WHAT IT IS: The Verizon Wireless version of Apple Inc.'s iPhone will go on sale next week. It will cost $200 or $300 (depending on how much memory is included) with a two-year Verizon contract.
THE DIFFERENCES: On the surface, the Verizon iPhone is nearly identical to the AT&T Inc. version of the iPhone.
A major difference will probably be network performance -- AT&T's network tends to be congested in some cities, while Verizon has wider broadband data coverage in rural areas. But where not clogged, AT&T's network can be faster than Verizon's in some places.
ONE MORE THING: Apple is likely to release a new iPhone model this summer, though it's not clear if this would arrive at Verizon stores immediately. For some, this may make it even trickier to decide whether or not to pick up Verizon's iPhone now.
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