Competition is a beautiful thing and something Apple customers aren't used to -- especially if you own an iPhone. But that all changed today when Verizon began selling a CDMA iPhone. Unfortunately, pre-orders started at 3am for existing customers only, everyone will have to wait until February 10.
The reviews are pretty unanimous: it's the same iPhone 4 but with CDMA, better reception and a neato personal hotspot feature. The downside is the the viPhone has slower data and you can't use the Internet (on 3G) while on a phone call.
I can't comment on the Verizon iPhone personally yet because I haven't used one. Since I'm not a current Verizon Wireless customer I had to harrass a family member (with a VZW account) into pre-ordering a viPhone for me. Although some customers are already receiving shipping notifications, mine's not shipping until February 9.
However, I have used a metric butt load of other Verizon smartphones (including every manner of Droid) and Big Red simply gets better reception than the Death Star where I spend most of my time (southern New Jersey and Philadelphia). Obviously, YMMV.
I can't wait to get mine and will report back when I do.
(... just what are we calling it anyway? viPhone? VeriPhone?)
Update: BGR reports that VZW will begin to throttle data-throughput and compress videos and pictures to customers that consume an “extraordinary amount of data.” Quick, somebody Photoshop the VZW logo onto the Death Star!