Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Verizon is starting in February to sell iPhone, so what?

Everybody seems happy that now Verizon is selling the iPhone, because many people are complaining about ATT.
But here is my take on it.
ATT had and has issues with receptions but i believe Verizon will have some too. iPhone users are know to have much more heavy data usage than Android or blackberry users.
Verizon 3G is not as fast as ATT there will come complains too. But the biggest part we should not forget, Verizon is not able to deliver voice and data at the same time for 3G. The beauty of the iPhone with ATT is that you can surf the Internet during taking a call, and trust me this one of the best features ever. I had many situations where i needed to read an email somebody did send during call or i did use my iPhone for navigation and got a call in at the same time. Verizon said they are working on this issue but did not hear yet that they allow vocie and data.
Apple will sell much more iPhones and it was time that there is another provider, but it comes with some limitations which users will complain about. The Verizon costs are the same as at ATT, i would not recommend to switch from ATT to Verizon only because Verizon has now the iPhone.

The only reason to switch as an iphone user (in my opinion) is to get 4G access, but unfortunately the current iphone does not support 4G. Therefore we have to wait a few months till iphone 5 comes out.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Verizon Wireless plans to sell Apple Inc's iPhone for as low as $200 starting next month, putting the smart phone at the center of its high-stakes battle with AT&T Inc for wireless customers.

I do not believe that as many users are switching from ATT to Verizon and if they do so, they will lose speed and data/ voice usage.
Article from yahoo:
Verizon's announcement on Tuesday that it would start selling the phone on February 10 puts an end to AT&T's three-year old status as the exclusive U.S. provider for the iPhone. Pre-orders start on February 3.

Verizon Wireless said the phone, a version of the Apple iPhone 4 designed to run on Verizon's network, will sell with a two-year agreement for $199.99 for the 16-gigabyte model or $299.99 for the 32-gigabyte model.

The prices are the same as what AT&T charges for those models.

Verizon, a venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc, said the phone would be available at 2,000 of its stores around the country. It declined to comment on service price plans.

AT&T, which loses its cherished spot as the exclusive U.S. provider for iPhone, is expected to face its toughest year since 2004 as a result of the Verizon deal with Apple.

"The real question isn't how many iPhones Verizon will sell, but what AT&T does in response," said Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett, who attended the Verizon event.

Analysts, pointing to years of pent-up demand among Verizon Wireless customers, expect the company to sell 9 million to 13 million iPhones this year.
The new deal will hurt phone maker Motorola Mobility, which has made a comeback as the flagship phone vendor at Verizon Wireless for the past year.
Motorola phones run on Google Inc's Android software, which has become Apple's most formidable rival in cellphone technology.
Shares of Verizon were down 2 percent at $35.16, while AT&T shares were down 1.3 percent to $29.97. Shares of Apple slipped less than 1 percent to $341.50.

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