Although both phones look almost entirely identical, there are enough subtle differences between Verizon and AT&T’s iPhone 4 to make you scratch your head in confusion. The first major difference in the design of Verizon iPhone 4 is the fact that the mute button is located closer to the bottom of the phone which makes many iPhone 4 cases unable to fit it. Other iPhone 4 accessories like battery packs and antenna bumpers designed to fit around the AT&T’s version of the iPhone won’t fit on Verizon’s due to this issue as well.
Protective cases that have a larger cutout for those ports/buttons will have no problem when used with Verizon’s iPhone 4, but may look a bit off. Another difference is the addition of CDMA chips in Verizon’s iPhone which let it run on its’ network, which is also reason the mute button had to be moved down in the first place. Since Verizon’s iPhone 4 will be strictly CDMA only, users will be unable to use voice and data at the same time.
In addition, Verizon’s version of the iPhone 4 will also have the capability to act as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and support up to 5 devices simultaneously on it. Verizon iPhone 4 16GB model will cost $199 with a two-year contract; the 32GB model will sell for $299. It will also not be available in the white color yet and also won’t come with the Apple bumper since that offer has already expired last September.