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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Verizon iPhone: First impressions

By Washington Post Editors

Rob got his hands on today's most-talked about gadget and shared some initial thoughts with his Twitter followers. Here are some highlights:

Fave reader wiredog says VzW's site lets you pre-order the iPhone in white. PR rep Brenda Rainey assures me that's a mistake.less than a minute ago via web

Yes, you can use the Web over WiFi during a voice call, but 3G data is blocked during calls. #VerizoniPhoneless than a minute ago via web

You can't turn off 3G on a Verizon iPhone, while the AT&T model lets you revert to 2G.less than a minute ago via web

Verizon iPhone took about 25 seconds to load my blog (5 bars of signal). AT&T model, with 3 bars.... timed out after a minute.less than a minute ago via web

Other observations from a demo Vz iPhone: Personal Hotspot, in the Settings app, allows tethering over WiFi, Bluetooth and USB.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Android

By Washington Post Editors  | January 11, 2011; 12:55 PM ET
Categories:  Apple, Mobile  
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Two significant limitations apparently are:

1. It can't be used on Verizon's 4G network.

2. There's no available GSM chip (like the one I have now in my Verizon Wireless BBerry) that would permit roaming in the UK and other GSM countries.

Those strike me as important. Thoughts? Alternatives?

Posted by: Meridian1 | January 11, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

As an AARP member with an iPhone on AT&T, I get a 20% discount on the iPhone plan. $56 per month instead of $70 (plus taxes). Verizon has no similar discount. That will keep me with AT&T.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | January 11, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

We will wait and see. I unloaded my 3GS 32GB and went to Droid because of dropped calls and battery life. We never had trouble with AT&T until the iPhone. I'm not really wild about the Droid - the apps aren't nearly as good or available as the iPhone. But I'm not convinced that AT&T is entirely the problem. I wouldnt be surprised if, in a year or two, Verizon isn't getting the bad press AT&T got - I might go back to the iPhone.

Posted by: mwcob | January 11, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

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