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Consumer Reports Cautions Against Verizon iPhone 4

The smartphone has too many shortcomings and users are better off waiting until Apple releases the next generation model later this year, according to the venerable consumer magazine.

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Consumer Reports cautions that iPhone users, who on average consume more data than other smartphone owners, haven't put Verizon's network to the test. "If a lot of folks jump ship from AT&T, in addition to the new iPhone users who've held off from buying one till now, that could impact Verizon service," the magazine says.

A ChangeWave Research survey of 4,000 AT&T customers found that one in four intend to switch to Verizon this year, with the majority intending to do so within the first few months. Verizon hasn't said how many new iPhone customers it expects to sign up.

Consumer Reports is also telling potential buyers to look carefully at the service plans Verizon has yet to release. The magazine expects the carrier to switch from offering unlimited data plans to the tiered or metered plans now used by AT&T. Whether that will amount to lower or higher prices than what AT&T charges is not known.

The magazine's bottom line is that if an iPhone-addicted consumer doesn't care about the device's shortcomings and can't wait to switch to Verizon, then they should go for it. People who are less than fanatical about the smartphone "may want to hold off for a newer version of the iPhone before even considering whether to buy one."

SEE ALSO:

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