Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

Summary: No simultaneous data and voice and we still don't have data and voice plan pricing

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I previously wrote about why you shouldn't get the iPhone on Verizon. This was before the official announcement, and now we have a lot more details about what Verizon's iPhone will offer.

For starters, I had mentioned previously that the Verizon iPhone wouldn't offer simultaneous voice and data. It turns out that in fact that's the case. It runs on Verizon's 3G, CDMA network, not Verizon's new LTE network. While that might not be that big a deal to existing Verizon customers, if you've been enjoying the iPhone on AT&T, you are used to talking on the phone and looking up something in Safari, sending or receiving an e-mail, looking up directions, and more, all while continuing to have your conversation.

Now that the announcement has come and gone, Verizon has posted up a great FAQ about the pending Verizon iPhone. I've grabbed a few highlights below:

Availability

February 10th for $199.99 for the 16GB and $299.99 for the 32GB. This price is only if you sign a new two year agreement. On February 10th you can go to an Apple Retail store or Verizon to pick up a Verizon iPhone, if there are any available.

Pre-order

Existing Verizon Wireless customers can pre-order via VerizonWireless.com, on a "first come, first serve" basis on or around February 3, 2011.

Can I purchase the Verizon iPhone without a contract?

Yes, at full retail price--$649.99 for the 16GB model; $749.99 for the 32GB model.

Can I use my "New Every Two" credit?

Yes, though not all agent locations will honor it.

Voice and Data Plans

iPhone customers will have to choose one, but the pricing has not yet been announced.

Read the rest of the FAQ at Vzw.com.

I've been asked by a number of people recently if the iPhone is the best phone coming to Verizon. The answer is no, in my opinion, especially since Verizon is now adding phones that work on its new LTE, 4G, network. To that end, can you go wrong buying the iPhone? I think it's too soon to tell. We don't know what the data / voice pricing is yet. Hardware-wise, it's just about the same as the iPhone 4, so if you like what you see there, you're good.

I definitely recommend waiting to see what the data / voice package is all about first. My previous experience with the Samsung Tab on Verizon and its pricing has taught me to be a bit cautious when doing anything with Verizon.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Smartphones, Telcos, Verizon

Joel Evans

About Joel Evans

With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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  • You Have It Backwards

    It isn't about being able to surf the web on a call, it is about being able to receive a call when you are using data. If you are listening to Pandora or using an app when a call comes in, if you don't have LTE, or at least GSM, then the call is directed to voice mail. All these applications are not merely useless but a distraction if using them can prevent you from receiving a call.
    Doctor Demento
    • But if you cannot do that at the moment

      with Android, Windows, or feature phones on Verizon, then what is the difference?
      Purchasing an iPhone, Samsung, HTC, ect will not make a difference in reference to simultaneous voice and data?

      And is that a "make or break" option for many?
      Tim Cook
      • You have a point

        @Mister Spock And that is what makes GSM (3G) a much better network.

        On another subject, I suspect that the iPhone will bring down the Verizon network on the 1st day of a mayor conference. Then Verizon would not be able to use the "our network would never do that" or "our network is better than other" .... they just don't have volume users.
        wackoae
      • RE: Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

        @Mister Spock

        I'm confused. My cousin's Droid would take calls while surfing even before he rooted it. The iPhone can't do that? Droid OLD.
        tkejlboom
    • wrong....

      @Doctor Demento

      You can receive calls on cdma while using data. The phone call bumps you off Pandora, etc. Cdma just cannot surf while in a phone call.
      thetaylored
    • RE: Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

      @Doctor Demento Maybe that's how the iPhone works but my data is simply interrupted to allow the call on my Droid Incredible.
      storm14k
    • RE: Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

      @Doctor Demento You're totally wrong, dude.
      mrgrey211
    • RE: Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

      @Doctor Demento
      I think it works the other way round, at least on my Sprint-HTC EVO 4G. Well when I am in 3G mode by turning of 4G, I receive call no matter of what app I run. The call simply gets Trap Priority over rest.
      Ram U
    • RE: Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

      @Doctor Demento You don't say which carrier you are using. On Verizon, I have always had my calls come through with the option to answer, just like any other call. Which lala land are you coming from?
      steveanderson1357@...
      • RE: Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

        @steveanderson1357@...
        I suspect Doctor Demento is used to the way things are in GSM land while on a 2G (EDGE or GPRS) service.

        There, typically, whichever type of connection you're currently in (be it voice or data) gets priority, and the other type of connection gets bumped off. So if you're already in a call, you stop receiving data, and if you're already in a data session, you typically stop receiving phone calls.

        As you've correctly pointed out, this is not the case with most CDMA services, where voice calls will always get priority.

        @athynz:
        It makes a difference, because in one direction (the EDGE/GPRS way of doing things) potentially urgent phone calls can be redirected to voicemail without you ever knowing that a call was coming in at all.

        In the other direction (the CDMA way of doing things), you always the option of being notified of incoming calls, allowing you an opportunity to decide whether or not it is urgent enough to justify disconnecting the data session.

        Of course, the 3GSM way of doing it is better than either of the other two options.
        lfmorrison
    • RE: Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

      @Doctor Demento
      thats not true. this is how all verizon phones currently work, i have a blackberry storm and if im on the internet and i get a call it still comes through, and just pauses data. i dont loose calls just because i want to listen to pandora, if that was the case verizon would have been having problems for years.
      kitty13131
    • RE: Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

      @Doctor Demento Isn't that the flip side of the coin? Either way with my AT&T iPhone I can surf the web on a call or call while I'm surfing the web - and VZW's iPhone (or any of their smartphones) are unable to do so.
      athynz
    • RE: Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

      @Doctor Demento

      That is not true at all. I stream Pandora, Slacker and a few others on my Droid X without WiFi. When a call comes in the music stops and the phone rings. When I'm done the music starts again.

      The only thing I can't do is be on the net and get a call at the same time. It is somewhat limiting though.
      itguy08
    • Not Exaactly True

      @Doctor Demento
      Phone calls have priority. I listen to Pandora all the time on my Droid-X, especially in my car. When a call comes in Pandora automatically pauses. When the call is over it also starts back up automatically. When plugged into the aux port in my car it turns my radio into a hands-free device without needing bluetooth.
      DT2
    • RE: Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

      @Doctor Demento
      That is NOT true. I have a windows mobile phone on verizon (omnia 2), and when I get a call it disconnects my data connection.
      surge3@...
    • <Edited>

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      evilkillerwhale@...
    • RE: Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

      @Doctor Demento Actually my Droid X will let me choose to answer the call and if I do, the data session is cut. If I go to voicemail, the data session is left open.
      trainer_1@...
    • RE: Verizon iPhone: the Fine Print

      A very good and informative article indeed . It helps me a lot to enhance my knowledge, I really like the way the writer presented his views.
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      giacomoAl
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    DDERSSS
  • &quot;Now adding phones for 4G&quot;? It is half year away, and iPhone 4 *is* better

    ... in everything except for having (for now) useless double-core CPU and LTE support -- which will work only by summer and still would run only in 38 cities and no step further than cities' inner road loop. (And faster and free of charge Wi-Fi hotspots are within the cities anyway, so LTE will be useful not that much before it will be unfolded in three years.)<br><br>iPhone 4's screen resolution is <b>twice</b> better than that of Samsung Galaxy S (in linear presentation it is 326 dpi against 233 dpi), for example, and will still be 30% better than the best of announced and yet not shipping Android phones.<br><br>The battery life of the promised phones is going to be no better or even worse than that of current models, which *all* cede to iPhone 4 in *active* use battery lifetime.<br><br>Other phones also way lack in the diversity and scale of media library, range of applications (and no applications for Android are actually as UI/graphics-refined as iPhone 4 ones, which support Retina resolution) and have no AirPlay technology.<br><br>None of these other phone have backslide camera censor either, so having more pixels is a mere cheap marketing stunt.<br><br>Also, all of them are 25-70% bigger than iPhone 4, so these are not really convenient as phones (compare typical cell phone width of 1.8 inches to the width of even iPhone 4 and you will understand that it's size is already maximal for practical use), and not every pocket can handle such near to VHS cassette sizes.<br><br>Also, iPhone 4 is capable of immediate OS updates (not waiting for like 6-12 months or forever), it is free of junkware, and its UI is not crooked by whatever "skins" by vendors and/or carriers.
    DDERSSS