So the iPhone is finally going to be available to Verizon users … yee-HAW! Of course, I won’t be making the switch, and here’s why:
- Despite claims that their network is more robust, Verizon hasn’t proven that their 3G network can handle the substantially increased data volume that iPhone users will bring. On the bright side, as AT&T customers abandon AT&T and buy new Verizon iPhones, the strain on AT&T’s network will lessen, thus improving the user experience for those who stick around.
- Verizon’s CDMA network may be “more robust” than AT&T’s network, but AT&T’s network is still faster, and I’m not ready for life in the slow lane.
- Verizon’s CDMA network will not support data access during a phone call, like AT&T’s 3G GSM network.
- Verizon’s CDMA network does not use SIM cards, building the phone coding directly into the phone, AND since most of the world is on GSM rather than CDMA, the Verizon iPhone is will not be anywhere near as capable a handset for frequent travellers like the AT&T version.
- Apple will be releasing a new version of the iPhone for AT&T mid-year, just as they have every year since the iPhone was first introduced in 2007. Whether it’s an incremental upgrade, like the leap from the original iPhone to the 3G or from the 3GS to the iPhone 4, or simply a minor upgrade (faster network, more memory, faster chips), like the upgrade from the 3G to the 3Gs has yet to be announced … but there will be something, and people who sign up for the Verizon iPhone now are going to be stuck 5 months into a two-year contract, unless they decide to pay full pop for the latest and greated, assuming whatever is released is available simultaneously on both AT&T and Verizon’s networks.
I will be definitely be thankful to all iPhone users who do jump to Verizon for helping to take some of the load off AT&T’s network … some sources say 25% will make the leap … but that reduction will definitely help me. You can jump, I’m staying where I am.