Verizon iPhone announcement expected Tuesday
The news would mark the end of AT&T's exclusive contract to carry the Apple smartphone.
A Consumer Reports Survey in December 2010 ranked AT&T as the worst mobile carrier in the United States. Verizon came in second, behind U.S. Cellular. Some iPhone users have been waiting for years for a choice other than AT&T, and it's believed that Verizon could expect from nine to 12 million iPhone users to join its network.
But a Consumer Reports blog post from Monday warned early adopters that snapping up a Verizon iPhone may not be the wisest decision.
"If Verizon really unveils a new Apple iPhone tomorrow, it's likely to be a refresh of the iPhone 4 rather than a brand-new design," the post said. "And that will make it a questionable buy for all but the most iPhone-addicted Verizon customers."
Consumer Reports lists three flaws with the iPhone 4 that should give people pause: no 4G capability; a slower processor than some of the newer smartphones; a smaller screen than those for the smartphone brands that were announced at last week's Consumer Electronics show. Without a refresh, Consumer Reports said, the Verizon iPhone is really nothing new or exciting. The post also expressed concern over whether Verizon's network can really handle so many iPhones.
That question has been floated before, particularly after the Wall Street Journal reported that Verizon will be offering an unlimited data plan for iPhone users. AT&T spokesman Larry Solomon mocked that decision and said that if that is the case, iPhone users on the Verizon network should prepare for "life in the slow lane."
Analysts told the Wall Street Journal in an article Tuesday morning that they expect AT&T to launch an aggressive marketing campaign to keep its customers. The Dallas-based company has already slashed the price of the iPhone 3GS to $49.
iPhone fans: Will you be switching to Verizon? Has AT&T's network kept from buying the phone? Do you think AT&T's new price point can lure new customers?
And don't forget: Rob Pegoraro is in New York and will be live-blogging from the event. So check back here for his latest updates and insights at 11 a.m.
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