For me, as someone who has spent three and a half years fed up with AT&T, the Verizon iPhone is absolutely, 100 percent worth it. I've already cancelled my AT&T contract (by way of Google Voice, actually) and I cannot foresee a future where I ever go back.
There's long been a slogan that goes along with many Apple products - "it just works". It's also the best way to sum up this review. The iPhone 4 on Verizon: it just works.
For all but the most discriminating user, the new Verizon version of the iPhone 4 is the same iPhone 4 we've known for the past seven months. If you're thinking of buying an iPhone and are unsure about which carrier to choose, you'd be well advised to talk to friends about coverage and dead spots near you, and to compare rate plans. If Verizon's network serves you better than AT&T's, you can finally make the move (though you may have to pay a fee to get out of your contract -that's something would-be AT&T switchers should check before committing to Verizon).
It's also worth keeping in mind the potential lifespan of this phone. Every year since 2007, Apple has introduced a new iPhone early in the summer. If that pattern follows, an iPhone 5 is less than half a year away. That said, if you waited for the technology world to stand still before buying something, youd never buy anything. If you want an iPhone and need Verizon's service, you can now get both.
The bottom line: for the first time, iPhone users in the U.S. now have a choice of carrier. It's a good thing
It's not the next generation Apple device, it's not a wowee-zowee LTE experiment, and it isn't a revolution in mobile computing. What it is, however, is a big chance to give a large portion of America's smartphone users a crack at a phone they've likely been lusting after for some time. It's also an opportunity to give relief to long-suffering AT&T customers in the form of a usable, reliable phone (not to mention a good way to kill many of the jokes the current phone's calls have created). While it isn't all rainbows and flowers (the data speed issues or the voice / data considerations could be a dealbreaker for some), it does kind of feel like Apple and Verizon did the impossible: they made the best smartphone in America just a little bit better.
Wall Street Journal
Bottom line: In my tests, the new Verizon version of the iPhone did much better at voice calling than the AT&T version, and offers some attractive benefits, like unlimited data and a wireless hot-spot capability. But if you really care about data speed, or travel overseas, and AT&T service is tolerable in your area, you may want to stick with AT&T.
New York Times
..a lot of footnotes and "yes, buts." Even so, most people don't care about overseas compatibility or simultaneous calling and surfing or Verizon's tactics. They want an iPhone - an iconic, beautiful, fast, elegant iPhone - that doesn't drop calls.
Now, after years of pining, they have it at last.