Best Buy Skipping Verizon iPhone 4?

As much as folks are frothing at the bit to ditch AT&T for Verizon and their iPhone 4, retail partner Best Buy is sticking by Big Blue. Best Buy training documents have revealed that they won’t be carrying the Verizon iPhone 4, citing “only” 3G isn’t good enough for newer products, especially when VZ is spending so much marketing power on LTE 4G products.

The iPhone 4, on the weird off-chance you’ve never heard of it, packs the highest-resolution screen we’ve seen on a smartphone to date (960 x 640), and has an application market bigger and badder than any of the competitors. The 5 megapixel camera takes HD video and great stills alike, a front-facing camera is there for video calls, plus it runs an OS that supports multitasking,

That being said, we are expecting a white iPhone 4 at Best Buy on February 27, which suggests it’ll be for AT&T, rather than Verizon as we have suspected for some time. Will anyone really miss the Verizon offering at Best Buy? Probably not since there are plenty of AT&T, Apple, and other third-party stores to go around. The interesting part about this is how vehemently Best Buy is training their staff to defend the AT&T iPhone 4 and downplay Verizon’s offer. It’s mostly the same thing a device perspective, barring personal hotspot capabilities, but even that is coming to GSM models sooner or later.

The Verizon iPhone 4 will be available on February 10, but if you’re having trouble making the leap, be sure to check out our comparison chart.

[via GearLive]

  • Informed

    This article has many false statements.

    • you’re right

  • Anonymous

    Though the Verizon iPhone 4 has nothing diffirent but the radio. It is made to work with Verizon’s CDMA network otherwise it just the same device. Though it is a code division multiple access(CDMA) Phone and not a Long-Term Evolution(LTE)phong, I will still buy one and an Aneesoft Video converter, as I am extremely impatient! More info about iPhone:http://www.aneesoft.com/tutorials/iphone/index.html

  • FOOLS

    You morons…Best Buy is not “sticking with Big Blue”. What gain would they get from that? Missing out on one of the most anticipated launches does not sound like a wise business plan. Seems more plausible that Apple is doing what they have done in the past, limit the amount of distribution points at product release.

  • Hottytoddyreb10

    There are plenty of people who want to buy the Verizon iPhone from Best Buy, myself included. Their Geek Squad Black Tie Protection alone is worth it, plus they just rolled out the Buy Back program; things Verizon will never offer. AT&T doesn’t even offer insurance on their iPhone, Verizon probably won’t either – and even if they do, their insurance is horrible. I, for one, am pissed about not being able to get my iPhone from Best Buy. And I know for damn sure they’re missing out on a LOT of customers because of this “exclusivity” proposal.

  • BB1guy

    Best Buy does not want to deal with ALL of the returns and headaches that will inevitably occur when customers are disappointed with their inferior version of the Iphone 4. No multi-tasking and slower data speeds will cause returns…which are expensive, and not worth the small margin.

  • tom

    this article is entirely fictional. If any money was made by the writing of this crap, you should give it back.

Back to top ▴