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Verizon iPhone Now On Sale – What’s The Difference?

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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

BETTER DEAL?

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.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT?

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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