The long awaited announcement today of the iPhone being available on Verizon brought great relief to sufferers of AT&Ts sputtering network. Â But there is a catch, isn’t there always a catch?
At least initially the iPhone will only be available for Verizon’s CDMA spectrum and not the next generation LTE spectrum (Verizon 4G). Â As soon as I heard this, it reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend who works at Apple on the iPhone back in the fall. Â That person mentioned what a pain it was to work with Verizon’s CDMA network as the user experience was different than the current iPhone.
Why is that you may ask? Â Well with Verizon’s CDMA network, iPhone will only be able to do either a phone call or data but not both at the same time. Â Also, if you are an international traveler, your iPhone is a paper weight overseas.
It is not all bad news. Â The most important part of the announcement today is that we have a choice in networks. Â Choice hopefully will result in better quality networks and potentially pricing. Â Even though I will not be switching, enough people will that hopefully my experience on AT&T will improve.
The key for people wanting to buy the iPhone on Verizon is patience. Â As Verizon fully rolls out LTE, the safe assumption is that Apple will build an iPhone with an LTE chip in it. Â Apple and Verizon’s immediate goal is to get the earliest adopters to buy in, and then 3 or 4 months from now when the next generation of iPhone is released, those users pay a premium to upgrade. Â At least that is my prediction.