Survey Suggests iPhone Users Ready to Jump AT&T's Ship

Even those of you who really have been living under a rock or in a cave are undoubtedly aware that Apple's iPhone is coming to Verizon. Some of you already have February 10, 2011 circled on your calendar, the day this long-anticipated partnership between Apple and Verizon will finally take place (existing Verizon customers can get their preorder in starting February 3, 2011). Others could care less. So how do AT&T subscribers feel?

According to a new survey by ChangeWave, many of AT&T's iPhone subscribes are ready to make the switch. Say what you want about Verizon's CDMA iPhone versus AT&T's GSM variant, some 26 percent of AT&T's Apple toting smartphone owners say they plan to switch to Verizon. Interesting, ChangeWave also noted a fairly large percentage of non-iPhone owners who expect to switch once their contract with AT&T expires.

"The weakening loyalty of AT&T wireless customers is directly attributable to the upcoming release of a Verizon iPhone," said Paul Carton, vice president of research at ChangeWave. "A total of 16 percent of AT&T subscribers say they'll switch to Verizon once it begins offering the iPhone. Another 23 percent say they don't know if they'll switch."

It will also be interesting to see what effect the iPhone has on Verizon's network. It's not hard to find users complaining of poor performance on AT&T's network, which many attribute to the number of iPhone subscribers clogging the airwaves. Is Verizon's network any better equipped to handle the increased traffic? We'll soon find out.