It’s only taken a handful of years but finally, finally, the iPhone is coming to a Verizon store near you.
Yeah yeah I know. Totally shocking and unexpected, right? Nobody saw that coming. Apparently Verizon’s been in talks to get the iPhone since 2008, and now, after a year of testing, it’s almost here. The Verizon version of the iPhone 4 is physically virtually unchanged from the AT&T one except for two things: the antenna surrounding the outside of the phone and the placement of the volume and mute buttons. Because Verizon operates on a CDMA network it their iPhone requires a slightly different antenna from the one on the AT&T iPhone 4. And because the antenna is different it necessitated slightly shifting the volume buttons and mute switch. So don’t run out and buy a case for your soon to be had Verizon iPhone 4 just yet (or if you do just keep the receipt) because they’ll likely be using new cases altogether.
Software wise the one major change (that will likely be coming to AT&T and even the iPad down the road) is five user WiFi hotspot functionality. If you have an Android phone then you’ve probably already been taking advantage of this, but what it means is now the iPhone 4 can be used as a hotspot for up to 5 other WiFi enabled things. Pretty convenient if you’re out and about and there isn’t an unblocked WiFi connection to steal from some unsuspecting sucker. Otherwise the Verizon iPhone is just like its GSM brethren, so if you weren’t an iPhone fan before this is not going to convert you into being one now.
Current Verizon customers can pre-order either the 16GB version ($200) or 32GB version ($300) on February 3rd. Everyone else will have to wait until the 10th.
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