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  • Apple’s Latest Commercial touts “Two is better than one”


    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.


    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTbaUTRlbJQ&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - New iPhone Commercial[/ame]


    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
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple’s Latest Commercial touts “Two is better than one” started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Nice commercial. Just waiting to see what VZ customers think of the iPhone on the new network.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      It doesn't matter how much slower Verizon's network is or the fact that you can't browse/talk at the same time...this is a win for everyone. People that live in fringe AT&T areas can now get the phone through Verizon and maybe a pricing war will begin. I am sticking with AT&T as they work the best no matter where I travel and I travel a lot. It's going to be interesting.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      It doesn't matter how much slower Verizon's network is or the fact that you can't browse/talk at the same time...this is a win for everyone. People that live in fringe AT&T areas can now get the phone through Verizon and maybe a pricing war will begin. I am sticking with AT&T as they work the best no matter where I travel and I travel a lot. It's going to be interesting.
      Totally Agree
    1. Silverado87's Avatar
      Silverado87 -
      So pay more for less if it's true about the $50 extra lol
    1. MonsIg74's Avatar
      MonsIg74 -
      2 is better than 1, but 4 is better than 2? So just release the iphone on all carriers!!!
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by MonsIg74 View Post
      2 is better than 1, but 4 is better than 2? So just release the iphone on all carriers!!!
      lol [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_wireless_communications_serv ice_providers[/ame]
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post
      Yeah why not?
      Cuz u never know... I mean it took forever for an iPhone to be able to even MMS so I wouldn't doubt VZ setting something where ya can only facetime w/ other Vz to take a shot at ATT.

      It'll be cool when video calling works with all video calling phones. Not just iPhone to iPhone.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Titan3636 View Post
      Cuz u never know... I mean it took forever for an iPhone to be able to even MMS so I wouldn't doubt VZ setting something where ya can only facetime w/ other Vz to take a shot at ATT.

      It'll be cool when video calling works with all video calling phones. Not just iPhone to iPhone.
      Apple controls that. Not Verizon. Apple doesn't become other companies *******.
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      Why would it matter considering you have to use WiFi on both? Network makes no difference.

      Once the VZ iPhone is jailbroken and 3G Unrestrictor (may be up for a name change) is installed, who knows if it will work or not. Right now even with a good 3G signal facetime doesn't work well over 3G. Haven't tried Skype yet though.
      Yeah true. I have tried skype and it works well but it doesn't leave ya signed in so you have to call or txt someone first then tell them to get on skype than u can video call them. #fail
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      Apple controls that. Not Verizon. Apple doesn't become other companies *******.
      Hahaha I'm sure VZ will have plenty to say. Apple isn't just calling the shots. VZ is as big if not bigger a company as apple in most respects.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Titan3636 View Post
      Hahaha I'm sure VZ will have plenty to say. Apple isn't just calling the shots. VZ is as big if not bigger a company as apple in most respects.
      Haha, not. Apple calls the shots. Did you see what the iPhone did to At&t? Yeah, Apple is the one calling the shots on what happens on everything except the wireless data side (3g, 2g, cdma, gsm, whatever). At&t and verizon will control what is allowed to go over their networks.
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      Haha, not. Apple calls the shots. Did you see what the iPhone did to At&t? Yeah, Apple is the one calling the shots on what happens on everything except the wireless data side (3g, 2g, cdma, gsm, whatever). At&t and verizon will control what is allowed to go over their networks.
      FaceTime is data so that is what my concern is. Oh well guess time will tell.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Not over wifi it isn't. That is all that it is allowed to do.
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      Oh yeah forgot about wifi. I always use 3G
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      haha, yeah. I don't think there will be facetime on your data plan until LTE is out.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I would think its better to wait for a universal option in iPhone 5
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      For Shizzle
    1. skj8100's Avatar
      skj8100 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Titan3636 View Post
      Hahaha I'm sure VZ will have plenty to say. Apple isn't just calling the shots. VZ is as big if not bigger a company as apple in most respects.
      I dont think you are familiar with how apple and/or steve jobs operates are you?......

      Why do you think it took 3 1/2 years for a verizon iPhone? Because verizon wouldn't let apple basically have ultimate control like AT&T allowed....
    1. Riviera's Avatar
      Riviera -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      If two is better than one, how'd it take the 3 1/2 years to find out?
      I don't think it took that long.

      I do believe Verizon was already planning to get iPhone when the iPhone 3G model came out (2008). However, with all the drama that happened at AT&T network during the launch, VZ wanted to make sure that their network can handle the 'stress'.

      It costs millions of dollars for R&D to prepare a network and its structure; Verizon does not want to make the same mistake as AT&T did for the past 2 years for iPhone 3G & 3GS (drop calls, slow data, etc.). It's not as easy as flipping a burger.

      Also, don't forget that AT&T was still in contract with Apple to carry iPhone exclusively in the US.
    1. bmxtreme's Avatar
      bmxtreme -
      a farking phone is a farking phone....geez, apple users are nuts nowadays to even care so much about how compatible the phone with a network. KNowing apple, it will ssux as usual for any new products, so just hold off getting any Verizon phone for at least 6 mths.