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The Rumors are Silenced: iPhone Comes to Verizon (Student Editorial)

By Theresa Ragonese, student, Center for Distance Learning

January 11, 2012

Finally, after almost four years, iPhone fans will be able to choose their service carrier. This means that the iPhone will no longer be exclusive to AT&T. As of Feb. 10, the iPhone 4 became available on the Verizon Wireless network.

During the first nine months of 2010, 11.1 million iPhones were activated on the AT&T network. The iPhone 4 boasts its sleek stainless steel design, iOS4 -- the most advanced mobile operating system and FaceTime (video calling). But there will be slight differences between the AT&T iPhone and the Verizon iPhone. The AT&T iPhone has the capability to use data connections while a phone call is in progress, but the Verizon version will not, swaying some users. The Verizon version does have one capability the AT&T version does not: the ability to act as a mobile hot-spot for up to five devices.

One major downfall to the Verizon iPhone is that it will run on the 3G network, which means lower data speeds than AT&T's version. But, the speed of data is irrelevant -- if Verizon customers want the iPhone, they will get it no matter what. Another difference is that Verizon will be using its C.D.M.A (Code Division Multiple Access) network while AT&T uses G.S.M (Global System for Mobile Communications). This means that AT&T iPhones will not be usable on the Verizon network.

This has been a long awaited change for many and has been a popular topic in the blogosphere. With customers now having a choice of service providers, the iPhone is going to become more prevalent in society. An estimated five to 13 million iPhones will be sold by Verizon this year, while AT&T is estimated to sell around eight million.
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