Some of the cases already on the market for the iPhone 4 on AT&T will fit the Verizon iPhone 4 and some will not. It depends on how the cases are designed around the buttons on the wide of the device. AG Findings has announced that it has new cases coming for the Verizon iPhone that will fit with no issues.
A leaked document from an internal Best Buy training manual may put the national retailer in some hot water, if it turns out to be true in any capacity. According to GearLive, who managed to get a snapshot of the internal document, it looks like Best Buy will be not only shying away from the Verizon iPhone 4, but going as far as to not recommend it to would-be customers.
Apple just can't catch a break from Consumer Reports; the buyers advice magazine still won't recommend the original iPhone 4 because of the antenna issue, and is now advising would-be Verizon iPhone 4 buyers to consider holding off lest they be stuck with a "short-lived" device. According to CR, the iPhone 4 is now starting to "show its age" and will soon be replaced by a new model mid-year.
Case-mate has been offering cases for the iPhone 4 on AT&T since the smartphone launched. That doesn't mean that the company isn't taking advantage of the newly announced Verizon iPhone 4 though with a grab specifically for those looking to get the Apple smartphone on the Verizon network.
Now that the device is real, and we've managed to get some hands-on time with it, we were curious to see if Verizon's and Apple's claims that the only-slightly altered antenna version for the CDMA-based variant of the iPhone 4 (in the United States) wouldn't suffer from the same problems as its GSM cousin were true. We took the device in our hand, and we began to put our hand, and fingers, in all of the spots that the antenna usually suffered from. We managed to get some interesting results.
Apple has moved the Verizon iPhone 4's ringer mute switch and volume controls around, and that means new cases, and thanks to XGear we've been able to give the first Verizon iPhone 4 case a test run. Lining up perfectly with the shifted controls, the case is so new it doesn't have a name or a model number yet, but we were still able to slap it on the new CDMA iPhone 4 to see how it fits.
We've already compared the original AT&T iPhone 4 to the newly announced Verizon iPhone 4, but that's not the whole story. If you'll recall, Verizon had a press conference last week during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where the wireless carrier unveiled a plethora of new devices. Two of the bigger names were from HTC and Motorola, which unveiled the ThunderBolt and Bionic, respectively. But, how do they compare to the iPhone 4?
According to Verizon the physical changes between their new CDMA iPhone 4 and the original AT&T iPhone 4 basically amount to the new CDMA radio. However, we've spotted another potential headache for those looking to switch between the AT&T handset and the new Verizon version: the ringer mute switch and volume buttons have been moved, meaning AT&T iPhone 4 bumpers won't fit on the Verizon handset.
Now that the iPhone 4 has been officially announced for Verizon's network, many potential customers are going to be asking an obvious question: what's different? While all of the details regarding the phone are still a mystery, more or less, we do know that, for the most part, the iPhone 4 on Verizon is pretty much the same exact phone that's currently available, and has been available on AT&T's network for some time now. However, there are some changes, so let's go ahead and run through them.
The first question the folks at the Verizon event were asked was of course: Why no LTE? The answer - change in design. Tim's* answer is that the first gen LTE chips forced some design compromises that Apple refused to make. [This is similar to Sony Ericsson not wanting to put HSPA+ in the ARC due to design changes.] They note that this project was more about timing and waiting for LTE integration in the iPhone would have delayed it. Our Verizon rep here says that this is the right time for Verizon customers. They note that this is non-exclusive CDMA - and note - the iPhone doesn't appear to say Verizon in the status bar.