What does the availability of the iPhone 4 on “Big Red’s” network mean for you? We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about the Verizon iPhone.
Normally the news of a phone being picked up by another carrier barely makes the trades let alone mainstream media. But this isn’t any phone and Apple isn’t any company. The iPhone redefined the smart phone when it was introduced 3 ½ years ago and despite some excellent competition; it still dominates mindshare, if not market share of new purchases.
With the exception of the WiFi hotspot, there is nothing new about the Verizon iPhone except that it runs on the Verizon network which is good news to people who hate AT&T, who can’t get a decent AT&T signal where they are or who are locked into a Verizon contract and don’t want to switch.
Still, it’s not as if the iPhone is the only cool phone on the market. I’ve used all the iPhones along with Android phones running on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile as well as various flavors of Blackberries and other phones. The iPhone’s IOS operating system, which is now a third of a decade old, is definitely more stable and less prone to crash than Android but it’s certainly not way ahead in features. In fact, Android phones have some features that iPhone users don’t have including true multi-tasking and a removable battery which can be a big plus. It also has an open marketplace which makes it easier for developers to create apps and get them to market, though it also makes it easier for malware to show up on the phone. And Google is constantly upgrading Android.
Even Windows Phone 7 – which is barely making an impact so far – has some great features not available on the iPhone including a very innovative user interface that makes it easier to keep up with your friends and colleagues.
Still, Apple seems to have a magic wand which it just waved at Verizon. That’s good news for Verizon and Apple, good news to people who have been waiting for an iPhone running on something other than the AT&T network and good news for existing AT&T customers who want to hang up on AT&T and say Hello to Verizon.