The Rumors Were True: Verizon Gets the iPhone 4

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So after years of constantly having to deal with the Verizon iPhone rumors, which have been particularly numerous this year, it has finally happened: Verizon will have the iPhone 4 for their customers.

Current Verizon customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone 4 online on February 3rd while everyone else will have to wait until February 10th.

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• Read about Netflix on the iPhone.
• Learn about Onkyo's controller app for the iPhone.
• Check out the live blog of the announcement from mobilecrunch.com.

Are there any differences? Only a few. Both Verizon and AT&T iPhones will have FaceTime, a 5-megapixel camera that shoots 720p video, and all of the major features. Verizon gets a Wi-Fi hotspot feature, meaning that the Verizon iPhone 4 will be able to become a Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to 5 devices at one time. That a pretty cool feature. However, there is also a significant downside to the Verizon iPhone 4.

Verizon works on a CDMA network, which is a different chipset than the GSM network the AT&T network works on. One of the downsides to CDMA networks is that they cannot handle phone calls and data at the same time. So if users are on their iPhones, checking email, and receive a call, they will be unable to continue checking email.

It will be interesting to see how this affects the mobile market. How many customers will Verizon gain and AT&T lose?


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