After one week with the VZ iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pshifrin, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. pshifrin macrumors 6502

    pshifrin

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    I have had every AT&T iPhone model from original through 4. Switched to VZ because I sold the 4 on gazelle for $410 plus 15% bonus code (switching costs a wash). Live in the NYC metro area. AT&T was perfect exactly where I lived but had the usual complaints while travelling around. I travel upstate often where VZ has a big coverage advantage.

    Here's the quick summary: Consistency. The VZ iPhone is consistently reliable. Not a single dropped call. Yes data is "technically" slower on speed tests (i've seen over 2mb down on VZ in places I saw 3 on AT&T but really, no real world difference). Even on 1x data still works where as on edge hardly at all. The phone works deep into buildings where AT&T would be questionable. I'm very happy.
     
  2. dumb terminal, Feb 17, 2011
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    I've had about the same experience in Midtown Manhattan, absolutely no problems so far (and keep in mind at work, I'm 60 floors up in a skyscraper of concrete and steel, so signals can sometimes be spotty at best.)

    I ran a speed test, and got about 1.3 down in Manhattan, around 2 in Brooklyn (Prospect Park area). It's certainly not the fastest data out there, but for what it is, it's definitely useable for browsing or watching Youtube.
     
  3. MichXP macrumors newbie

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    The VZ iPhone would be my first iPhone, and I honestly have no complaints. Battery life is great, I always have 4-5 bars, and I'm totally addicted to the apps. Whenever a wifi connection isn't available, I'm completely satisfied with the data speeds. I've also read that a 4G capable iPhone will place a few Verizon doubters with their foot in their mouths, with unbeatable data speeds + dual talk/data support.
     
  4. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    I'm very happy with the phone. To people considering buying or returning keep this in mind - first few days battery will suck. I was at 7-8% within 6-7 hours of normal use. Now I'm usually left with over 50% by the time I get home from work... same amount of usage.
     
  5. Ars Diaboli macrumors member

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    I'm in south rural Georgia and I switched from AT&T to VZ. I haven't looked back. In fact, my data speeds are FASTER!!!! The problem with AT&T here is coverage. They are in the cities and on the interstates, but no where else. I can actually make a phone call from my home without having to walk outside the house to get questionable coverage.

    I think it was a big win for customers. Choice is always good.
     
  6. patp Guest

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    Did you do anything special with the battery? Any conditioning (draining battery all the way down etc)

    I'm real happy with my iPhone on Verizon. The data speeds are livable. The phone itself is great, fast, everything works like it should.
     
  7. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    No I didn't do anything with the battery. Just normal use and after about 3-4 days of usage I noticed a huge change in battery life. Haven't changed any settings or anything either. Lot of people mentioned this with ATT iPhone last yr as well - it doesn't make sense but it seems battery takes a couple days to fully warm up.
     
  8. Eric374 macrumors 6502

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    I'd suggest conditioning the battery first and see if that helps.
     
  9. tsolt macrumors regular

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    Good to hear! I thought this thread was going to be a ranting session but I was wrong
     
  10. tipopilota macrumors member

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    I am enjoying the phone a lot. I moved from the droid x to the iphone and the internet coverage is a lot better then the x. I stream pandora all day and the x would cut in and out throughout the day at work, but w/ the iphone it works flawlessly. I am glad I made the switch.
     
  11. Vihzel macrumors 6502

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    I really am enjoying my iPhone 4 also. Now I'm learning Jailbreak stuff.
     
  12. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    I waited 4 years to puchase my first iPhone because I've been loyal to Verizon customer for about 15 years. It was definitely worth the wait. I replaced a discusting blackberry pearl that was practically unusable.

    I agree with the previously posted discussionsnabout the battery. Day 1-4 were not very promising but now I get a couple days of use between charges.
     
  13. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a

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    I had an iPhone 4 on AT&T and GLADLY switched to Verizon last week. I don't care it's an 8 month old phone. IT WORKS.

    No complaints.
     
  14. pratt733 macrumors newbie

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    Anyone having GPS problems? Every GPS app I use loses signal constantly.
     
  15. patp Guest

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    The stock Maps app works great for me. It locks into a gps signal and doesn't seem to lose it.
     
  16. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020

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    Glad the ViPhone works for you OP!

    Hopefully more people follow your lead and start making the switch pronto!

    The more people switch, the better for me :D
     
  17. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    There definitely seems to be a bug in the baseband or the driver for the new chip. That isn't signal loss that seems to be happening, it seems to be either junk data getting reported, or communication issues between the CPU and baseband.

    The signal strength on the Verizon model for GPS seems to be just as strong as with the AT&T model, and just as accurate. Areas with multipath issues on the 3G/3GS are no problem for either iPhone 4 model. But there does seem to be an intermittent issue with data not getting reported correctly up through the OS to apps that causes them to act like there is no lock (because from their perspective, there isn't a lock).

    I wish I knew if this was an already known bug by Apple, and how it got missed in the first place, or if it was simply deemed low priority enough to not prevent the VZ iPhone from shipping.

    That all said, it hasn't caused me to miss any turns yet with TomTom, so I'm living with it for now. The "Connect to GPS" bug in TomTom is actually more annoying, IMO. But I can certainly see how it'd get old, or if it caused missed turns it'd be a priority.
     
  18. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a

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    TomTom released an update this morning that fixes this problem.
     
  19. cprevost macrumors newbie

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    Well, I love the iphone so far. One thing I've experienced is about 5 dropped calls so far. That's 5 more than I had with my old Motorola Razr on the same network in about a 5 year time frame. The antenna does seem to be a weak spot on these....
     
  20. ulbador macrumors 68000

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    I love TomTom updates. 2 gig and lots of waiting!
     
  21. FSUSem1noles macrumors 68000

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    Don't believe every you read and only believe half of what you see...
     
  22. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah. It took over 30 minutes to update that app on my phone.
     
  23. Big D 51 macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. I am really happy about the change. I have had multiple 20 minutes conversations which was impossible before. Also, phone works in many places around my home with 3 bars that before I didn't have any bars.
     
  24. elan123 macrumors 6502

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    beat advice
     
  25. Stinkypalm macrumors member

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    Nothing but positives for the change for me too!. Went to Fry's today and with ATT I could not get data to check prices on Amazon or make a call. Today both were steady!!! I"m one happy guy:D
     

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