no means a “bad” choice (heck, just read our review). And both Verizon and Apple offer you a 30 day return policy (sometimes you need to pay an extra 10% “restocking fee”), so you can buy the iPhone 4 now and see if you like it for what you need or if you should go to one of the 4G phones instead.

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Posted on February 17, 2011, in Apple, Ask TeensTalkTech, Cell Phones, Opinion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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