no it does not, when i iPhone 4 was released there was no 4g from at&t. Sprint and t-mobile were the only companies to have 4g available when the iPhone 4 hit shelves, and the verizon iPhone will not use verizon's 4g network either. the only 4g phones will remain to be androids and blackberries until the iPhone 5 comes out, which is still a ways out.
i definitely scope out the situation, it's not like i hit the lights and swing my cock around until i strike something warm, i'm not a fucking oil prospector... -drew
This was covered in our feature yesterday entitled Why I’m not switching to the Verizon iPhone: Need for speed. Verizon’s 3G network, while sturdier than the Great Wall of China, is slower than your great grandmother driving a Cadillac on the highway. Ok, it’s really not that slow and it’s more than quick enough to handle basic functions like Web browsing, email and use of basic apps. But this is 2011 and data speeds should be increasing, not decreasing. If heavier usage is your cup of tea — streaming media, data-gulping apps and so on — Verizon’s 3G service crawls.
Those who jump ship from AT&T could be in for a rude awakening in this department. Then again, they also might finally be able to make phone calls.
No simultaneous voice and data
There was an off chance that Verizon Wireless would finally announce a solution for simultaneous voice and data over its CDMA network, but it didn’t happen. We’ll just have to wait for the LTE-enabled version of the iPhone to drop in 2012. In the meantime, if you want to talk and receive emails on your iPhone 4 at the same time, you’ll need AT&T. After all, where would we be without young professionals traipsing through our city streets with their faces buried in smartphones while they bark at their Bluetooth headsets?
Roam or get off the pot
Roamers may have a tough time finding ways to travel internationally with their Verizon iPhones. Well, they can travel anywhere they want with their iPhones as long as they don’t need to talk or use cellular data. Verizon’s iPhone 4 will only operate on CDMA networks and the rest of the world, for the most part, uses GSM. There are some countries where Verizon iPhone users will be able to roam on CDMA, but service won’t be great in many cases — and prepare to sell some organs a month later when your bill arrives.
To be fair, however, AT&T iPhone users may have to cough up the deeds to their houses as well if they roam internationally. It’s not cheap. Less expensive options used to be just a jailbreak, an unlock and a prepaid local SIM away, but the iPhone 4 complicates matters thanks to its Micro-SIM. Average users definitely won’t be hacking up foreign a SIM card to perform a Micro-SIM-ectomy, so international roamers are basically screwed in either camp.
Verizon’s entire presence at CES last week was focused on one thing and one thing alone: 4G. Its LTE network is now live in 38 markets and a flurry of 4G phones will launch in the coming months. But the iPhone… the smartphone millions of Verizon Wireless subscribers have been dying for… is a 3G device.
We knew Verizon’s iPhone 4 would be a CDMA phone for a number of reasons, but 3G is so 2010. Sprint launched its first 4G phone with minimal WiMAX coverage and it ended up being the fastest-selling phone in the carrier’s history. Now, we won’t see a 4G iPhone from Verizon until 2012. That means while millions of Android phones are surfing Verizon’s 4G airwaves later this year, iPhones will still be puttering along at EVDO speeds.
Post updated to remove a reference to FaceTime over 3G, which will not be available on Verizon’s iPhone 4.
With only months before the rumored release of Verizon’s iPhone 4, the 3G (and 4G) “war” between Verizon and AT&T is heating up. AT&T indirectly claims their 3G network is 60% faster.
Verizon recently released a new commercial bragging about their 4G LTE network coming in December, exactly a month before the rumored official announcement of their dream phone, the iPhone 4.
And after 72 hours, AT&T responds with a press release saying that they have the fastest 3G Network and the wireless network with the “red” sign is 60% slower in terms of download speed.
AT&T claims the they’re the nation’s “largest Wi-Fi network,” they are the “pilot” of Wi-Fi zones in major cities, and they have “thousands of distributed antenna networks that enhance coverage and capacity in large buildings, campuses and public areas where people tend to congregate, like stadiums and convention centers.
In Verizon’s new commercial, a guy in the countryside launched a thunderbolt, “signifying” the speed of the company’s promoted 4G LTE network. See it below:
And when it comes to Windows Phone 7, AT&T is the first company to give a shot. Verizon is scheduled to release its first Windows Phone 7 next year.
Aside from iPhone and Windows Phone 7, both companies are selling Android phones, gadgets that are powered by Google’s mobile operating system. Both companies have reported strong sales.
3G is so slow that theres no fucking difference anyway, verizon covers about 5 times more (according to commercials and maps so who knows if thats true) which to me makes it better. When the 4G iphone is release, verizon will get it so its no big, at&t and verizon will have the same kind network, lte, so essentially you could run at&t phone on verizon and vise versa.