After years of waiting and non-stop rumors, Verizon has finally brought the iPhone to its network. The company announced the addition of Apple's smartphone to its wireless service on Jan. 11 in New York City. Apple's COO Tim Cook was also in attendance to commemorate the event. As expected, the smartphone will retail for $199 and $299 from Verizon, and it will be available to customers on Feb. 10.
But as the announcement continued on, it was clear that the hype surrounding the event was far more exciting than the event itself. When it was all said and done, Verizon offered little in the way of concrete details, and it revealed a device that is the same basic iPhone 4 that AT&T customers have, with a few minor additions and subtractions.
Simply put, the Verizon iPhone announcement was a bit of a disappointment, considering all the rumors and hype surrounding the event.
And here's why:
1. Where's the 4G?
It might have been an unattainable wish, but it would have been nice if Apple brought 4G connectivity to the Verizon iPhone. Not only would it have helped put the device on the same level as some of the competition, but it also would have made it even more appealing to corporate customers. The omission likely won't hurt sales, but 4G could have helped them.
2. Global phone support?
Part of the value of the iPhone 4 on AT&T's network is the ability for the user to bring it with them around the world, and still use it. At least for now, the Verizon iPhone won't have a GSM chip in it, so it won't be able to be used across Europe, since CDMA is supported in only a handful of countries around the world.
3. No data and voice at the same time
Those hoping to access data while on a phone call with the Verizon iPhone will be disappointed; the device doesn't support that. Of course, there is a good reason for that: Verizon's CDMA network doesn't allow for that functionality just yet. It is available, however, on AT&T's service. Is that a deal-breaker? Probably not. But enterprise customers who want to be able to quickly switch from a phone call to, say, e-mail won't like what they find.
4. It's the iPhone 4
When all is said and done, the Verizon iPhone is the same, standard iPhone 4 that AT&T customers have been enjoying all these months. It lacks some of the features mentioned above, but it adds the ability to share its 3G connection with up to five devices at the same time. Other than that, the device is basically the same product AT&T customers have been carrying around.