Apple’s latest iPhone commercial features both an AT&T and a Verizon iPhone 4 being used at the same time. The tagline “Two is better that one” says it all. Apple obviously wants people to know that there is no discernable difference between both cellular providers. But is this entirely true? The iPhone 4 isn’t due to hit Verizon’s network until February 10, so until we can test both units side by side, we’ll just have to go by what information Apple and Verizon have released so far.
The biggest difference between the two versions of the iPhone 4 is that the Verizon iPhone
uses a CDMA chip, whereas the AT&T iPhone
uses a GSM chip. For the average user, however, the difference is quite minimal. One advantage of the GSM iPhone 4 on AT&T’s network over the Verizon model is the fact that you can be on a call and check the internet or email at the same time. Also, AT&T’s network is slightly faster than Verizon’s, but AT&T has poorer coverage area. The Verizon iPhone may not access the fastest network, but with Verizon’s excellent coverage area, most users won’t have the same difficulties getting a decent signal that AT&T customers have had to endure.
When the iPhone 4 becomes available to Verizon customers next month, they will have the ability to use their phones as Wi-Fi hotspots right out of the box. AT&T charges $20 a month for the privilege of tethering. Hopefully, AT&T will stop charging extra for this feature, if only to stay competitive with Verizon.
It’s also been reported that the price of the Verizon iPhone 4 without a two-year contract is $50 more that the AT&T version. It’s unclear at this time why that is, but it may have something to do with the price of the CDMA chip inside the phone.
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So as you can see, Apple may want you to think that both versions of the iPhone 4 are exactly the same, but there are a few key differences. I also wonder if Apple has fixed the antenna problem that plagued the iPhone 4 when it was first released. Apple doesn’t want another Antennagate on their hands. When Apple launches the iPhone 5 later this year, I imagine they will only produce one universal version of the phone, if only to keep costs down. For now though, it’s nice to finally have a choice of wireless providers.
Source: 9to5 Mac