Back in July 2010 I blogged about the iPhone’s “pesky problem” and whether or not I was going to use my upgrade. After asking friends and family that recently bought the new iphone4 and from reading numerous customer reviews, I decided to go with my gut feeling and indulge! I ended up buying the iPhone 4 in September 2010 and haven’t had a dropped call or experienced any issues with the signal strength- lucky me! I couldn’t be more satisfied and addicted with this phone and all its capabilities; others would disagree.
After more than three and a half years of AT&T having full control of the iPhone, Verizon put an end to the monopoly on January 11, 2011. The iPhone will be available to pre-order on February 3 and generally available on February 10. When AT&T released the iPhone a few years back, many Verizon customers were itching to switch to AT&T solely for the iPhone. What’s going to happen now? Will the unhappy AT&T customers switch back to Verizon? According to ChangeWave, “15% of AT&T subscribers said in December they were likely to change carriers in the next three months” and “among just iPhone owners, 26% were planning to leave AT&T”. (http://tinyurl.com/4trlmeb) Most AT&T customers that want to make the switch are concerned about their family plans and how much it’s going to cost them to terminate their contract with AT&T. From my understanding it’s going to cost anywhere from $175 to $325, depending on when your 2 year agreement is over. As for the price of the device itself, Verizon customers will pay the same as AT&T’s. What it could come down to price wise is Verizon’s monthly service charges and data plans versus AT&T’s. http://tinyurl.com/47o5ymy
Two other areas that consumers could take into consideration are the features, quality and speed of each carrier’s iPhone. The iPhone’s are practically similar except that each phone has a different network. Verizon’s is based on CDMA, which means that Verizon owners will not be able to be on a call and use apps at the same time, like AT&T users are able to do. However, the Verizon iPhone antenna will be a little different from AT&T’s, hoping to prevent dropped calls. As far as speed, AT&T has been promoting that they have a faster network than Verizon but currently both AT&T and Verizon are working on building next generation 4G networks that will both work that same. http://tinyurl.com/6knr7lo
The bottom line is that AT&T no longer has its exclusivity and will have to work harder in order to keep their customers and keep them happy, like myself J