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Wednesday
Jan122011

Verizon iPhone: Should You Think Twice Before Buying?

Photo Courtesy - Verizon Wireless(NEW YORK) -- Verizon customers may have rejoiced when their cell phone carrier announced on Tuesday after months of speculation that it will start selling Apple's iPhone 4 in February, but some in the tech industry think consumers might want to wait a little bit more.

In a highly anticipated press event in New York, Verizon Wireless said it would begin selling the iPhone 4 on Feb. 10, ending AT&T's nearly three-year exclusive hold on the popular device.

Given longtime complaints about dropped calls and performance issues with AT&T's network, the announcement delighted both iPhone hopefuls and current owners.

But though Verizon's move means customers finally have the freedom to choose a new network, tech insiders suggest caution might be in order.

Tech blog Gizmodo, Business Insider, PCMag and others said consumers shouldn't snap up the carrier's iPhone -- yet.

"If this phone does what you want it to do, then buy it because there will always be something better coming out six months from now," said Sascha Segan, lead analyst for PCMag Mobile. "One thing you should think about, though, is that there are other great smartphones on Verizon that do things the iPhone doesn't do."

And if Apple loyalists want to get their hands on the company's latest and greatest, they may have to wait longer if they want it on Verizon's network.

Apple traditionally introduces a new iPhone each June, but Segan said the Verizon partnership may change things up.

"There is a possibility that Verizon may be set off by the AT&T iPhone by six months," he said, meaning that while AT&T customers could get an iPhone 5 in June, the newest version wouldn't reach Verizon customers until January 2012. "I'm not saying I know, but this is a plausible theory."

Segan also emphasized that while the iPhone is a solid smartphone option, there are several Android options that offer alluring features.

"The iPhone is a really good phone, but it's not the end of the decision process," Segan said.

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