A Verizon iPhone? Good!
The tech rumor mill has it that Verizon will announce on Tuesday, Jan. 11, that it will offer the iPhone. An AT&T exclusive since 2007, frustrated iPhone users have complained about dropped calls, limited coverage, delays in tethering, slow data speeds, poor customer service and the possibility that AT&T allowed warrantless NSA wiretapping. The list of customer complaints means a sigh of relief if Verizon does, in fact, use the NYC press conference to launch the iPhone on its network on Tuesday.
I am a die-hard iPhone-aholic and have been since I bought a 3G in 2008, and I have experienced none of the long list of problems all the tech articles gush about.
I suppose the main reason for my lack of popular complaints is that I live in White County, Arkansas, not a huge metropolitan area, and AT&T has the county covered pretty well, especially since they recently launched 3G coverage. Sure, I suffered with EDGE data speed for quite awhile, but I have always had solid, strong call coverage. I have no complaints with AT&T’s customer support either. The only thing I have to complain about is the monthly contract cost, which right now is my highest utility bill. Is it worth it? Yes.
This little gadget is with me 24/7, and the phone part of it is the least of its uses for me. I use it as my checkbook, my second camera, I have all the major news apps and eBook readers installed on it. When I’m away from my laptop, I have access to my email accounts and Facebook without a hitch. It has replaced my reporter’s notebook and pen, and I can use it to write articles in a pinch. My iPhone is even my guitar tuner and GPS. I would be lost with it. Literally.
I’m looking forward to Verizon’s launch of the iPhone, not because I will defect from AT&T myself. When all those unhappy-with-AT&T users jump ship, the network strain will ease and speeds will increase across the board. I imagine AT&T will bend over backwards to keep iPhone users and jump through hoops to do what it takes to rectify problems encountered. In a few months, both Verizon and AT&T networks will be about the same, assuming the Verizon network can handle a glut of new iPhone users, and the carrier choice debate will return to contract price and customer service quality.
For now, I have my fingers crossed for contract plan and purchase price drops. AT&T has already reduced the purchase price of the iPhone 3GS to $49 with a 2-year contract, and I’m hoping they lower the price of the 4 as well. If they do, I just might decide to retire my trusty 3G and splurge on an upgrade.
As for AT&T network speed and customer service, I will enjoy a pleasant improvement once Verizon offers the iPhone. I can’t complain.
So, what will you do? Will you sign on with Verizon once they offer the iPhone?
White County resident, freelance writer, photographer and blogger. Email her, visit her at A Bumpy Path and Out in the Back Yard for more neurotic enlightenment and visual stimulation.