Can iPhone 3G be setup with Verizon?

mmaughon

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Can this phone be set up on Verizon service . If so what is the downside
 

dturner

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The iPhone only works with a sim card. Verizon done not.
Two different networks.
 

impaler

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Can this phone be set up on Verizon service . If so what is the downside
No. iPhone is a GSM phone, Verizon is a CDMA network--the two are completely incompatible. As dturner also stated, iPhones use SIMs, whereas CDMA networks use ESN numbers to control usage. GSM networks include AT&T and T-Mobile. CDMA includes Sprint, Verizon, Alltel. Outside the US and Canada, you're pretty much all GSM. People have opinions regarding which technology is better--and as with all other things, there are tradeoffs to both.
 

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According to reports when the v1 iPhone was released, there's a (practically unbreakable) 5 year AT&T exclusive contract for the iPhone. A CDMA one might take a while.
 

BigCiX

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the iPhone has so much potential that I thought AT&T(hoping one day it will go verizon) was holding it back. It's not AT&T but Steve Jobs. He is what Castro is to Cuba. Doesn't want something to get better. If he wants there can be an mms update. A video recording app and much more.
 

impaler

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the iPhone has so much potential that I thought AT&T(hoping one day it will go verizon) was holding it back. It's not AT&T but Steve Jobs. He is what Castro is to Cuba. Doesn't want something to get better. If he wants there can be an mms update. A video recording app and much more.
I disagree that Jobs is sitting there going, "How can we keep this product mediocre?" His high standards have nearly always warranted high quality (MobileMe being a blinding recent exception). There are many things that are preventing iPhone from going CDMA--for one, they wanted to have the best international success--and CDMA will never get you international standard success. GSM made the best businesss sense. Another thing to keep in mind, is that Qualcomm owns the CDMA technology, and it's more expensive for Apple to release a phone with a CDMA chip in it. Not to mention it also depends if carriers are willing to subsidize the very expensive phone (retail is $600).