Why You Might Hold Off Buying Verizon iPhone

Slate columnist: People in big cities should be wary
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2011 3:30 PM CST
Tim Cook, COO of Apple, announces that Verizon Wireless will carry Apple's iPhone, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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(Newser) – Lots of people will be rushing out to buy the Verizon iPhone next month, but Farhad Manjoo offers reasons in Slate why it might make sense to wait:

  • Network overload: Verizon insists it's ready, but when scores of iPhone users rush its network, it may experience the same connectivity issues that have plagued AT&T. "If you live in a big city, then you might want to wait to see whether Verizon can, indeed, manage the onslaught."
  • 4G iPhone coming? It's a safe bet that Apple will unveil a new iPhone over the summer. If you consume lots of data and live in an area where 4G speeds are available, then what's a few more months?

  • Travelers: Verizon's iPhone won't work as well (or as cheaply) on international networks as AT&T's.
  • AT&T's reaction: The loss of an exclusive iPhone deal will deprive AT&T of its major cash cow—and it may lower its prices to retain customers.
  • Multitasking: Verizon's model won't let you talk on the phone and download data simultaneously, unlike AT&T's.
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