Verizon iPhone vs. AT&T iPhone

A chart highlighting the differences and similarities between the Verizon iPhone 4 and the AT&T iPhone 4
A chart highlighting the differences and similarities between the Verizon iPhone 4 and the AT&T iPhone 4

So, the Verizon iPhone 4 became official this morning but is it enough to get you to switch? The hardware should be pretty much the same (although some cases may not work with the new version) so let’s break down the pros and cons of each version.

AT&T iPhone 4: Speed, simultaneous voice and data, quicker upgrades

AT&T iPhone 4 offers faster speeds, quicker upgrades

AT&T is no longer the only carrier to have the iPhone 4, so is there any reason to stick with the nation’s second-largest carrier? Yes, there are actually multiple reasons.

The first and maybe most important, is that the AT&T iPhone 4 will get faster mobile data speeds than its Verizon equivalent. This version of the Apple smartphone can get up to 7.2 Mbps download speeds and AT&T is already talking trash about how the CDMA users will have to get used to life in the slow lane.

Of course, for users in major cities, the max download speeds didn’t matter if you couldn’t get service. We were just at CES 2011 and found the AT&T service was garbage with tens of thousands of iPhone users around. Perhaps a flood of users going over to Big Red could ease the load on AT&T?

It’s not just speeds though, as AT&T users will be able to make calls while using mobile data at the same time. While I don’t think this is as useful as Luke Wilson would make it out to be, it can be a life saver in the rare situations when it’s needed.

The AT&T folk have already been enjoying the Apple smartphone for the last six months and we’re bound to see the iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4G, likely) on AT&T a few short months. We’re guessing this will be the only U.S. network to get the latest and greatest Apple mobile device for 2011. AT&T has also been pretty good about bumping up eligibility for early upgrades and that can’t be said about the Verizon iPhone 4.

Additionally, if you’re an absolute mobile fanatic like us and want to check out all the latest cool phones like the Atrix 4G, it will be easier to swap out on AT&T. With no SIM card, the Verizon iPhone won’t make for a good device to take overseas, either.

Verizon iPhone 4: Consistent network, unlimited data, personal hotspot

Verizon iPhone offers better consistency, personal hotspot

The main appeal of the Verizon iPhone 4 is clear: it’s the network baby. Verizon’s mobile data 3G network is not quite as fast as AT&T’s but it has a larger coverage area and has been far more consistent in our experiences. That means Apple smartphone owners in major metropolitan cities should be able to use their iPhone as a real phone. Shocking, I know.

Big Red said the device has been optimized for its EV-DO 3G network and its experience with the Droid lineup means it should be able to manage the flood of mobile data usage. I believe Big Red but I still want to see what happens when millions of new iPhone users are surfing the web and downloading apps on the go.

It’s expected the Verizon iPhone 4 will have the option of unlimited monthly data for about $30 a month but this hasn’t been confirmed yet. Since AT&T moved to its tiered-pricing model, there’s no way to get unlimited data unless you’ve been grandfathered in from a previous plan. While the cheaper data options are a great way to jump into the smartphone game, the IntoMobile team really believes that an unlimited data plan is the best way to maximize your smartphone.

Another big advantage of the Verizon iPhone 4 is the ability to create a personal WiFi hotspot for up to five devices, a feature that’s pretty much standard on all its new Android smartphones. The AT&T version enables tethering but it’s only for one device. There’s no word on how much mobile hotspot will cost per month but we’d expect about $20 or more per month on top of mobile data and voice.

The bottom line is that having more networks to choose from is a good thing for consumers and Apple iPhone fans will now have more options. What do you think, friends?

  • Kamikaze

    Will the Verizon iPhone 4 FaceTime over 3G??

    • Some Dude

      That is a good question, to answer it I’ll just use some clips from the articel. ” AT&T users will be able to make calls while using mobile data at the same time.” This means that Verizon can’t use voice and data at the same time (CDMA is unable to do this), so if you can’t check your email on a call you can’t send an image either. Even if it was posable on CDMA the data is slower and it would not provide a positive experience – AT&T has been able to do one way video conferencing since the mid 2000s but hasn’t advertised it because it didn’t work very well even on their faster 3G. “AT&T iPhone 4 will get faster mobile data speeds than its Verizon equivalent. This version of the Apple smartphone can get up to 7.2 Mbps download speeds and AT&T is already talking trash about how the CDMA users will have to get used to life in the slow lane.”

      • Cmatthews512

        once Verizon irons out the few kinks the Iphone 4 has it will be a better version than At&t’s I phone no doubt about it

    • Anonymous

      I’d say no. AT&T doesn’t do it and that 3G network is faster than Verizon’s. Probably have to wait for the iPhone 4G for that.

    • Gixxerhoff750

      U can FaceTime on att if u jailbreak it. Verizons network isn’t fast enough though even if u jailbreak

  • Kngzfool

    to comment on data while talking, I use it ALL the time. i may be looking something up on the internet for a friend while talking to them on the phone. I may get a notification of an email while talking and want to check it, or most likely I’m on the phone while utilizing google maps as a GPS.
    If you’re not a proficient iPhone user, a lot of capabilities may seem mundane. But quite honestly using an iPhone from day one has not only changed my life, but my requirements from a phone AND it’s provider.

    This article did open my eyes about switching back to Verizon. Not gonna happen.

  • Dblabian

    Simultaneous voice and data are huge for AT&T compared to Verizon. Also, the Verizon network is unproven with heavy data usage.

    • Yvonne

      > Simultaneous voice and data are huge for AT&T compared to Verizon.

      Then why does Verizon have millions of additional customers? And not a single phone that does data+voice simultaneously.

  • Blatisian

    I CAN HONESTLY SAY, I WOULDN’T GO TO VERIZON FOR THE IPHONE. I DON’T THINK IT’S WORTH IT. YOU’D LOSE TOO MANY GOOD FEATURES BY SWITCHING. I DO TALK ON THE PHONE AND BROWSE THE NET OR USE DATA APPLICATIONS AT THE SAME TIME. I LIKE MY FAST 3G SPEEDS. AND WHEN I’M TESTING MY PHONE AGAINST A VERIZON PHONE MY FRIEND HAS, MY PHONE IS ALWAYS FASTER. IT’S TOO MANY BENEFITS I’M COMFORTABLE WITH ON AT&T. AND AS FAR AS THE PERSONAL HOTSPOT ON VERIZON…..NO THANK YOU. I DON’T NEED ANYTHING MAKING MY SLOWER 3G SPEED ANY SLOWER. VERIZON IS IN FOR A RUDE AWAKENING IF THEIR NETWORK STARTS TO GET BACKED UP FROM THE MANY USERS IT MAY HAVE. BUT AT&T IS DEFINITELY NOT THE LOSER IN LOSING THE EXCLUSIVENESS OF THE APPLE. ONLY TIME WILL TELL. I’M STICKING WITH APPLE AND AT&T……EVEN THOUGH AT&T IS GOING TO HAVE SOME EXTREMELY NICE 4G PHONES COME OUT, I THINK THE NEXT IPHONE MIGHT GIVE THEM ALL A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY……AT LEAST I HOPE. IT’S LIKE, HOW CAN YOU MAKE THE BEST BETTER. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PULL SOME TRICKS OUT THE HAT IN THE APPLE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEXT IPHONE MODEL.

    PS. VERIZON, IN THE NEXT IPHONE WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL BE REAL 4G. GOING FROM THEIR LTE SWITCHING BACK TO CDMA IS GOING TO BE DREADFUL. AS FAR AS AT&T, IF THERE IS NO 4G COVERAGE, IT’LL SWITCH BACK TO HSPA+ WHICH IS STILL FASTER THAN AT&T’S REGULAR 3G AND THE REGULAR 3G IS STILL FASTER THAN VERIZONS FASTEST 3G. COME ON, THERE IS NO COMPARISON.

    • PimpJuice

      catch a clue dude. for those of you who don’t check your facts. Android users use way more data than an iphone.
      http://www.technewsdaily.com/android-data-usage-outpaces-iphone-0940/

      Android is the king of multi-tasking and apps running in the background. Yeah that is right, while iphone is one app at a time, android is running 10. I can send and receive messages while on the phone. I’m not bashing iphone, i think it is a great device and am looking forward to seeing what it will do on vzw. I know 40 iphone users and they all same the same thing. the coverage blows, 3g is spotty as hell and dropped calls are the norm. I actually enabled my personal hotspot on my rooted fascinate while at a concert so my buddy can check football scores with his espn app on his iphone because he had ZERO 3G. how you like them apples toolbag. Verizon is sooo far ahead of ATT in LTE deployment it is silly. Having iphone available to another carrier is good for everyone. It is about options. As far as life in the slow lane….WOW..we are splitting hairs here. I will take true reliability virtually anywhere compared to random moments of perceived slightly faster speeds.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500492713 Danny Dq Quinones

      verizon i phone will have no 4 g lmao.. sprint blows att n verizon

      • Gixxerhoff750

        I will say my sister came to visit with her EVO and it is a impressive device. But it only worked at my house on wifi because even though she had a bar or 2 it wasnt enough to complete a call. I agree though if you don’t want the best technology for your smartphone. Go with sprint or even Metro has the quality service in most areas!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500492713 Danny Dq Quinones

      verizon i phone will have no 4 g lmao.. sprint blows att n verizon

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYWAZQWNUVZU3RN6WXIXZSBB7E NiteCap_2k

    lets deal with this article. writer says he dosent think the talk and data at the same time is as big a deal as “luke wilson” makes it out to be. I’d like to see a poll on that. I know for a fact that most of my friends with not just iphones on at&t network who all use the voice and data at the same time. this is important. my question is why would you take an a+ student and make him a C- student and call him great?. I want my smart phone to be just that a smart phone not limited by someones network that cant handle the options given. Dont get me wrong verizon has some great products, their Fios internet and TV work excellent for me. but when it comes to my phone AT&T are it. living in the area i am in i really dont experience a lot of dropped calls. i can even video call on their 3g network with a free app thats available in the app store. i can remember when people complained that the iphone did not have multitasking this was a huge bashing point for alot of the smart phone manufacturers, but think this through, with the verizon iphon, you just took away part of your ability to multitask also. i can see it now, “honey i’m emailing you a picture that you really need to see, Ok?, yes dear let me hang up download the picture look it over and call you back! (yeah right)

  • Richie

    So really what does the AT&T iphone has that Verizon Iphone will not have beside the talk with data. I do agree it would be useful to alot of people and I dont think apple users would change to downgrade some services

  • Richie

    My current verizon blackberry 8530 is do for an upgrade, I am looking to upgrade to a iphone but not to sure what service i should go with, AT&T or Verizon, My wife and few friends got the AT&T and loves it. I was also looking at the Droid X.
    I know that service is service, but the iphone is different, Verizon took the iphone and downgraded it. I think one of the carriers should reduce phone and plan pricing to get the better edge.
    any thoughts?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500492713 Danny Dq Quinones

    verizon i phone will have no 4 g lmao

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500492713 Danny Dq Quinones

    verizon i phone will have no 4 g lmao

  • Gixxerhoff750

    I have had the mobile hotspot on my 3GS for over a YEAR! It’s called mywi, u have to jailbreak to get it but a non jailbroken iPhone is garbage anyway!

    And let me get this straight the highly congested att network is still faster the verizons??

    Face it folks. There is a reason att has all the best smartphones! It’s the network and the superior technology! I had verizon and the only place I have ever had better reception then with att is in basements! That’s the advantage to CDMA it penetrates buildings better. But guess what with all the fee voip apps avaliable I have never not been able to make a call, switch to wifi and use icall, fring, or skype!! And that works when NOBODY has service!!

    • Gixxerhoff750

      And let me add talk and data is HUGE when your using one of the excellent GPS apps avaliable for the iPhone! Att is also cheaper because of rollover! I had reception problems with verizon they tell me buy a new phone at full price. Had a problem with att they send me a free microcell!! And if u travel overseas leave the verizon iPhone at home!!

  • Gixxerhoff750

    Dude there are about 20 times more iPhones the all android devices put toghether on all networks. The millions of jailbreakers have had multitasking and hotspots for YEARS! Blame apples control freak additude for all iPhones not having it. And there is noway I believe android users use more data. Maybe back in the iPhone 1 days when they where stuck on edge. And if it is true it’s do to the easy interface of the iPhone attracting the old guy that doesn’t know what a hotspot or streaming is!!!

  • Luongsb

    I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. Your data speeds is based on demographics and user load. You can have 10000 users in this area on 1 network say it’s the best in the world, while the next 10000 in another area with the same phone on the same network say differently.

    1) When i do leave the country, I switch to my global phone or I don’t bring it. yes, my phone is important to me, so is my damn vacation and sanity =0)… i’d buy a prepaid or use wifi and check my emails at my leisure… remember, i’m on vacation.
    2) I don’t have a problem not sending a message while talking. they will receive it when i hang up. If I ever have the need to websurf for my friends while talking to them… i’ll probably look for replacement friends as they should be able to do that, or pay for their own damn internet.
    3) I don’t know why Verizon/Apple would release a non LTE iPhone… we’ve waited 4 years… what’s another 6 months when the iPhone 5 is released
    4) and…. DROID…

  • JamesVincent

    Just a question… Doesn’t the Verizon iphone have 3G/HSDPA? Cos I thought Verizon has big 3G coverage

  • Anonymous

    One year later, Verizon gives you voice & data. :D

    • Anonymous

      And 3G/HSDPA too. They always had that.

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