Should AT&T iPhone 4 Users Switch to Verizon’s iPhone 4? Maybe Not

Apple and Verizon provided a number of reviewers an early look a the CDMA iPhone 4 that is now available for pre-order from Verizon. Macrumors rounded up a number of these early reviews.

Early Verizon iPhone Reviews: Better Reception, Slower Data

The consensus opinion from Macworld, TechCrunch, All Things Digital, and Engadget is: More or less the same as the GSM iPhone on AT&T with:

– Better voice call experience
– Slower download data speed than AT&T but faster upload speed
– Mobile WiFi Hotspot feature

I should note that where I live, I see the opposite in download speed comparison: Verizon provides faster 3G download speeds than AT&T in Honolulu based on various informal tests I’ve conducted.

USA Today’s Edward Baig offers the following advice after conducting his tests of the CDMA iPhone: Whatever pent-up demand there is for the Verizon iPhone, I wouldn’t advise AT&T iPhone owners to bail immediately (if at all), unless your coverage is untenable and unless you’re willing to fork over an early-termination fee of $325, less $10 for every month that you are into your two-year contract.

Verizon iPhone 4 vs. AT&T iPhone 4

Here’s one other item to consider: If Apple releases a new iPhone this summer, as they have every summer since 2007, will you be able to upgrade on Verizon at the subsidized price?