Second thoughts on the Verizon iPhone

Although I currently have an iPhone and my service with AT&T has been great, I was still excited about the prospects of the iPhone going to Verizon. After today’s announcement, I would think twice about jumping ship or purchasing the popular device for several main reasons.

First off, the phone will not be able to run on Verizon’s 4G network. Well not until the summer anyway.
Second, which piggybacks on the first reason, is that the iPhone will likely be getting an update for a summer release. Hopefully then running on the LTE network.
Finally, and again because of the network, the iPhone will not be able to handle a phone call and running an app at the same time. For example, if you are talking with a friend about what movie you would like to see, you can’t jump to your speaker phone and pull up Fandango at the same time.

I know these issues WILL BE addressed in the coming months and iPhone will emerge better than ever. Yet, in the mean time, I am perfectly happy with what I have now. Besides, I’m locked into that 2 year contract and there is no way I am paying to get out of it 🙂

So before you purchase your Verizon iPhone, do a bit of research and see if you can’t wait just a few more months for an incredibly better phone.


About jimmysw
Associate Professor of Social Work with a focus on the Future of Social Media, Social Work Education and all things technology.

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