We’ve been following the saga of an Apple iPhone for Verizon for almost as long as we can remember and recently gave you a full background article. Recent posts since we heard about the Verizon iPhone event planned for tomorrow, January 11, have included whether a Verizon iPhone would be a disaster for AT&T and also about the Verizon iPhone data plans.
Another phone which is set to see huge success was announced at CES 2011 last week and that is the Motorola Droid Bionic 4G which is also coming to Verizon and will run on the new 4G LTE network which we included in our list of 5 of the best Android smartphones to be announced. Meanwhile a CDMA Verizon iPhone 4 would not be LTE 4G enabled, so the launch of both of these phones are of huge importance.
Will people prefer to get a phone capable of running on the new 4G network or is the draw of the iPhone enough to overcome the challenge, at least until a Verizon iPhone 5 is announced? As for a straight comparison of the specs of the iPhone 4 and the Droid Bionic 4G, you can take a look at an article over on TheiLoop where there is a really useful article comparing the specs of the iPhone 4, the Droid Bionic, the Motorola Atrix 4G and also the Samsung Nexus S.
For now though we want to concentrate on the release importance of the Verizon iPhone and Droid Bionic 4G. Jessica Dolcourt over on Cnet makes a good point by saying that the Droid Bionic due for release in the second quarter of the year is a flagship device for the LTE 4G network and therefore we feel this really needs to be a hit for Verizon to promote the 4G network and its performance. However an iPhone for Verizon will surely be a hit for them in sales too.
The clever part of this is that AT&T has suffered network problems because of the sheer load of its iPhone users so by issuing 4G phones shortly Verizon will take pressure off its 3G network for the iPhone. However as the 4G phones are not coming until the second quarter Verizon has left itself plenty of time to sell lots of the iPhone first. Spencer E. Ante and Yukari Iwatani Kane on The Wall Street Journal note that the launch of the iPhone on Verizon is significant as Verizon has always prided itself on the quality of its network and has built its reputation on it. The Big Red is not so likely to suffer network issues similar to the way AT&T did and if the iPhone launches smoothly it will only make the way the AT&T handled its network problems look even worse.
One thing for sure is that it will certainly be interesting to see how this story develops. Will the iPhone 4 on Verizon be as popular as everybody thinks it will be, or will people be tempted to a 4G network-capable handset? We’d be interested to know if you have plans to purchase either of these phones and what has swayed your decision either way so please do send in your comments to let us know.