It’s Finally Here: iPhone for Verizon!

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By Ben Spielberg

Mark the date of February 10 on all your calendars, because for any of you smartphone users out there, your lives are about to improve! Verizon is officially offering service for Apple’s iPhone, rendering AT&T’s stronghold on their champion horse moot. Some AT&T users may want to switch to Verizon next month, and I gather quite a bit of you are confused. Personally, I was wondering what the differences in service would be for AT&T and Verizon on the iPhone.

Verizon’s network works differently than AT&T’s. AT&T uses Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), which is what most other carriers in the world use. Verizon, however, utilizes Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), which means that the signal is spread out a little more. To get technical, AT&T users will receive signals from only one tower at a time, while Verizon users are able to get reception from multiple different towers at once. Verizon’s CDMA technology is a little bit faster concerning actual phone calls, but AT&T takes the cake when it comes to data use. There are still two big flaws when it comes to Verizon’s CDMA technology—the first is that they don’t use SIM cards, so it is a lot harder to switch between mobile phones. The second, and this is a big one, is that you can’t browse the web while you’re using the phone. With a phone as sophisticated as the latest iPhone, this is a little disconcerting.

The iPhone’s been rumored to be released in CDMA technology for quite some time and next month it will finally happen. This could be a good thing for AT&T users as it will lessen the amount of stress on the iPhone’s network. And obviously beneficial for Verizon users, too, because they’ll finally get their hands on the most prestigious smartphone on the market. All in all, I think that this will be a huge improvement for everyone—people who prefer Verizon will be able to get an iPhone, and lovers of AT&T will have a lot less dropped calls. Next stop, Sprint and T-Mobile…

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