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Verizon Wireless. It looks, feels, and acts just like the existing iPhone 4, except for a new wireless hotspot app and a potential change to the antenna that just might solve the“death grip” problem. But after all, that’s what Apple and Verizon promised: the iPhone experience, on Verizon’s 3G network.
Let’s make this clear: this is a 3G, CDMA iPhone. There’s no LTE, no GSM; it isn’t a world phone. It works on Verizon’s 850 and 1900 MHz bands. The device might also work on Sprint, if Sprint can close a deal with Apple. Apple chief executive officer Mr. Tim Cook said the Verizon agreement was non-exclusive, so a Sprint arrangement is possible.
The Verizon iPhone says “Verizon” rather than “AT&T” in the top corner, of course, and Verizon appears in various settings screens. You can access the wireless hotspot app from the settings menu. It lets you turn on the hotspot with one click and set a WPA password for security.
If you try to surf the Web while you’re making a phone call, you get an error: “cellular data connections are not available during this call.” Surfing works fine during calls if you’re on Wi-Fi. I made a call, and the call sounded clear, although the speakerphone wasn’t very loud.
There was no Verizon bloatware on the phone, and there’s no physical Verizon logo anywhere on the case. But there are subtle physical differences from the AT&T version around the edges. There’s no black line on the top: instead, there are two black antenna lines on each side. There’s also no SIM card slot, of course. The antenna changes might help prevent the “death grip” problem that plagued the original iPhone 4.
Sitting at the demo bar, I managed to knock one bar off of the phone’s signal indicator by tightly gripping the phone with both hands, covering all four antenna marks. Just covering the bottom of the phone didn’t do it. But the demo room has excellent signal, and attenuation problems really show themselves in fringe signal areas. It’ll take a real lab test to see how much Apple has improved the antenna here.
The real differences between the Verizon iPhone and the AT&T iPhone will only reveal themselves with time. Does it drop fewer calls? Do those calls sound clearer? And how about that death grip? We’ll get in a Verizon iPhone as close as possible to its February 10 launch to find out.