Verizon's iPhone Won't Be Quite the Same For one thing, no surfing while talking By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Oct 9, 2010 9:36 AM CDT 14 comments Comments A file photo of an iPhone. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Newser) – News that Verizon will start selling the iPhone next year comes with a catch, the Wall Street Journal explains. Because Verizon's technology (CDMA) differs from AT&T's (UMTS), their respective phones will differ in certain ways. Notably, Verizon users won't be able to surf the web or send email while making a voice call. A Verizon spokesman plays down the importance of that—though he adds they're working on it—while an AT&T rep calls it a "big deal." An example would be someone updating a Facebook page while in mid-conversation. The Journal points out two other differences: CDMA isn't widely used overseas, so Verizon iPhone use would be limited in parts of Europe and Asia, and CDMA eats up battery life more quickly.