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Well, in THEORY, at least

Looks like AT&T has decided to fight the Verizon iPhone by pointing out how Verizon doesn’t let you talk and surf at the same time. Of course, they neglect to mention that quite often you can’t talk on AT&T PERIOD…

But all AT&T bashing aside, I have yet to see any real reason why an AT&T customer would switch to Verizon. Maybe it’s just that I have no friends and rarely, if ever, use my iPhone to make an actual phone call, but I DO do a fair amount of driving while listening to internet radio, and I honestly have NEVER lost a connection. I can only assume that means I wouldn’t have dropped a call either. But even if I did have somewhat spotty reception, given I mainly communicate via text and e-mail anyway, I wouldn’t trade the ability to talk and surf, 4x data speed, no throttling of speed and no limit of data for Verizon’s more robust cell coverage.

6 Responses to “Well, in THEORY, at least”
  1. Shahar says:

    I’m not sure that you assumption is correct about not losing a call because you have not lost an internet radio connection. I am pretty sure that radio streamed over an internet connection is buffered in a way that if you lose a connection for a couple of seconds nothing happens but calls cannot be buffered this way without causing significant delays.
    I assume this because I experience a half minute delay between my FM radio and the over the net streamed version on my iPhone and I have gone through places that I always lose a call there but not always the streamed radio. I guess it depends on how fast I am going vs. how far ahead the stream is buffered.

  2. Garanimal says:

    Blah blah blah… The phone is a nice phone & I agree that no one is gonna break a contract & pay again for the same great phone. This is just a boring ball kicking contest for carrier execs & nerds. No one cares enough about one benefit/feature over another to pay fines, learn to decrypt a new phone bill and chance changing their number because of a half-wit commercia (get those Geico cavemen to make one and then were interested). Tech consumers are a little more savvy with tgeir cash than given credit.

    Bottom line anyone who was holding out for a verizon iPhone gets one now, everyone else already has one…

    -sent from my iPhone!

  3. Mike says:

    I have 1 or 2 bars in the places I typically visit. This makes the phone almost useless as a low strength signal means slow connection (regardless of congestion from other users). My wife pre-ordered a verizon iPhone and if the signal is good at the places I go, I will wait until the iPhone 5 comes out and definitely pay to break my contract (a full year early). I can afford the cost and the phone currently is embarrassingly useless most of the time. Being tech savvy means knowing when something better has come along. At least in my area, AT&T is horrible. I was in Chicago last year and was getting 4 and 5 bars everywhere so signal strength really is location dependent.

  4. Eric says:

    I’m switching from an AT&T iPhone 4 to the Verizon one. For one, I can sell my gsm iPhone on eBay and get all the money I spent back. I have poor AT&T edge only where I live and work. It was better than nothing, but it was only temporary until they either beefed up their network here, or Verizon got the iPhone. Guess which one happens first. Goodbye AT&T. Even if I couldn’t get the money back for my early termination fee, it would still be worth it.

  5. Min says:

    I guess it’s all depends on where you live. If you get better signal on AT&T at your area, then get AT&Tone. If not, get Verizon one. It’s that simple.

  6. Jonro says:

    For now, it really comes down to two things: If you’re a current Verizon subscriber, you’ll probably stick with Verizon. If you’re an AT&T subscriber with poor voice service, you might switch to Verizon. The real battle between the carriers probably won’t occur until the iPhone 5 is released and 4G networks are more widely available.

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