Verizon Gets the iPhone – A Win for AT&T Customers
The Wall Street Journal wrote the other week that Apple is going to release an iPhone on Verizon’s network. As an AT&T customer and an avid iPhone user, I am ecstatic that AT&T will lose its exclusivity soon. Goodbye crappy AT&T service! Hello mediocre AT&T service!
I don’t intend on switching carriers. Since the release of the iPhone in 2007, the dropped calls have increased and coverage can be spotty at best, especially in iPhone-centric San Francisco, but I’ve endured. I’d much rather have the iPhone with poor reception, than no iPhone at all.
What most people don’t realize is that the Apple-Verizon partnership is going to help relieve the AT&T network, while heavily increasing data usage on Verizon. iPhone users consume a lot of data. And by a lot, I mean about five times more than the average Blackberry user. According to a study by Validas in February 2010, the average iPhone user consumes 273 MBs of data per month, compared to 54MBs for Blackberry users and 150 MBs for other brands of smart phones.
Furthermore, the release of Droid X, the iPhone’s first true competitor, is going to test out the Verizon’s network, especially since the device is made for video, according to Verizon executive vice president, John Stratton. The addition of the iPhone to Verizon will push the limits of the wireless carrier’s network, causing an AT&T-like effect where quality of overall service will erode quickly. AT&T on the other hand will be losing customers, which will increase bandwidth and network strength.
This is a big win for AT&T customers and even for AT&T, because AT&T’s lost revenue will be a direct investment into hurting Verizon’s strongest asset – its network – ultimately tarnishing its brand. I can’t wait for the Luke Wilson commercial!