AT&T iPhone vs Verizon iPhone Differences

Feb 16, 2011 - 6 Comments


We showed you that AT&T’s iPhone data transfer speeds are faster than Verizons network in a speed test by a significant margin, but if you aren’t a heavy 3G data user do you care about those benchmarks? What if you’re always on WiFi anyway and you’re more concerned about standard call features like holding and conference calling?

If you find yourself wondering what the practical differences are between a Verizon iPhone and AT&T iPhone, the helpful chart above from Apple aims to answer many of these questions. It’ll show you how to do regular call features like call forwarding on both networks, but also what’s possible with the iPhone on a CDMA (Verizon) network vs GSM (AT&T) network. As you can see, some features just aren’t available on one network or the other, and these are simply limitations with the network, not the iPhone.

Heads up to MacGasm for finding the chart!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone


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  1. John says:

    The only reason I would go to Verizon is that AT&T refuses to supply signal coverage to vast areas of Resort Communities on the Oregon coast. You have to drive inland to Hwy 101 to receive a signal. Now that is Moronic!

  2. Karen Segall says:

    I am a Verizon customer who waited patiently for the Verizon iphone. Only after I bought the Iphone, (for full retail price as I was not eligible for the upgrade price) did I learn that it cannot be used in Spain or France where I plan to travel this year. They even added “international calling” on my phone because their sales reps apparently don’t know this about the iphone. I’m furious. I will wait for my interminable contract to expire and switch to ATT. Verizon is the biggest scam on the planet.

  3. Michael says:

    I just switched from AT&T to Verizon, paid $500 to do so (early termination and $199 iphone) and only after that did Verizon tell me that I cannot add International calling to my account for six months. Six months without being able to make an International call. Not only cannot I not roam outside the US, now I cannot call outside the US. Inexcusable.

  4. chris says:

    The chart’s not accurate, on both sides. For example, *67 blocks Caller ID on the GSM iPhone, always has.

    Jonathon, these CDMA devices are radios, not phones and the devices have limitations. GSM/WCDMA devices have call number limitations that are carrier-dependent; some areas will not allow 5 connections. Most people don’t care…

  5. Jonathan says:

    wait, CDMA only allows TWO people on a conference call? That’s not even a conference call, that’s a normal phone call. And you can’t put people on hold? WHAT?

    And people want a Verizon iPhone WHY exactly? It sounds like they’re crippling the iPhone more than helping it.

    I have AT&T and am fine with them, I’ll stay put and upgrade with IPHONE 5 BABY!

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