Why You Might Think Twice About Switching To Verizon For the iPhone 4

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

The first commercial for the iPhone 4 for Verizon has hit the interwebs.

check it out

My only question to you is…will you make the switch?

a couple of things to think about in regards to switching.

  • unlike AT&T Verizon does not allow you to use data while you are on a call. For example, if you are talking with a friend and want to check email or search the web you have to hang up first and then start your browsing.
  • the iPhone 4 as a hotspot. One of the coolest features that Verizon is introducing for the iPhone 4 is allowing you to turn your iPhone into a mobile hotspot  that allows you to use it for wifi. Though this sounds amazing in theory there are some rumors that the data charges for this could be outrageous (see next option) and that it is not amazing wifi as it uses 3g.
  • Data charges. Once AT&T started this trend of giving options for data plans Verizon followed in their path, the only problem is Verizon has yet to release the prices of these Data packages. Some reports have said it will cost upwards of $110 a month for unlimited date. I do not think this will be true, but be aware of the data packages that could be a bit higher then expected

So let me ask you again, are you making the switch?


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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://manofdepravity.com Tyler

    As a Droid user on Verizon I’ve never, not once, needed or wanted to use my data while I’m on the phone. I probably make 20 to 25 calls a month anyway. I dont seeing that being an issue. However, I’m not planning on using my upgrade for the iphone. It’s just another phone, and many other phones in the next 6 months will be far and away better. Plus an iphone 5 of some sort is likely coming in the summer.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      yes I agree, well kind of. I am on the phone a lot and I usually will be looking at twitter, email, etc…while on the phone.
      So it would be a problem for me.
      I do think you are wise to wait until iPhone 5.
      Though do not tell all the apple fan boys this, there are times I really would not mind having a droid

  • http://www.bensayin.com Ben

    I posted something very similar to this, and here are my thoughts to your bullet points:

    – Simultaneous voice and data: Yes, you are correct… until LTE devices roll out. Then it’s a moot point. Data over LTE, Voice over 3G. Apple missed the boat on 4G devices (imo), but we’ll see what happens in the next revision this summer.
    – True, not true, true. Data charges won’t change anytime soon, especially with LTE out.
    – Kind of true. The only thing Verizon did differently is offer a plan that consumes less data, for less money. That is already in place. $110 is crazytalk, but they do charge $80 for a 5gb plan for their data cards, which is nutso.

    Here’s the bottom line, Verizon won’t have nearly as many of iPhone users eating up data as AT&T first did when it came out, and with 4G devices coming out next month people would be crazy to get an iPhone before the summer. There will probably be an extra charge to be on LTE, but that’s yet to be seen outside of rumors.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      nice…good stuff

  • http://www.abrahamchronicles.com Dustin

    Seems like once or twice a month for me I’m googling something or checking Twitter while on the phone. That would be the kicker for me.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      ya me as well

  • http://www.pofgblog.com Joseph

    I “made the switch” last fall – from AT&T’s crappy network to Verizon’s much better one, and from an iPhone to a Droid (Samsung Captivate, actually). I’ve thought about the ups and downs quite a bit since then, and the only thing that I even sort of miss is being able to quickly and easily plug my phone into my computer and sync everything in iTunes. But, really, I had all my contacts, calendars, email accounts, etc., in Google’s ‘cloud’ anyways, so the only thing I’m missing out on at all is having a chunk of my iTunes music library on my phone (which is possible to do, I just don’t).

    The way things have shaken out in the past is like this – Apple does stuff first, then other people come along and do it better. For me, buying Apple is like buying a Gibson guitar… You can get just as good somewhere else, but some people like paying for the name.

    • http://www.pofgblog.com Joseph

      …for phones, at least. I am totally a Mac fanboy when it comes to laptop computers.