So you’re an iPhone devotee looking to get out of the much-maligned AT&T network and try your luck with the newly released Verizon iPhone plan. Before you do, here’s a summary of what you need to know before making the switch.
If you’re currently under contract with AT&T, it’s going to cost you to terminate early. The standard AT&T termination fee is $325 minus $10 for every completed month of service under the contract. So if you bought a new iPhone 4 when it was released in June, you would have signed a two-year extension as well which would bring your termination fee to $255. But that $255 doesn’t include the (ahem) restocking fee of 10%. That’s just one more little gouge for abandoning AT&T for a rival. This brings your cost of leaving to around $275.
With Verizon’s $35 activation fee, you know you’re going to be down around three bills. But we’ll talk about recouping your losses later. How much are you going to pay for your new Verizon plan?
If you had a grandfathered-in AT&T unlimited plan, there is really no difference in price to the current Verizon unlimited plan. But many iPhone users are on AT&T’s 2GB data plan and no unlimited plan is available. This means for $5 more a month you can get an unlimited data plan for your iPhone with Verizon.
So all this is making sense, but you’re still feeling sore about the roughly $300 you just lost. Not to worry, you can get it back. Verizon will pay you $285 for a 32GB iPhone 4, which covers most of your loss. Another option is selling your old iPhone 4 online. Currently 32GB iPhone 4s are selling for anywhere in the $300-$400 range. Once that mission is accomplished, you can get down to business with your new Verizon iPhone
Is the Verizon iPhone 4 the same as AT&T’s
No, they aren’t exactly the same. The Verizon iPhone 4 has some minor tweaks you should know about. While they are virtually the same device, the Verizon version had to be modified slightly to integrate with its network.
Firstly, the Verizon iPhone version has four break points in its antenna as opposed to AT&T’s three. This is purported to give the Verizon version better reception. That should be a welcome addition to long-suffering AT&T customers complaining of dropped calls and few reception bars in urban areas.
Next the volume and mute buttons on the Verizon model have been moved down slightly. This means that your old iPhone case might not work so well with your Verizon model. iPhone accessory manufacturers are no doubt in a hurry to remedy this problem for you, so be on the lookout for Verizon iPhone cases, or simply get a holster case that doesn’t form fit the iPhone controls.
The Verizon version also has a completely redesigned vibration motor. This makes it quieter and softer when in vibration mode and makes a less irritating sound when left on a desk or table. The Verizon iPhone battery is also the same capacity as the AT&T iPhone, but weighs 1.3 grams less, making the Verizon model slightly lighter.
The only drawback for the Verizon iPhone is that you can’t use data and voice simultaneously. This is important to note if you like to surf the web while talking, but otherwise it won’t matter.
So good luck in your quest for a better iPhone plan. Let us know how it’s going. Leave a comment below.