Verizon Wireless iPhone 4 vs. Android: It’s Time For Action

By Jamie Pert - Oct 7, 2010

Android’s growth this year has been nothing short of phenomenal, however Apple may have one trick up their sleeve, which could perhaps stop the Android onslaught, this is the Verizon Wireless iPhone 4.

At the moment we have not heard any official confirmation of this rumored device, however over the last year or so it has been clear that an iPhone 4 on Verizon’s CDMA network is what U.S. consumers really want.

It would be fair to say that a lot of Android’s growth this year has been thanks to Verizon offering some of the best Android smartphones out there, these include the Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid 2, Motorola Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible and Samsung Facinate (aka the Galaxy S), I’m sure if Verizon did not offer these iPhone competitors Android’s market share would be significantly lower, that said it works both ways, because if Verizon didn’t have these Android devices to offer I’m sure a lot of customers would have looked for smartphones from alternative carriers.

Many suspect that a Verizon Wireless iPhone 4 could perhaps be the best way for Apple to attack Android’s rise in dominance, let’s face it there are plenty of people out there who are unhappy with AT&T’s network, but are too fond of the iPhone 4 to switch to Verizon, if Apple were to give customers the best of both worlds I am sure that this would have a serious affect on Android’s market share.

Even if a Verizon iPhone 4 resulted in 20% less people choosing a device such as the Droid X or Droid 2 it would have a huge effect, obviously other carriers have helped Android grow, but it is clear to see that Verizon’s Android offerings have really made the difference.

In my opinion if Apple could/would have released a Verizon iPhone in early 2010 the current market share would have been a lot different, perhaps this missed opportunity could really be a huge regret for Apple over the next few years.

Do you think a Verizon iPhone 4 would be the most popular smartphone offering from Verizon?

Source: MediaPost

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  • keithc20102

    I have the LG Ally that runs the android OS and I personally think it sucks! It is always freezing and delayed for everything.

  • Dan

    I've had iPhone for years. This year I switched to an HTC Incredible on Verizon. Why? Because I was sick and tired of the AT&T's crappy network and the Incredible seemed to be the first real alternative to the iPhone.
    If the iPhone were on Verizon, I would not have gone Android. But now that I'm in the Android platform, there is no going back. iPhone is like a shovel. Any moron could use it. Android is like a backhoe. It takes a week to get used to it, but once there, you have greater flexibility and greater utility than an iPhone could ever give you. Again, I'm an iPhone veteran for years. The only iPhone I haven't owned is the 4.

  • iPhan

    Meh. The lack of flash support in the iPhone 4 is not something that bothers me. Either way multi-touch navigation on a regular flash site will probably suck anyway. I've encountered 100+ problems using a full-size Desktop Computer running Ubuntu. However, I just checked all Verizon phones (+ upcoming on phonearena's website) and there is not even one device that I will change my iPhone with.

  • Ever

    Who cares if the IPhone will get availabe on Verizon. The IPhone is just one phone. It is behind the currents Android offerings.

    The iPhone without choices and no flash is a fail.

  • Mark

    No effect,

    because Apple barely have enough production capcity to keep meeting AT&T iphone demand, how could they have met Verizon at the same time. And a big chuck of Apple's iphone profit is directly from AT&T's subsidy. Coming to Verizon means a big loss of that subsidy that will hurt Apple's bottom line. AT&T also have not been promoted top Android phones on its network because of its Iphone exclusivity. Once Iphone goes to V, AT&T will open its door to top Androids phones and that will take its toll on iphone's share there as well.


    and what Kevin said 🙂

  • Eric

    My guess is Iphone wont gain as much marketshare as this artcle claims. Probably a major percentage of Iphone sales via Verizon will just be AT&T Iphone converts to the better network of Verizon.

  • Dan

    This article is outdated and irrelevant. A few weeks ago, Verizon CEO announced no plans in the near future for anything with Apple due to Apple’s inflexible business demands. He also noted that he feels.Verizon offers comparative, competitive phones.

    This is just a quick article thrown together with an attracting title to get more hits.

  • Kevin

    No one can dispute that Android is overtaking Apple, and that one of the main reasons for this trend is that Android is available on almost every cellular carrier world-wide.

    However, I cannot agree to your statement that adding the Verizon Network to Apple's list of vendors can "…stop the Android onslaught…"

    The Verizon Network is huge, and I can easily see a surge in iPhone users in the US resulting from this combination. I would estimate that Verizon would increase Apple's customer base by 15-20% over then next 5 years over AT&T alone.

    However, the simple fact is that Android is a very good operating system. One more carrier in Apple's arsenal, even if it is Verizon, will not make Android go away.

    Manufacturers, Carriers, and End Users are offered unparalled flexibility in the Android OS, and that is probably the best argument for Android users such as myself. Ultimately, when the OS is free, Manufacturers and Carriers have to compete with each other on price and quality. This is the ultimate win-win scenario for consumers.

    PS-Please feel free to use more periods. Run-on sentences just aren't my thing.

  • Lee

    So, what was your experience with both phones?

    And concerning the public… Lets take an average "public" person… what restrictions are you referring to, that the average majority public will have concern of?

  • Travis

    iPhone rulz yo…..

  • Sprint User

    I don't understand the hype with Verizon. Sprint's network is awesome (less than 3 dropped calls in 8yrs). Now, I'm rocking 4G speeds on my Epic which kicks the crap out of the IPhone4 is almost every metric there is. Oh, and it's all cheaper than Verizon.

  • GregT2

    I agree with your conclusion, an iPhone offering from Verizon equals increased domestic market penetration for Apple and less marketshare/mindshare not only for Droid platform but also for ATT. The only way I believe Droid will be able to sustain their growth will be to focus more of their energy in marketing the platform not from a technology standpoint but as an alternative lifestyle choice to Apple’s offerings.

  • GaGirrl

    Matt: While it may be that folks don't care about openness, the reason they're not griping about the restrictive features of the iPhone is because not long after an iPhone comes out, a jailbreak for it follows immediately after. The only difference is that Android realizes there are OS limitations, Apple just turns their heads and coughs instead of dealing with theirs.

    • Matt

      GaGirrl: Thanks for the comment. I'm still not totally sure that a majority of people jailbreak their iPhones.

      On top of that, I'm just not sure what "restrictive" features you or anyone else might be talking about? Other than the stamp that Apple gives to apps that don't suck?

  • Michael Towne

    A smartphone without a memory expansion slot and a battery that is not easily replaceable is not something I would ever buy, but I grant that iPhone does indeed have better UI and a robust brand image behind it. However, I don’t think those two factors are substantial enough to make it the most popular phone from Verizon. HW spec has already been surpassed by few Android phones already.

    • WHAT??

      Better UI? Three pages that are just a big list of icons is a better UI? That's a matter of opinion, one that many Android users would disagree with you on.

      • Michael Towne

        I guess UI could be different things to different people, but I'm more inclined to value functional aesthetics and consistency, and I believe Apple has positioned itself to control those two things better than Google or anybody else. Take the side swiping gesture for example. Compare to iOS apps, there aren't too many Android apps that makes use of this very intuitive gesture. I could name few other things as well, but for the sake of brevity please refer to Jakob Nielson's 10 heuristics for UI and compare these two platforms yourself:

  • Anon M. Us

    Incorrect. If/when the iPhone is offered by Verizon, the greatest market shift will be AT&T iPhone users becoming Verizon iPhone users. Yes, that may be a 20% – or more – shift; however, that shift is unhappy AT&T customers who would have switched to Android on Verizon if the option to keep an iPhone didn't exist.

    In 2011:

    AT&T iPhone customers will continue to abandon the platform. Most will fuel the continuing rise in Android adoption – unless – an alternative iPhone vendor such as Verizon snaps them up. Even if an alternative iPhone choice exists, not all will switch from AT&T iPhone to Verizon. Some will take the option to try an Android product.

    Blackberry will continue to experience the most customer bleed as the product becomes ever more irrelevant. Safe bet would be an even shift to all the blackberry alternatives. Since the iPhone is only one (or two if Verizon pans out) compared to nearly a dozen Android offerings, Android will experience most gains in market share.

    Some early adopter Android users fed up with the terrible battery life may jump at a Verizon iPhone offering just to make it through the day without an extension cord trailing behind them to keep the phone on.

    Pro-Tip Apple iPhone marketing suggestion.

    iPhone: just like an Android except our batteries don't suck.

  • Mr. Bogus

    I am glad I wasted my time reading this stupid "what if" article. BOGUS MAN!

  • Matt

    Ask any normal person what they think the most restrictive part of owning an iPhone is. I'll bet they say "You have to have AT&T." If you ask them another one other than that? A huge percentage of them will probably respond "I don't know." The market doesn't care about things like openness guys. If they did, we'd all be running Linux desktops and laptops with OpenOffice and Firefox. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

    Here's the deal. I buy an iPhone, I turn it on and it works.

    If someone buys and Android phone all they read about is how you can change crappy feature A, B, C or D by "rooting" my phone. If your OS is known for its, ahem, hackability rather than it's user experience, then there's a fundamental problem with it.

    Apple on the other hand, requires that developers follow (a now very well) documented set of rules and instructions when you make an iPhone app. This is in order to preserve the user experience of the device as a whole. Why is it so bad that Apple wants developers to not release applications that: are pornographic, crash constantly, use private methods that can change in future releases of iOS or offer an absolutely horrid user experience?

    Outside of some corner cases (Google Voice, which was a probably rooted from an AT&T issue) follow the bloody instructions and your application will be approved. God forbid a developer take these things into accountability.

    • WHAT??

      You say that the market doesn't care about the restrictive nature of apple's ios devices. Yet, I see posts about it over and over from different sources. So obviously there are people out there who care. Also, there's a whole lot more to Apple's restrictions than just developers. No removable/upgradeable memory/battery, proprietary connector cables, the only access to the device from your computer is through itunes.

      Also, there are a ton of people out there jailbreaking iphones so your "rooting" arguement is pretty much invalid. Not to mention that a large community of people who root their android phone is expected simply because android is open source and people like to tweak and play around with the OS, this has been a benefit to android because it has helped grow innovation in the software at a much greater pace than apple has done with ios.

  • wolf wannabe

    Man I wish I was a wolf. I can almost taste those verizon iphone lamb chops. Yummy.

  • DCRocks

    What holds Apple back is not that the iPhone is tied only to AT&T, but the limitations of the iPhone itself. The iPhone already is behind the newest Android phones, and is falling more behind with each tightening of Apple's grip over the control of the iPhone. Apple's approach caused it to lose out to M$ in the desktop wars, and the same mindset will cause it to lose out to Android. For much of the same reasons.

  • Guest

    No, the iPhone had its short lived reign but now it's old hat.. Maybe when they start including basic features from the get go instead of adding them to 2, 3, and 4 new versions of the same phone they would be out ahead.. Hey let's make a cool device, but we won't add a microphone that will be on the next version, Hey let's add a camera, but not speakers that will be available on the next version.. Apple sucks the big ONE!!!

  • Paul

    Well this is quite a quandry for those who want consumer choice because it basically boils down to executive egos. Ivan Seidenberg – the CEO of VZ – has steadfastly refused for years to meet Steve Jobs terms to carry the iphone which ATT pays. Now that Driod is rising I'm fairly sure that Ivan sees he's gained better footing on this debate but given Jobs legendary ego I doubt he's up to the idea of treating Ivan as an equal partner.

  • I do not entirely agree with you, as I think that you give too much credit to Verizon and their bastard network.Most global providers are based on GSM, not CDMA so your target market is somewhat more limited on the "think big" scale.You may be disappointed with AT&T as a provider but their network is based on global technology that Apple can capitalize on for expansion into foreign markets by catering to the largest common denominator, GSM.

    I am not an iPhone lover, or even AT&T customer but I see the larger bowl for what it is. GSM is dominant globally so eventually sheer numbers will outweigh what Verizon can do in this country alone.

    Oh, and Android WILL win the battle and the war eventually anyway and Verizon can do little to change that either way.

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  • Butch

    I think Apple missed the applecart on this one.

  • Shaun

    This is pretty non-news worthy… Sooo Verizon still has no iphone offering and we have no clues as to when they might just like before? Why not just link to the other million articles that state the exact same thing

    • keira930

      Well I'm eager to know!! I'm holding off on cashing in my new Verizon every two which was due in July so I could get the discount on the Verizon 4 when it comes out. My boyfriend has the Iphone4 with AT&T and I like it a lot better than the Droid. It's easier/ simpler for me to keep it all in the same "family", with my Ipod and MacBook. So thanks for the article, please, keep us updated!!

  • Larry Mannino

    Curiously, I find the media's 'onslaught' terminology a little mistaken. Realistically, what we're seeing in the rise of a new mobile operating system mirrors what happened to Apple back in the early nineties – they kept their arguably superior operating system harnessed to a controlled hardware experience, as opposed to Windows, that could run on any box. Same thing applies to Android, which is not a phone, but an OS. Of course if an OS is available (in differing versions) on a number of different devices and at different price points, it will inevitably have a dominant market share just by volume. Yes, the carrier experience may have something to do with it, but I'd be curious to know whether Android on an iPhone, or iOs4 on a Samsung would show the truer measure of popularity. Also, Apple has always had a quality-controlled experience because they link hardware and software in a closed system. Many will argue this is limiting, but just as many are probably happy that the device 'simply works'. I'm sure that the Verizon move will indeed cut into Android market share, and if coupled with an 'entry level' priced iPhone, even more so, but ultimately they are 2 differing experiences, that cannot necessarily be measured in statistical terms, much the like difference in the Mac vs Windows user experience.

    • Kendall W3

      Mannino, you make a very good point i might have to feature that on my facebook/blog. The two are different experiences and depending on your n"needs" will determine how consumers make the decision on which phone to choose. It seems to be plausible that statistics are not involved with this issue. The sales of iPhone's during its first introduction to the market has broken records and continues to do so in the mobile market. Apple's mobile market has become something that people really don't need but what people want and got to have. Lets face it they have some very solid products and have proven to make peoples lives easier in terms of convenience. This is the question i beg to ask, is Apple spreading itself too thin to the point of how will the keep up?

  • John

    Having used both the iPhone & HTC Evo (for the past 4 months), IMHO the Android phone will continue to dominate this market regardless of whether Verizon offers the iPhone or not.

    Once the public realizes all the restrictions on the iPhone, most smart phone users will opt for the open market Android system – and the ease of synchronizing with Google.

    • Your mom

      Clearly the "public" couldn't care less about restrictions. The iPhone is the most popular phone ever made and once it is available on Verizon it will just be that much more popular.

      • DEC

        You obviously have no clue what your talking about. The iphone is NOT the most popular phone ever made, the actual numbers reflect that. It is a good phone for a ton of people, but to my knowledge it has never enjoyed being number one, but has remained a distant 2nd to Blackberry in the US, and Symbian worldwide.

  • bro

    apple is unaffordable good looking garbidge

  • Greg

    "Even if a Verizon iPhone 4 resulted in 20% less people choosing a device such as the Droid X or Droid 2 it would have a huge affect" –> the correct spelling is "effect" since it's being used as noun. FYI.

  • Grammar King

    Jamie Pert: learn the difference between affect and effect.

    • Jamie Pert

      I know the difference between them both, just got them mixed up, corrected now thanks.

      • Grammar King

        missed one "would have a serious affect on Android’s market share." should be effect as well

    • Just Sayin

      I think you should have capitalized the L in learn, Oh, Grammar King!

      • Grammar King


  • Atul

    Here we go again! IPhone on Verizon! Who cares? I'm one of the ones switched from Iphone on AT&T to Android on Verizon. I've loved every minute of it. The network is better and the phones are good too. It will take you just 3 days to start loving your Android phone. Try the free turn/turn voice activated navigation. You will never think of IPhone again!

  • NItech

    Yeah, Iphones are great if you want to be locked in to apple approved apps. Droid are the best as they provide a more open platform with better integration with google.

    • Edd

      Not sure what you're talking about, my iPhone works with google pretty well.

      • Armaced

        He is probably talking about Google Voice.

        • Adam

          You’re both idiots. What he’s talking about is that the developers of apps for the Iphone have to be approved by Apple. On Android, anyone off the street with the knowhow can design apps and put them out there, you don’t have to obtain permision from Google.

    • tenacious deek

      Well… the apple approved apps are much better than anything the android apps have developed. Open development means crappy developers have free game to release whatever they want. (Who has the most apps to choose from also… oh wait thats apple again) So i'll take my quality apps and the best touchscreen on the market over low quality apps and an average touchscreen phone anyday.

      • jamell

        Dude iphone on a different carrier will still suck! Ur a fanboy and ur fake n gay! Android will be better. Lack of good apps come from lack of internal memory, now that that’s been solved app size don’t matter so they can become better n my g2 is mad handling your iphone without trying

    • docbrody

      This whole “locked-in” blather is such a lame argument. I went out and got myself a Droid 2 (Verizon) and it’s app store is lame. First of all it doesn’t have 10% of the cool apps my iphone had. Second, the UI for the app store SUCKS. Third of all its got a Verizon store bolted into it in a very clumsy and annoying way – the kind of thing Apple would never allow. Frankly I prefer that they have control rather than dealing with the results of some two head Verizon/Google beast…. Is there not 1 person at either company with a shred of good taste and design sense?

      The whole experience reminds me of a PC that come loaded with crap ware. I really don’t understand why some geeks think that is so great. And don’t even get me started on performance. With all the macho droid advertising I was kind of surprised that scrolling through web pages, emails, apps in general was so choppy and laggy. It doesn’t even feel as smooth as my 4 generation old original iPhone.

      If verizon come out with an iPhone, I’m switching. I don’t care how much it costs