Verizon iPhone Wish List: 10 Must-Have Features

News Analysis: With the Verizon iPhone potentially just a day away, it's time to think about the ideal features for this long-awaited version of the wildly popular Apple smartphone.

After years of waiting, Apple's iPhone might finally show up on Verizon Wireless.

The company will be holding a special event on Jan. 11 reportedly to show off the Verizon iPhone and to tell customers when they will be able to get their hands on the long-awaited device.

But before that happens, it might be a good time to talk about some of the features that should be available on a Verizon iPhone. Admittedly, the device will likely have the same smartphone features already available to AT&T customers. But on the slight chance that it will be different and offer improvements over its predecessor, let's take a look at what should be in an ideal Verizon iPhone in the wish list below.

1. A better antenna

One of the major issues with AT&T's iPhone 4 is that it loses signal quality when it's held with a "death grip." For its part, Apple has acknowledged the issue and said that several other competing devices suffer from the problem. But it would be nice if Apple found a permanent solution in the Verizon iPhone and made that a key selling point in that device.

2. 4G connectivity

Verizon is investing heavily in 4G connectivity. By the end of 2010, its 4G network, which delivers faster service than 3G, was available in more than 38 cities around the United States. If Apple will in fact bring its iPhone to Verizon's network on Jan. 11, it would only make sense for the company to offer 4G connectivity in the device, as well. After all, the competing smartphone models are already linking up to Verizon's 4G network and the carrier is focusing on its 4G LTE technology going forward.

3. Mobile hotspot functionality

One of the best features of some of Verizon's top devices, such as the Motorola Droid X, is their ability to share their 3G connection with up to five products at the same time. Not only does it add a level of usability to a device supporting the technology, but it also makes it an even more ideal platform for enterprise customers. Considering more and more Verizon-based devices offer that functionality, Apple should follow suit with its iPhone.

4. A white version

The white iPhone 4 has been AWOL since it was first announced last year. Toward the end of 2010, Apple said that the device should be made available in the spring. Wouldn't it be a nice surprise if Apple said that the white iPhone 4 would be made available on both Verizon's and AT&T's network as soon as the Verizon iPhone launches? It would certainly appeal to those customers that have been waiting far too long for the device.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...