AT&T Rewards Those Who Didn't Run to Verizon With 1,000 Bonus Minutes
To get the bonus minutes, you just have to text "yes" to 11113020. Reportedly, AT&T iPhone owners are getting a text message sent to them telling them about the bonus minutes program. It seems that those without iPhones aren't getting the SMS, but they can still participate.
AT&T is, of course, concerned that many will leave for the "most reliable" pastures of Verizon and the Verizon iPhone once their contracts expire. Verizon doesn't have a rollover minute program, period, and it also doesn't have the unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling that just went into effect on AT&T's network. It does have a "Favorites" list an end user can use, with unlimited calls to those on the list.
However, Verizon does have one thing that Verizon iPhone reviewers have noticed: better call quality and less dropped calls. Ironically, for the nation's fastest 3G network (as AT&T claims), the return SMS says it will take up to 4 weeks for the minutes to be applied.