BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The iPhone is now available to Verizon customers.

The nation’s largest wireless carrier began selling Apple’s popular phone in its stores Thursday.

Sales were brisk at the Downtown Crossing location by midday.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports


So who’s offering a better deal – Verizon or AT&T?

It depends.

Verizon’s offering an unlimited data plan and there’s a buyback program for your old phone.

Some of AT&T’s plans cost less overall, but they charge for the amount of data you use.


So how is Verizon’s iPhone different than AT&T’s?

“One thing you can’t do on Verizon’s network is use your phone and use the data part of your phone, browse the web, at the same time you make a phone call. You can do that on AT&T’s network. That’s a big difference between the two carriers,” Carl Howe of the Yankee Group told WBZ-TV last month.

Another big difference is if you travel overseas.

Howe says, “If I go to Europe and bring my Verizon iPhone, it’s not going to work. I need a different phone in Europe. AT&T’s iPhone works fine in Europe. If you travel a lot, you may want to think about using AT&T.”

Verizon has wider domestic network coverage than AT&T does, particularly for the older “3G” wireless broadband.

Spokeswoman Karen Smith says the company plans to match that coverage with its faster “4G” network by the end of 2013.

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Comments (3)
  1. Ryan says:

    What’s the difference? How about much better phone reception andnot to mention much faster data/ web surfing speed. Verizon has AT&T beat and it’s about time the iphone has made it to a smarter/much better network.

  2. Tracy says:

    AT&T works fine in the Boston area. Plus, AT&T’s 3G data network is faster than Verizon’s.

  3. Rick says:

    Agree with Tracy.. Those who think Verizon has a faster network than AT&T are misinformed. The most recent reviews all show AT&T is much faster than Verizon…

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