Verizon's iPhone Gets the Thumbs Up
Finally, an iPhone you can use ... as a phone
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2011 7:58 AM CST
This product image provided by Apple Inc., shows the Verizon iPhone 4G.   (AP Photo/Apple Inc.)
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(Newser) – The iPhone 4 has finally arrived on Verizon, and what that means is … now you can actually make successful phone calls on your iPhone. Reviewers give it a thumbs-up:

  • “The Verizon iPhone is nearly the same as AT&T’s iPhone 4—but it doesn’t drop calls. For several million Americans, that makes it the holy grail,” writes David Pogue in the New York Times. In five cities, including San Francisco and New York (“the two Bermuda Triangles of AT&T reception”), the Verizon version successfully held a call to a landline while the AT&T version dropped it, sometimes more than once. OK, the “holy grail” did drop one call, and AT&T has better coverage in some areas, but the bottom line is: “The Verizon iPhone has more bars in more places.”

  • Walter S. Mossberg concurs that the Verizon version is “much, much better with voice calls,” and it also has “the ability to use the phone, for an extra monthly fee, as a Wi-Fi hot spot for Internet connectivity to multiple laptops or other devices,” a feature he found to work fine. But, he writes in the Wall Street Journal, “if you really care about data speed, or travel overseas, and AT&T service is tolerable in your area, you may want to stick with AT&T.”
  • “It’s here. And yes, it works. Beautifully,” writes MG Siegler on TechCrunch. “I can’t tell you how wonderful it has been to walk through the city while being able to maintain a phone call, or Internet connection. Naturally, there are still a few places I was unable get service, but they’re typically places where it’s understandable—like underground.”
The stellar reviews did come with some caveats (Verizon's "policies and prices are still among the worst" in America, Pogue writes). Click through for more reasons you might want to hold off on buying a Verizon iPhone.