The iPhone is finally coming to Verizon, much to the rejoicing of many Verizon customers who have held out for an iPhone on a dependable network. But, beyond all the hype there are several reasons you may want to pass on the Verizon iPhone 4.
Last Year's iPhone: Apple releases a new iPhone every summer and this year tech pundits expect to see the iPhone 5, which will offer users "a completely redesigned handset" and new features. Not only will this new iPhone have new features, but it may also work on Verizon's network. Even if it doesn't, Verizon iPhone users will be stuck on old technology for another year, possibly two with the standard contract, which is an eternity in technology.The Cost of Switching: If you're switching from another carrier you could be looking at paying upwards of $325 in early termination fees. Even if you are on Verizon already if you aren't eligible for an upgrade you'll have to pay full retail pricing for the Verizon iPhone, which starts at a jaw-dropping $649. If you do switch, make sure you get the best price for your iPhone.
Not All the Same Features as the AT&T iPhone: Users on AT&T can talk on their iPhone while they surf the Internet, a feature not possible on Verizon's current 3G network. If this is important to you, then you'll likely be stuck with AT&T for another year as the iPhone 5 doesn't look like it will support this on Verizon's network.
Faster 4G Android Phones Available: At CES 2011, Verizon announced a collection of fast 4G Android phones capable of 5 to 12 MBps, faster than some home connections. These devices include many impressive devices like the HTC Thunderbolt.
In the end only you can decide whether to jump into the iPhone experience with Verizon immediately or wait until the technology improves. There are also Android devices worth considering in the meantime.
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