Half of Current Verizon Customers Jonesing for the iPhone

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It's hard to say if this new report is worse for AT&T or for the Android smartphone platform. A report by market research firm Morplace indicates that more than half of current Verizon customers are at least "somewhat likely" to purchase a Verizon iPhone if such were to be offered.

It makes sense that current Verizon customers would be the group most likely to buy a Verizon iPhone. After all, they wouldn't have to change carriers which, although not that difficult to do, can be expensive for those with a family plan and multiple phones.

The report, which surveyed 1,000 people, said that 51 percent of current Verizon customers would be at least "somewhat likely" to purchase a Verizon iPhone, while 22 percent of Sprint and 20 percent of T-Mobile customers would possibly switch carriers. Among AT&T customers, 23 percent would be interested.

Meanwhile, of those currently with an iPhone, 47 percent would consider switching to a Verizon iPhone, and 34 percent are currently holding off on upgrading their iPhone in anticipation of a Verizon version.

The report goes on to indicate that Android smartphone sales might be affected by a Verizon iPhone, and there are still questions as to whether or not the Verizon 3G network would be able to handle the iPhone any better than AT&T's oft-criticized network.  Despite this, most of those who have wanted to see a Verizon iPhone have assumed, or perhaps hoped, that the Verizon network would be up to the task.

The future of unlimited vs. tiered data plans is another issue to be dealt with, the report goes on to add.
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rapid1 replied on Mon, Aug 16 2010 9:12 AM

The way Verizon roll's out there network is quite different from any other US carrier though. In general they use a much wider path, and generally also pre-plan more realistically for a wider coverage path. In a tiered network like a wireless or cellular one this not only adds up to a greater coverage map, it also equals more backbone. This adds to general stability, and also leaves the network with a much more vibrant and resilient over all network. So if you have something like an iPhone specifically which garners a lot of your networks capabilities the effects are lessened or covered for by the unused space within it (the network).

As an example use New york or Frisco, the network in either of these area's on At&t's network obviously shows its weakness. However; on Verizon's network, the excess network space (and network backbone afforded it by there larger Fiber backbone), would then be able to use unused network capabilities in near by, but as yet unused network space. So downtown is at stressed capacity for either city so are the suburbs. Rather than dropping calls though the network can grab a quarter of Hoboken or Union cities bandwidth, this would release the stress on the higher trafficked network areas.

Not only would it make the network more stable in general, It will also reduce network stress in a general way. This will make the equipment last longer, and cost less to maintain, it also reduces man hour costs. These things make the company a greater percentage of money in a much wider aspect. Then even besides this the larger a true high speed network is (and Verizon's is probably the largest or at least one of in the US) the more excess you have. This enables you to manage actively you traffic.

This is one of the reasons Verizon says they are expanding there Rural coverage even more. When you have network excess in something like Fiber Optic which is now on at least the fourth version of capabilities not only is speed enhanced so is distance. So you can use areas 150 miles or more outside of any larger market or network traffic area to do the same. This makes these lower user, and usage areas of a network more financially viable, therefore in the end making the company more money, and allowing them greater recognition as well as functionality.

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realneil replied on Mon, Aug 16 2010 10:07 PM

I haven't tried either Droid or the iPhone. But I'm not in a good service area for either AT&T or Verizon. Sprint is the dominant carrier around here and doing business with them is a form of flagellation at best. (dirty-dog ripoff artists) I've been out of contract with them for years but wouldn't consider going back into one with them again. So I bought a few extra second hand Razors from E-Bay for jack-nothing and can transfer my little chip to the other phones if the first one dies. So far it just works and I use it for just calls. I'm happy with the situation too.

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Aug 17 2010 9:54 AM

If Verizon users really want an iPhone and are willing to pay for one. they could get a Verizon MiFi device and pair it to an AT&T iPhone then their iPhone would be on Verizon's network.

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