The moment we have all been waiting for has finally come. For years we have had our hopes raised and then crushed. Tech blogs have spurred the rumor mills and created ongoing disappointment for those not wanting to sacrifice service bars for the next hot phone. It was announced yesterday that the iPhone 4 will be released for Verizon on Febuary 3rd for existing Verizon customers and on Febuary 10th for everybody else. Since 2007, the Apple iPhone has ruled the technological world. AT&T customers have enjoyed the advantages offered by the iPhone while Verizon Wireless customers remained loyal, touting their superior network. Withyesterday’s announcement of the new iPhone 4 on the Verizon network, will the loyal Verizon customer base be rewarded witha superior device on a superior network, or will Verizon mismanage the influx of users and bandwidth as AT&T reportedly did when they added the iPhone to their network?
After the introduction of the iPhone to the AT&T network, it became standard to see over half of their new customers coming to them on the iPhone. The demand for the iPhone was extraordinary, the data capabilities were unprecendented, and the strain on the network was unforseen and crippling. Iphones used 50% more data than AT&T had planned for, leading to them scrambling for more capacity and playing a futile game of catch-up. Verizon, on the other hand, has its steady and fast network as it’s selling point. Verizon has built up it’s network in preparation for this day- in preparation for the iPhone. They do not want to be AT&T. Verizon’s 4G network and it’s new, uber fast LTE network, are said to be able to handle the 9 to 12 million new Verizon iPhone release users predicted for this year alone.
Technologically, there is still speculation about the capabilities of the new Verizon iPhone 4. It has been confirmed that the Verizon iPhone will be able to act as a mobile hotspot, allowing connectivty by up to five wireless enabled devices. Like all other data enabled phones on the Verizon network, the iPhone will not have the capability to talk on the phone and surf the web simultaneously- but how many things can a person really do at one time? Verizon has said that they have addressed the so-called ‘death grip’ issue that hampered the release of the iPhone 4 for AT&T last year. They have added one more antenna, placing them on the four corners of the phone. Testing with models at the announcement proved that the issue was resolved, but that was in a controlled environment. Testing of the death grip in fringe areas of the network will prove if the problem is actually resolved.
As we move closer to the limited Febuary 3rd release and the wide Febuary 10th date, more information and details are sure to pour in about the specs of the iphone 4 for Verizon. Verizon assures us that they are ready for the spike in data and their network is well equipped to handle the load. I say only time will tell on this one, but will lean to believing Verizon, as they take great pride in their network and are not ready to swallow it- especially after all the hype and anticipation over the iPhone.