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Verizon iPhone: Slower Data, Better Coverage

Verizon iPhone 4 The long wait for the iPhone on Verizon's network is almost over, as consumers will finally be able to get their greedy mitts on the CDMA-enabled iPhone 4 on February 10th. But reviewers have already put the phone through its paces -- and they're saying just what you'd expect: that It's the same exact device as the iPhone 4 on AT&T, but on a much better network. Reviewer after reviewer found that the iPhone 4 on Verizon was much more reliable when it came to reception and dropped calls. But, while coverage was vastly improved, there are trade-offs. Most side-by-side tests put the Verizon iPhone's data connection about 50-percent slower on downloads and 60-percent slower on uploads than the AT&T version. Of course, to take advantage of those improved speeds you'll have to get and stay connected. Those speed differences were quite noticeable under some circumstances, such as Wired's Netflix test, during which the Verizon iPhone's streams were significantly more pixelated.

While you can't browse the Web and hold a conversation at the same time on the Verizon iPhone (thanks to the limitations of CDMA technology), there is one major advantage to picking Verizon: unlimited data. Verizon plans to eventually stop offering unlimited data, but $30 currently gets you all the bytes you can download, an option phased out by AT&T early in 2010. The general theme of every review we read can be summed up quite nicely by a quote from our friends at Engadget: "Apple and Verizon did the impossible: they made the best smartphone in America just a little bit better."

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