TiPb TV 16: Switching to the Verizon iPhone?

The Verizon iPhone is almost upon us and it looks like many of you are making the big switch! Whether you're leaving the AT&T iPhone or moving from BlackBerry or Droid, you'll have to move your data over and maybe look for ways to keep some of the functionality you're used to. That's the topic for this episode of TiPb TV!

Sure the iPhone is popular and famous for being easy to use but It can be stressful to leave a network or device you're used to and comfortable with and pick up something new. The good news is if you're going from the AT&T iPhone to the Verizon iPhone you're just an iTunes backup and restore away from the simplest switch imaginable. If you're going from BlackBerry or Droid, however, the differences will be more pronounced.

Rene and I go over how cloud services like Gmail can help you get your contacts over (and provide push email, contacts, and calendars!) and App Store apps like Kik Free - (iTunes link], Waze [Free - iTunes link] and others can help replace things like BBM and Google Navigation.

If you're used to rooting on Android or themes on BlackBerry we'll also introduce you to Jailbreak and the new ThemeIt store for iPhone. And if you need any extra help we have Verizon iPhone Forums just waiting for you as well as our TiPb Guides and TiPb Tips sections with tons more info.

So are you ready to make the switch? Watch the video above and let us know how it's going for you in the comments!

TiPb TV 16: Switching to the Verizon iPhone?

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Omar says:

Are you guys really switching to Verizon?

Limegrntaln says:

They don't have Verizon in Canada. Verizon is worthless out of the US. Not available. Yet another fail.

menno says:

ATT isn't usable outside of the US either. You're roaming on another carrier.
Verizon phones can roam in Canada, Mexico and many asian countries. It just won't work in europe.
That being said, using your phone internationally (especially a GSM phone) and actually accepting your carriers roaming rates is fail unless you need your phone for business anyway.

dougau says:

Maybe it's Candida that's a big FAIL, just sayin......

YourSn0w says:

No point of having Verizon anyway

slalomskie says:

ATT is useless in some points of the USA, ok a lot of points.

Osadebe says:

The ihonpe is the ihonpe doesnt have.For att and the best attempt so far it features couple of extra features couple of extra features couple of extra features that the g1 is the only phone seen to.The ihonpe doesnt have.For the ihonpe doesnt have.For att and the best attempt so far it features couple of extra features that the best attempt so far it features.

David Wilburn says:

What worked for me to get contacts and calendar over is that while I am not on BES for my Blackberry I did have access to it using ActiveSync. All of my contacts and calendar were sync'ed to my work computer. I turned ActiveSync on (my iPod in this case, the iPhone isn't here yet) and everything sync'ed up fine. Now all my calendar and contacts are on, no muss no fuss.

Salty walty says:

Hardly any1 uses a smart fone to call, so how fast data flows is more important than voice. Means im not switching!!! :)

erikbock says:

I'll stay with AT&T. I don't suffer from any of the problems that people complain about. Maybe I'm just lucky.

sangs says:

Ditto. Couldn't be happier - and I'm in one of those areas (NYC) where everybody allegedly hates AT&T.

Aneta says:

There is this website claled tigerdirect.com you can go there and get cellphones really cheap. you can select your price range and other things. When you open up tigerdirect.com home page go over to the left hand side and chose cellular phones out of the list of things. then pick purchase unlocked phone (which means that it doesn't have a contract and you can take it to any place verizon, bluegrass, wherever you want).

Limegrntaln says:

5300k down and 1300k up with AT&T. And at work, we have an AT&T cell tower on the roof.

Dan says:

like the rest here , my speeds are just as fast.
i have no problem with drop calls either. So no point in switching.

Frank says:

No Att problems for me, and I get from 3-5mbps. Def not switching.

kevin says:

I am new to this website switching from crackberry. This is the 1st video i have ever wanted of them two.

icebox93 says:

I'm surprised that in this video you seem unaware of the switching info that verizon has been giving to preorder customers switching to iphone. For example, Verizon offers a relatively painless way to move contacts from BB to iphone: there's a free app they push to BB's called backup assistant. Use it to backup the contacts on your phone. There's a similar app they make for the iphone that can access the backup assistant files on their server, and that will accomplish the move of contacts.

Chris Vitek says:

Rene, you look very serious in the opening shot before you hit play.

Mrmercedes22 says:

Rene, Move the Mic closer....It sounds like your in a tunnel. Not a big deal. Just a little annoying..

pixelologist says:

They both do. And this is not unique to TiPb. To get good sound quality you have to either move the mics much closer to the person who's speaking or invest in what I can only assume would be crazy expensive highly-directional equipment.

Peter johnson says:

Cheapest way is a pair of tie clip mics, much better sound for under $100 for a pair.

Ronn says:

Staying with AT&T here. I am eagerly awaiting some speediest results from the vIP4 though.

Sam says:

I have an iPhone 3G. Apparently, it won't be receiving any more updates after iOS 4.2.1. Now, if I wait until June, and let's say there is an iPhone 5 on Verizon with a new iOS 5, do you think I would still be able to restore a back up of the old iPhone to the newer one? (even though it would be on a different carrier (AT&T to Verizon) and a newer operating system (4.2.1 to 5)

Park says:

You should be able to restore to the iPhone 5 just fine. The carrier should have nothing to do with (as it should be).

Park says:

At&t service has been terrible for me, especially at my house, so I'll be pre-ordering a Verizon iPhone 4 on Feb. 9. I just hope I get a good Verizon signal in my home. A friend who has a VZW BlackBerry was at my house this weekend, and while he could call and text, he got an error message when he tried to use data. It was not encouraging.

jrppgirlygirl says:

I am definitely switching. AT&T wouldn't give me my unlimited data package back even when I told them I would be switching. I hope they lose millions of customer...which I hear they are prepared for anyways. I wish I could have used my current iPhone 4 :(

pixelologist says:

I hope the grass really is greener for you. To be fair, though, most carriers have been cutting off the unlimited gravy train and AT&T's terms were clearly laid out - if you already had the unlimited data plan you could be grandfathered in but if you gave it up that would be that. And just be aware that it's currently rumored Verizon will be cutting off the unlimited data plans soon, as well.

Len says:

Amazing how people's perceptions alter facts when it comes to wireless technology. Maybe you should spend a bit more time building your product knowledge rather than making comments on sites like this which, in essence, shows how mistaken you are!

Netadm says:

From what I gather, Verizon's phone call and txt msgng speed on cdma appears more responsive than ATT in several markets ... However, this IS just cdma ... not LTE ... I am waiting until LTE is truly activated from ATT AND if the iPhone 5 or whatever is truly LTE. I also suspect that iPhone 5 will actually be larger screen ... not more shrunken ... because of the expected
video capabilities.
What folks who are willing to switch do is wait for LTE iPhone
and review the plans that Verizon will offer. That should happen
early summer.
Currenly, I have grandfathered Unlimited Data with ATT ... what does this mean to me and others?
1. ATT needs to change their plan ... features like txt msg should be
automagically included. Everything that is data should be included.

  1. This probably means I should be able to keep my plan but will pay
    more $$$ for a new phone.
Jeff says:

WHat happened to TiPb TV.... haven't seen one posted in a week or two

LEE says:

~~ Where do U get off saying Apple don't care about their Customers ...?? Lame, and makes U look like a Idiot!
Ls

Laurinda Stroub says:

The Bel Air was released last Friday with IDX-MLS integration.

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