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Posted at 3:18 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Verizon iPhone: Will you buy it?

By Washington Post Editors

It's official: Customers whose only option for iPhone service for the last five years has been with AT&T will be able to buy a Verizon version of the popular Apple smartphone next month.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 11, 2011; 3:18 PM ET
Categories:  Apple, Mobile  
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I've had ZERO operational issues with my iPhone or with dropped calls. And AT&T customer service has been pretty good anytime I've ever needed to change things with my billing, or to get voicemail passwords reset, etc. So, if all y'all want to drop Ma Bell and go running off to "Can You Hear Me Now?", that's fine by me -- more network bandwidth for me to luxuriate in while browsing/reading AND talking at the same time (which you STILL won't be able to do on a Verizon iPhone for quite a while).

Rethink the possibilities. :)

Posted by: TomCadorette | January 11, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I keep hearing all the speculation that att says verizon is the slow network. The only city att is faster in is Boston. Verizon covers nearly 80 of their coverage area with 3g. Att, maybe 15. I had att for years with the iphone. continued drop calls, but lack of 3g coverage. Att only covers 3g in large cities, which means theres only 2g everywhere else.

You just need to look at who spends the money to continue building their coverage. In a year or so Verizon will have 4g in more areas than att has 3g. For someone like me who doesn't live in a somewhat large city the choice is easy.

Posted by: westo1mj | January 11, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I plan to buy at least one iPhone, but am already a Verizon customer, so none of the choices apply to me.

Thought about leaving Verizon, but the cancellation fees are steep, particularly with four phone lines on the contract. I do wish the cell phone industry was more consumer friendly!

Posted by: teamn | January 11, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

What a lot of people don't understand is the discounted phones with a contract are subsidized. The basic company for a top of the line phone loses out on $350 off the bat. These are made up for thru the plans. Breaking a contract, the company would lose out on the recouping their loses, and people would just leave whenever something small made them mad. Like someone who has a broken phone with no insurance and no upgrade. This is the only industry people expect free stuff in.

Posted by: westo1mj | January 11, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm sick of the iPhone hype and complaining about AT&T. I have had AT&T for years, many different phones (mostly Blackberry), and almost NEVER have problems with network - sometimes data gets slow, but phone quality is much better than tinny Verizon and reliable. I think that Apple screwed the pooch on the design of the antenna for years and AT&T is taking the blame, because the Apple fanboys can't imagine that Jobs and Company can do no wrong.

All I have to say is, have fun Verizon, watch your face start to get dragged in the mud, although when people have problems with their Verizon iPhones AT&T won't get any credit.

Posted by: ssolomo | January 11, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Contract is up next week, but I'm leaning toward staying with AT&T despite coverage issues... they'd seal the deal with a free (okay, heavily-discounted) upgrade to iPhone 5 in June.

Anybody know when carriers other than Verizon will be live throughout the Metro?

Posted by: airsix | January 11, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I have an Evo so I get 4G with Sprint. But really, 14 days return period and lack of 4G combined means (to me) buyers' remorse without recourse

Posted by: slackermom | January 11, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I figure when the crowds abandon AT&T for Verizon, overloading their system, that's the time to get an AT&T iPhone. Based on my experience with a Verizon smartphone and an AT&T iPad, Verizon's service is way worse!

Posted by: jeh1 | January 11, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Where's the answer for those of us who don't feel the need to shell out lots of money each month for a smartphone? It's neat technology, sure, but for me it's not worth the money.

Posted by: wombatua | January 11, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I had the same question as wombatua. Your poll excludes us. Smartphone features aren't worth the extra money.

Posted by: Ghak | January 11, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Cool as the iPhone may be, ultimately I have a smartphone because I need a tool to perform certain functions and my Motorola Droid works just fine for what I need - except for one. My next purchase will be a Droid World Phone because I'd like just ONE phone rather than have to have a second for using the GSM networks outside the US. Even the iPhone on Verizon won't help this.

Posted by: WordGuy | January 11, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Virgin Mobile. Samsung Intercept. $26.20/month after tax for unlimited data and 300min of calling.

I don't feel the need to be contractually-bound to 3x that rate for a period of years.

Posted by: random-adam | January 11, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

If I were willing to use Verizon I certainly would. Having dealt with their customer service, I never will again. I'm on my 3rd AT&T iPhone, and I'm content to stay.

Posted by: ippolit | January 11, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I have a Windows Phone 7 (Samsung Focus) after owning an iPhone 3G for two years. Frankly the Windows Phone is significantly better as a phone than the iPhone is (better sound, no dropped calls so far). I'm not sure the problems people have are related to AT&T or if they're the iPhone itself.

I suspect that the new Verizon iPhone will suffer similar or different issues and the choice will be between one set of problems or another. It won't matter.

My recommendation is not to assume the iPhone is the best phone anymore. There are a lot of really great smartphones now.

Posted by: davidcornelson | January 11, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye AT&T. If you use your cell phone for work or business, being on AT&T does not make sense (at least in the DC metro area). Their service is as good as using empty cans strung with a rope.

Posted by: samiismoni14 | January 11, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Our company has a corporate AT&T contract, which is how I got my iPhone. Our family has a Verizon contract; overall I believe Verizon provides better service in the ares I travel. If I had a choice I'd switch to Verizon but that isn't an option. One of our lines is an Android phone (LG Ally) and its user has been happy with it so far. So for us the whole matter is moot for 2+ years.

Posted by: Richard-in-PA | January 11, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to wait for a usable LTE phone that comes with an affordable data plan and the ability to use it internationally, since LTE seems likely to be the international 4G standard. While Verizon's coverage and performance may be superior to AT&T's, the cost of changing is too high, including both the AT&T penalty and the 2 year commitment to the 3G ViPhone, which adds up to at least $2500, including the cancellation charge, the price of the ViPhone, and the $80/month minimum for Verizon's service.

My experience with American mobile carriers is that they are all far inferior to what is available in other developed countries, and usually inferior to what is available in many developing countries. So I'll stick it out with what I have until I can buy an iPhone 5, a Sony Xperia, or some other 4G LTE device that runs on a *real* 4G network.

Posted by: bluevoter1 | January 12, 2011 3:17 AM | Report abuse

I would switch to Verizon if they offered a significantly cheaper data plan. But the iPhone 4 works ok on att.

Posted by: scientist1 | January 12, 2011 3:52 AM | Report abuse

No choice for me in your poll. I'll stick with my $15/month Net 10 phone.

Posted by: GaryJean | January 12, 2011 7:48 AM | Report abuse

What mythical problems with AT&T are people talking about? Never used anyone else other than AT&T, and never will.

Superior customer service by both AT&T and Apple, no coverage problem, why would I switch?

Posted by: Maya2 | January 12, 2011 7:50 AM | Report abuse

You just need to look at who spends the money to continue building their coverage. In a year or so Verizon will have 4g in more areas than att has 3g. For someone like me who doesn't live in a somewhat large city the choice is easy.

Posted by: westo1mj
Unfortunately, the Verizon iPhone will not be able to utilize that 4G network.

Posted by: lgaide | January 12, 2011 8:08 AM | Report abuse

No and I'm a Verizon employee and can get a discount. Android phones are superior and should be the future. Verizon rushed the iPhone out on old network. Not going to take the bait.

Posted by: davidwg46 | January 12, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm not currently a user of either AT&T or Verizon, but since I travel out of country often enough to consider the technology of the phone I use, I wouldn't consider Verizon because their cell technology (CDMA) doesn't work in the European countries that I travel to most often, while the technology used by AT&T, GSM, does. AT&T may have problems on GSM locally (I don't really have any experience with that), but that isn't reflective of the type of network that they use and GSM is used in 80% of the world. I would greatly appreciate if Apple would license the iPhone to other providers that use GSM, such as T-Mobile.

Posted by: ArlingtonSMP | January 12, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Some years ago I purchased my Verizon contract at great cost to discontinue my contract because of unacceptable customer service support - it was really bad.

Switched to AT&T and after several different phones, eventually got a iPhone last year. I've never been happier with my provider and my phone.

Dropped service experience is limited; I'd rather have dropped service than abusive, customer service representatives.

Posted by: rkr1857 | January 12, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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