Bottom Line: Should You Buy The Verizon iPhone?

Well, it’s happened. All of our ViPhone dreams have come true and the phone will be available in stores in February. But should you buy it?

I’m of two minds. As a long-suffering AT&T customer completely understand the rage some feel at the failings of that network. The Verizon iPhone hit 1500kbps while the AT&T model hit about 100kbps during a good minute. My reception in Manhattan is abysmal as is yours if you live in San Francisco or other highly populated areas. But leave the iPhone cluster and it’s a different story. I’ve never had a call drop at home in Brooklyn, for example, and that’s right across the river.

The Verizon iPhone is a nice addition to the Verizon catalog. It is immensely popular, well-supported, and there is already a fervent fan base. But this model has a fatal flaw: CDMA. CDMA is an interstitial technology right now as carriers roll out LTE and I suspect we have at least another year before the ViPhone will come in an LTE model. Apple is still supporting GSM/3G, as well, so this won’t be a matter of the ViPhone leapfrogging AT&T. It just won’t happen.

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