Tuesday, January 11, 2011
A Bite Out of the Apple
So, Verizon finally announces the iPhone is coming to their CDMA networks come 2/10. They are taking a bite out of the Apple. AT&T has had its run with the iPhone and now it's time to let someone, who knows what they're doing, take over. The models and prices will basically mirror AT&T's.
Verizon will be selling the iPhone 4G phone and AT&T will no longer be an exclusive provider. What does this mean for the consumer? Well, I will be your friendly, neighborhood nerd and break down the pros and cons for you.
Pros: Probably a faster network. Verizon has had four years to "enlarge the pipes" to allow an unlimited data plan for the iPhone. AT&T doesn't offer unlimited data due to network limitations. So, they charge you $15 for 2 GB of data that you use up in one weekend jamming to Pandora. No word on the pricing for the unlimited data coming from Verizon.
Verizon has better customer service than AT&T. AT&T ranks at the bottom of almost every (if not all) customer service survey. The difference between the customer service at Verizon and AT&T is the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it.
Cons: If you buy an iPhone 4G now from Verizon, you'll surely be sick when June rolls around and the iPhone 5G comes out (and you're still only five months into a new 2-year agreement).
Being an "early adopter" to a new product may mean you'll be the Guinea pig as the kinks get worked out.
Just like AT&T's TDMA version, you won't be able to talk/surf at the same time like you can with basically every other phone.
Summary: So, if you're interested in getting Verizon's iPhone 4G, you may want to hold out for what appears to be a new one in June. Apple timed this release perfectly in order to get people to buy their leftover 4G's before rolling out the 5G's. Excellent marketing strategy as usual for them.
Whatever you decide, I hope you enjoy. As for me, I'm going to rock my Samsung Fascinate. I'd put it up against the iCandy any day.