After many years, months, and days of hardcore speculation, the details about America’s worst kept secret are at last out of the bag. Underwhelming as it was, today’s Verizon press event functioned like more of a low key gathering when compared to the Steve Jobs driven spectacles that Apple puts on.

The differences between the two companies press unveilings aptly foreshadowed how underwhelmed I came away feeling when the event was all said and done.

Granted, I understand that this wasn’t your typical Apple announcement and Verizon never perpetuated that it was. Still, I can’t help but feel like I got a small fry when I specifically asked for a large…

As a semi-disgruntled AT&T user, I relished the thought of another carrier swooping in and offering some stiff competition; maybe even a full on onslaught led by faster network capabilities. Instead all we were left with was the same product that we’ve been using for the last six months.

Oddly enough, Verizon’s offering is the inferior offering when it comes to network capabilities. Being that it is completely CDMA based, there will be no simultaneous data and voice usage, a fact that AT&T has already tee’d off on, and will most certainly focus on even more, now that Verizon has stepped into its territory.

On a good note, it’s likely that the subtle design changes of Verizon’s iPhone 4 will remedy the antenna issues suffered by the original iPhone 4; that should be comforting to the small percentage of you who actually suffer real world issues from the antenna.

For the rest of us, though, the Verizon iPhone is the envy of no one. It can’t do simultaneous data and voice; its hot-spot feature is cool, but there’s no word on whether it will cost extra. Basically, it’s the same old tech that we AT&T users have been enjoying for quite some time now.

All in all, there’s absolutely no reason for current iPhone users to envy Verizon’s offering. It’s the same old thing, with slightly reduced network capabilities.

What do you think?

  • StanTheMan

    A WiFi hotspot is nothing to be envious of when we have MyWi

  • StanTheMan

    Check & Mate.

  • I do not envy the hotspot. I envy Verizon’s superior coverage and the ubiquitous use of Verizon for free mobile to mobile.

  • The only positive thing I can think of, are those At&T users who drop calls.. although this has never been a problem for me personally, I live in an area with great coverage

    • I do drop more calls than when I used Verizon but not much.

  • brand0n

    well some of us have no reason to envy the verizon iphone. but people like myself who live in rural areas without 3g coverage.. simultaneous data and voice doesn’t exist here anyways. just at&t’s same shotty coverage. i welcome the new verizon iphone.

  • Jason masters

    The Verizon iPhone 4 is CDMA and gsm why is everyone not getting that ? You can unlock it and use with att and or Tmobile or whoever you choose! It is not COMPLETELY CDMA

    • You are incorrect.

      • Jason masters

        If so then prove it because I know otherwise.

    • I don’t have proof. I would assume because they didn’t mention it as a gsm and cdma phone. If you ‘know otherwise’, I’d urge you to prove yourself.

    • Eric

      There is no GSM on this verizon iphone. It does not have a SIM CARD slot at all. It is completely CDMA. Get over it. and F U verizon, i hate you.

      • Jason masters

        Well see in February then whose right I guess huh?? But you can clearly see the schematics show a sim slot bot from the leaks and the patented design

    • Eric

      100% wrong. Wow. It should be illegal to make stuff up and print lies.

      • Eff Yoo Jason Masters

        @Jason masters. Learn your shit. Something as important as that would not have gone unannounced. Fucking idiot. Plus they expressly said the Verizon iPhone will only work on CDMA. This isn’t fucking Christmas. Fortune 500 companies don’t release a new product and spontaneously add unannounced features. Something as significant as that, which could drive up sales, would certainly be acknowledged. The only thing we will see in February is your disappointment, fucking know it all dip shit.

      • Jason masters

        They change things all the time but if you are so hurt then how about you go and buy one then you can really show me you guys are serious turds taking so much shit to heart you would think you invented the iPhone yet your here getting the last word to prove how right you are I’m happy now write a long blog about it oh wait you don’t write for idb

    • MrA

      Maybe iPhone 5 this summer, but no you’re wrong about the Verizon iPhone 4.

  • JDI

    So, if ATT no longer has an exclusive to the iphone, why doesnt Apple just start cranking out unlocked iphones that can be used with any provider?

    I know this is a welcome break for the Verzion users that want an iphone… But they are gonna be pissed when the new iphone comes out in the summer and they can’t upgrade without giving up their first born. Apple is fixed to make another killing.

  • Ryan

    I use MyWi so that point is gone. I use simultaneous data and voice every day and download large attachments quite often which the slower Verizon would make harder. My only regret is continues crappy service at sporting events or Las Vegas.

  • Eric
  • Eric

    @jason oh and how do you know you can just “unlock” it? Have you been keeping up with the unlocking and jailbreaking scene? 4.2.1 is rediculous to unlock and jailbreaking is still in Beta for an untethered jailbreak. Not only is there not a GSM sim card slot on this Verizon iPhone but you make it seem like unlocking is something that can just be done by the click of a button. Good luck with that.

  • Eric

    We will see as soon as Sebastien approves my link that i posted above. The video on Engadgets website ciearly says and shows that there is no Sim card slot. So we wont have to wait till the release date.

    • Jason masters

      That’s a demo phone prototype not the finished product watch in February you’ll see a magical little sim slot apeear

      • lol… what a douche.

  • Eric

    ya well hopefully, either way I am not switching to Verizon. That is one sexy ass phone tho, i am holding out till the iPhone 5 personally. And the iPad 2.

  • Chill843

    I said before, but here goes… (deep breath). I’m just waiting for all these peons to jump ship and make things easier for existing customers. My service with AT&T has been great once we got 3G in the hood. I have 2 iphone 4′s with unlimited data, text, and voice calls. And i pay under $200 a month. Both jailbroken. It would be a huge step backwards for me to move to big red. Besides, when I did have a Verison phone years ago, my bills always fluctuated every month getting higher and higher. If I wanted things to get that high I would have started smoking crack!!! Lol

  • Jason masters

    Lmao iPhone 5 another mythical beast there is no iPhone 5 coming at all iPad 2 is for sure but iPhone 5 cmon stop being so gullible and if there is an iPhone 5 what will be the huge differences? And where is the proof for that and thanks for the comments I’m keeping this blog alive lol

    • Chill843

      Yeah yeah, I’d sooner buy one of those fake Luis V camera, cell phone Blutooth belts for untold amounts of money. And we all know the effects cell phone radiation has on our junk. Right fellas?!? Lol ( I said junk…)

    • Prometheus

      AT THIS TIME there is no proof that Apple will release the iPhone 5. Congratulations on stating the obvious. Everyone is grateful for your superhuman powers of observation.

      In the past, Apple has announced the release of the next iPhone around June. Since we are in January I have further validated your statement. Unfortunately, this is based upon time and come June, we will see if you will be remembered as an idiot, or a psychic.

      In previous years, we have seen no proof of the next generation iPhone or it’s specs in January, with many good reasons. One reason is that proof of the next iPhone would hurt current iPhone sales. So, my advice to you, my low brow, knuckle dragging, and ignorant fellow responder, is that you stop talking down to the rest of us, quit your pretentious attitude and be helpful and polite, because your comments don’t serve you or this wonderful website well.

      P.S. Any proof of the iPad 2? Any proof there won’t be an iPhone 5? If so, we welcome meaningful dialogue.

    • josh

      dude are you fucking retarded? yes, there will be an iphone 5. apple may stop producing them, but there not stopping anytime soon. they get too much of a profit to just drop it. and now that they also have verizon, sales will get even higher.

  • Jason masters

    Lol wow that was winded I guess sarcasm isn’t meaningful anymore huh? All I say is long live free speech and the dialogue is great here and I have helped and spoke on plenty of subjects I was having fun today till everyone started getting so serious from now on I’ll be like the rest of the masses like you well spoken to the point and all about facts and make sure I prove my point and be heard because it is of vital importance that I be heard on whether or not there is an iPhone 5 and whether the Verizon iPhone has a sim slot its extremely urgent and must be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt because the blog readers deserve the facts and dammnit they will get them

    • Prometheus

      Mr Masters,

      You are correct. It was winded. Shall I respond with the same comment directed at you and your run-on sentence and abysmal grammar?!!

      What is free speech? If you mean “Freedom of Speech”, or “Freedom of Expression”, then I concur with you. This gives you the freedom to say whatever you wish, but there are exclusions, such as “hate speech”, pornography, and other similar topics.

      I recognize your right, and if I don’t appreciate your pretentious and dismissive tone then I also have the same right, using the same tone you used. A suggestion: treat others the same way you wish to be treated.

  • Jason masters

    Lol I don’t usually proofread or edit simple comments and I think you took my words as pretentious incorrectly it’s sarcastic but that’s all and I simply was having fun because it’s too easy to get your dander up if these petty comments get you this obsessed I wonder what other topics rile you up I’ll bet your fun at parties either way I have yet to add a period so I’ll just end it here and in the future don’t take yourself or your cause too seriously it’s just an iPhone blog your not saving the world here now who’s pretentious ? In conclusion I love idb it’s the best blog out here and I love all the people who comment because it’s both edifying and humorous which is important in this world of people who can’t take jokes and are serious as cspan so shalom

  • Chill843

    Wow, that’s really sad…
    You guys are AWSOME!!!!! Lol

  • Jason masters

    Now let’s all continue to comment I might actually get the vphone it might be worth it

  • iPads

    I still have the 3gs version. I was just wondering how you guys worked around the antenna issue for AT&T. I am now deciding which ship to jump into.
    Btw, I would welcome an iP5 this summer, but won’t waste my time waiting for that and get disappointed by then. I would rather enjoy things now and not worry too much on what may happen, unless that wait is like a week away 🙂

  • Eric

    @jason sarcasm? “Lmao iPhone 5 another mythical beast there is no iPhone 5 coming at all iPad 2 is for sure but iPhone 5 cmon stop being so gullible and if there is an iPhone 5 what will be the huge differences? And where is the proof for that and thanks for the comments I’m keeping this blog alive lol”

    Gullible? Are you serious? the iPad 2 is a sure thing? But the iphone 5 (or whatever they call the next gen iPhone) is not gonna happen? You sir are an idiot if you believe the iPhone 4 was the last model of iPhones that Apple will ever make. That said there is nothing saying there is an iPad 2 for sure comming out, so what makes you think that it will be released and the iphone 5 wont? Maybe the fact that apple refreshes their products the same time of the year like clock work? Get a life you troll.

    • Jason masters

      Are we done or do you just want to get the last word it was fun at first now your just starting to sound like. A whiny little bitch. Duh everyone knows apple releases new phones like a clothing line you fucking moron I was being facetious you dickhead now can we get back to blogging about cool tech shit instead of you ranting like a fucking Lil baby

  • Eric

    @jason, wow i am done talking to your because of your foul mouth and limited vocabulary.

    • Jason masters

      Good now shut up finally you Lil baby go get your pacifier and take your nap

      • Zabuza

        Dude, Jason: SHUT YOUR MOUTH! God, Sebastien, I wish you would remove this ignoramus. You have no freedom of speech on a privately owned blog, so quit ranting about it. Your comments are ill-founded, ill-conceived, and even contradictory. Now you’ve degenerated into name calling. Just. Go. Away.

      • Eric

        wow. as stated before. immature troll. Back on subject…..

      • President of Immature Trolls Association

        Eric,

        Excuse me, but we at ITA (Immature Trolls Association) ask that you kindly stop calling this person an immature troll. You really insult us and not him. An immature troll is several steps forward on the evolutionary scale.

        Might I suggest a “deep fried rice shmuck”? Or a “blue waffle twat”? Or the smegma of a hog?

  • Jason masters

    Wow seriously are you done yet or still trying to get the last words it’s been over why are you still ranting now you’ve got a friend to join in just drop it you can’t complain about me then try to insult me and get the last word and then blame me it’s over done finished drop it

  • Eric

    Your the one that keeps talking and obviously wanting the last word. insulting you? your bout as useful as a HEMROID.

  • Jason masters

    Yet your still here ranting and crying can’t just walk away huh? Whose immature now? I know you’ve got more to say so get it out of your system now cmon continue the rant.

    • Prometheus

      I walked away (for a time) from your ignorant comments, doing my best to give you the benefit of the doubt, yet I see you continue to make an ass of yourself and this website.

      You accuse others of the same thing you commit yourself, yet you continue to provoke others and laying blame with them without taking responsibilty for your own actions.

      Why not take your own advice and kindly stop responding? Be the better man and do us all the pleasure of moving on from here. Please!??? Pretty please!????

  • Jason masters

    Lol your a funny girl!

    • Prometheus

      You have a way with words and your run-on sentences, your ignorance for grammar, and obnoxious disregard for proper punctuation. Not to mention your lack of respect for other people in this thread and your condescending attitude, regardless of your claims of sarcasm.

      Sir, you appear to enjoy pushing people’s buttons and feeding off their discontent, then perpetuating this. I can feel everyone’s IQ dropping, point after point, with each comment you add.

      I enjoy educational and worthwhile discussion as the next, but you fail to engage in any of the sort with your put downs, name calling, and negative comments.

      For the sake of the site, move on. Don’t lower us to your intellectual depths and all who come here for information.

      You have seen other people’s reactions to your comments, yet you continue to poke the sleeping lions. Are you that eager to be eaten by them?! Don’t you know when it’s time to move on?!! Your efforts would be better suited towards criminals, fires, and injustice (to name a few). I’d stay away from children, adults, the elderly, the mentally ill, or animals. You see, you have a habit of getting under people’s skin and they can all fight back.

  • Jason masters

    Again wasting your time and breath but go on tough guy. You keep the blog alive with your rhetoric it’s slightly amusing..

  • iPads

    What about getting our eyes back on the ball? Looks like iPhone 5 is more promising to be released, with the Home button getting removed and the multi-touch gesture design. Oh well, I do hope it’s coming out sooner 🙂

  • Jason masters

    I wonder if the gestures will be more difficult or easier?

  • WyKeD

    @Jason Masters ….. you sir are truly the definition of “AssClown” …. now, please, STFU with your “know it all” attitude …… ESPECIALLY when you “don’t know SHIT” …. have a nice day, & thanks for playing!!!

    but on another note ….. this iPhone should have the capability of being unlocked, or “flashed” in typical CDMA terms ….. this means you may be able to use them with Sprint, Metro PCS…… maybe others

    • Jason masters

      Please at least I still use the same name not making up fake names just to flame people your a child a silly Lil girl who no one cares about so go on make up twenty different names I don’t care your still a hack and afraid to use your real name cuz your a bitch so keep us entertained you Lil bitch your halfway amusing

      • Eric

        Who are you referring to ? I dont think anybody is changing their name (not like you did above with the Eric,

        Excuse me, but we at ITA (Immature Trolls Association) ask that you kindly stop calling this person an immature troll. You really insult us and not him. An immature troll is several steps forward on the evolutionary scale.

        Might I suggest a “deep fried rice shmuck”? Or a “blue waffle twat”? Or the smegma of a hog?

        COMMENT) Anyways maybe there are just that many people out there that actually think your an idiot. Thats what i think.

  • @Jason Masters ….. you sir are truly the definition of “AssClown” …. now, please, STFU with your “know it all” attitude …… ESPECIALLY when you “don’t know SHIT” …. have a nice day, & thanks for playing!!!

    but on another note ….. this iPhone should have the capability of being unlocked, or “flashed” in typical CDMA terms ….. this means you may be able to use them with Sprint, Metro PCS…… maybe others

  • Eddward

    I’ve always been a loyal apple product user. It’s a wonder why apple did not market their product I phone sooner to other carriers. I love the function and ease of use of my I phone. I will be switching to my old carrier verizon as the area I live in I deal with excessive dropped calls. All in all both carriers will have pros and cons.

  • Jason masters

    The very fact you responded shows who you are a Lil whiny bitch that wants the last word and has to use fake names because well because your a pussy so ill tell you what I’ll let you be a Lil annoying bitch and get the last word go ahead you can have the last word you Lil nagging ass bitch

  • Eric

    I’m sorry I got out of hand please everyone forgive me I forgot to take my meds and have been having real bad manic episodes I truly am sorry jason and Sebastian for hijacking your page with my my useless and rude comments it won’t happen again I’m deeply sorry…

    • Eddward

      Lol. No worries bro. I’m bi polar myself. He’ll, I function faster when manic.

  • Jason masters

    Dude it’s cool I forgive you and totally understand man it’s all good!

  • Eric

    WOW @ jason you got nothing better to do? i did not write that post above. Jason is a retard!

  • Eric

    I am so fucking done with this BLOG Sebastien you should make it so we have to have an account to POST so people like JASON MASTERS dont make fake posts all the fucking time. i got better things to do right now than respond like watch the SEACHICKENS lose to the BEARS! Ciao!

  • Jason masters

    I’m watching bears too and I didn’t post any response but my own man you are one trippy dude man you need help bad I dont even know where to begin with you peace out man whoever you really are!

  • Eric

    your a fucking dumbass jason masters. Go to hell your the one thats bi polar. idiot.

    • Jason masters

      Lol I thought you were so done with this blog? Hmmm forgot your meds again? Listen get help seriously before it’s too late Eric or waked or whatever your name is dude if your bipolar it’s fine I have a bipolar cousin she’s just like you but at least she takes her meds and realizes her problem I hope u will too peace bro and take care…..

  • ebony

    i kinda dont want an ipone now that verizon has it

  • You Are Wrong

    Got my verizon iphone, no sim slot. Opened it up and theres a spacer in there, no electronics.