Rumors have been swirling for months that Apple (Stock Quote: AAPL) would partner with Verizon (Stock Quote: VZ) to release an iPhone on its network. Last week, those rumors were all but verified, with both the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reporting that a Verizon iPhone will come out early next year.
According to both papers, Apple will release another version of the iPhone 4 that will be compatible with Verizon’s wireless network, in addition to releasing a newer model later in the year. Yet previous reports had found that AT&T (Stock Quote: T) had inked a five-year exclusivity deal for the iPhone that would last until 2012.
Part of the reason Apple may be considering a move to expand to a new wireless network prior to the end of the contract is the increased competition the iPhone now faces from Android phones. During the past year, the iPhone’s share of the mobile web market has dropped by 11%, while the Android’s has shot up by 19%. Other reports have found that the two mobile operating systems will be tied for market share by the end of next year, which is bad news for Apple.
A Verizon iPhone may prove an irresistible buy for many who are attracted by the features of the iPhone, but wary of dealing with the shoddy service that many complain about with AT&T.
Yet for all the negative press surrounding the iPhone on AT&T’s network, the truth is that a Verizon iPhone may still have a fair amount of drawbacks.
1. No Multitasking
For one thing, the Wall Street Journal is already reporting that the Verizon iPhone would have a major shortcoming. At the moment, Verizon does not allow mobile phone users to e-mail or browse the Web while talking on their phone. However, this kind of multitasking is standard on AT&T’s iPhone and would likely be sorely missed.