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Since the introduction of the first iPhone model, AT&T has largely been blamed for the handset's variable call quality and data reception. Many CNET users, and even my colleagues, have blasted the carrier while largely exonerating Apple. What's more, we about said as much in our iPhone 3GS review.

At the same time, the hopes of many have turned to Verizon Wireless. Though Big Red has yet to announce that it will carry an iPhone, it's become a common assumption that a Verizon iPhone will be better. But I say not so fast. While the reasoning is mostly sound--a strong and often superior Verizon network should offer better performance--it's also somewhat simplistic.

When testing a carrier's network, the only constant is that there is no constant. Not all of the Verizon phones that CNET has tested have been exceptional. Similarly, we've reviewed many AT&T handsets that have surpassed the iPhone both in voice quality and 3G data reception. So I'm somewhat skeptical that a Verizon iPhone will be better simply because it's on Verizon.

We also can't forget that both the strength of the carrier's signal and the handset itself (its antenna and receiver) play a part in signal quality. Though I've had better reception when using the iPhone in Spain and the United Kingdom, it hasn't been that much better. So it's not illogical to suggest that Apple's design may be partly responsible for the performance that the iPhone presents.

Unfortunately, we won't know the success of a Verizon iPhone until the device lands at the carrier. Until that day comes--and I don't think it will until the carrier adopts LTE technology--we're just speculating. A Verizon iPhone may be better, but than again, it may not.

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As far as reception is concerned, I can't argue that an iPhone on Verizon may perform better than on AT&T. But I you would be sacrificing the simultaneous data/voice functionality as well as the world roaming capabilities.
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As far as reception is concerned, I can't argue that an iPhone on Verizon may perform better than on AT&T. But I you would be sacrificing the simultaneous data/voice functionality as well as the world roaming capabilities.
....and that my friend is the beauty of choice!
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....and that my friend is the beauty of choice!
I would love to see Apple go T-Mobile USA>Verizon Wireless LOL!
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News continue to point towards the iPhone appearing on Verizon soon. Should this be the case, how many people do you think will switch from ATT to Verizon?
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