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  • 40% Would Leave AT&T for Verizon: Report


    As rumors swirl about AT&T's long anticipated loss of its iPhone exclusivity deal, one Wall Street analyst has warned that the carrier could lose 40% of its iPhone customers to a second carrier. And though pretty much everyone assumes that second carrier will be Verizon, a new (totally unsubstantiated, of course) rumor has turned up suggesting that Sprint, the nation's #3 wireless carrier after AT&T and Verizon, and AT&T may get the phone.

    As many as 6 million of AT&T’s 15 million iPhone customers would leave if they had another option, according to a Barron's report highlighted by Cult of Mac. Davenport & Co. analyst F. Drake Johnstone told his customers that the carrier is obviously rattled by something it is hearing from its iPhone partner, and that this is the reason why we're seeing steps like AT&T jacking the early termination fee for iPhone customers from $175 to $325. Johnstone says that “AT&T is clearly worried that it will lose customers once a competing carrier such as Verizon begins carrying the iPhone."

    In addition to defectors from AT&T, current Verizon customers are a potential huge market for Apple if it ever produces a phone compatible with Verizon's CDMA2000 network. A survey done by Alphawise for financial giant Morgan Stanley found that 17% of Verizon customers would be “very likely” to purchase an iPhone if they could do so without switching carriers. Persistent - though completely unverified- reports indicate that even if Apple does make a CDMA-capable iPhone, it won't be available until later this year, possibly in September.

    However, a fresh rumor reminds us that there is more than one big CDMA carrier in the United States. In a report that should be taken with about a metric ton of salt, TheTechUpdate (via MacRumors and pretty much everywhere else) is reporting that they got an email from a Best Buy employee claiming that the iPhone will be available on Sprint next month. "I can confirm that Sprint will be carrying the iPhone beginning in June," the email from someone at "a Best Buy in Pennsylvania" reads, claiming that "[t]hey’ve begun to grease the wheels for advertising." MacRumors points out that it's pretty unlikely that a Best Buy employee would have this kind of inside information, but also notes that they've heard "similar rumblings from a Sprint-connected source." It does make a kind of sense: if Apple's going to go to the trouble of making an entirely separate model, they're probably not going to do it just for Verizon.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 40% Would Leave AT&T for Verizon: Report started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 94 Comments
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      a lot of your complaints prolly has more to do with the iphone than att...
    1. Oddphone's Avatar
      Oddphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikey1027 View Post
      If you live in an area where AT&T has strong coverage then quality is great and if you live in an area where AT&T does not have great coverage then the quality will be poor. People should stop choosing a cell phone carrier based on the phones that they offer and choose based on the area you live in and which company has the best service. If you switched carriers just to get the iPhone, then deal with it or switch back and find a different phone. I've had the AT&T for the past 5 years and had the same quality of service before and after the release of the iphone.
      I agree... Ive had all(at&t,verizon,sprint, and tmobile) they all have dead spots. This is just a case of the grass is greener on the other side. Believe it or not but at&t has the newest system,that is ultimately a faster network- this is fact not opinion. Am I the only one that knows (read)at&t is ramping up their 3g to 15mbs? Their current max is 7.2mbs. And yes I have a verizon mifi and its speeds are not on par with my iphones(at&t).When I do speed tests a lot of the time at&t doubles verizon. Now add 5-10 million iphones and see what happens. Good luck.
    1. jrlrule's Avatar
      jrlrule -
      AT&T works amazing for me here in Dallas, but it would just suck if the iphone discontinues for att
    1. jadedmonkey28's Avatar
      jadedmonkey28 -
      I live in Atlanta and the coverage has been great and bad at times. If 6 million people leave thou coverage will be AWESOME!!!!! Course if they all go to Verizon then V's net work will suck, its true don't deny it. No company can say were gonna add 6 mill over night and not miss a beat. 6 Million leaving will only provide better coverage and bandwidth for those who stay
    1. hungquocle's Avatar
      hungquocle -
      I would never switch to Verizon..no matter what ... why? because when you buy a cheap smartphone on craiglist and try to activate the phone Verizon will automatically add $30 data plan to your phone...wtf???? simply because u're using CDMA they force you to pay extra $30 even you haven't sign any contract with them. But with AT&T,Tmobile they can't
    1. metaldude's Avatar
      metaldude -
      At&t kicks Verizon's *** in Indianapolis! The only time there's a dropped call is if I'm talking to a friend who has Verizon. Hmmm....
    1. Squeaky369's Avatar
      Squeaky369 -
      Good God!

      Will you all shut the hell up!

      Verizon is not going to get the iPhone!

      Verizon's 3G network DOES NOT SUPPORT WEB/CALLS at the same time!

      These god damn rumors are horse ****, and they need to stop.

      Also; stop ******** about your service. Verizon's is just as bad!!

      Grow up.

      Verizon will NEVER get the iPhone!

      EVER!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by back9player View Post
      a lot of your complaints prolly has more to do with the iphone than att...
      This is a issue too. People that have had bad reception can get great reception by simply putting the sim in a cheap phone. Sometimes the phones are the problems themself.

      I am very happy with ATT and plan to stay. I know for a fact every place I travel within the US has 3G coverage because I go to them every year and never have issues with phone calls or data.
    1. xxscaxx's Avatar
      xxscaxx -
      i've noticed that i drop calls everytime im on the phone with someone else with an iphone. that is very annoying.
    1. toyotag's Avatar
      toyotag -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      No thanks... I love the fact that I can easy switch phones by swapping the sim-card!
      I agree with you; especially if you go overseas, it's real nice to put in that $10 local SIM card.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      I like it!!! If the amount of people leave att that claims they would then perhaps those of us that stay will have better service. Oh yeah I almost forgot...duh... I am JB/Unlocked... SWEET! thanks T-mobile your service is great both here and in your home country.
    1. toyotag's Avatar
      toyotag -
      Oh yeah, I'm JB too, but plan on switching to T-Mobile when two year contract is up; how's their data service?
    1. Teoyaomqui's Avatar
      Teoyaomqui -
      YES Y-nners Go AWAY. (yes am foreign cant spell)

      PLEASE Verizon is much better. Now Get the heck out!!!!!

      More bandwidth for us.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      I've had att for 5 years and I live in New York, long island (suburbs). So far I love there service and would NEVER leave them. FAST 3G Speeds and very little drop calls. PLUS, with Verizon you can't talk and brows the web at the same time, this is something I do a lot!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      At&T is suck but i got 25% service discounted thought work. Wanna leave but my hands r tight.
    1. screamforme02's Avatar
      screamforme02 -
      Pft I'm not signing a new contrat with no one I'll just continue to pay my bill and they can go eat a d with there new eft rates. They are both evil. But AT&T has been pretty good for the whole time iv had the iPhone since the first gen

      And why would you use a 3g iPhone on tmobile. Might as well get a 2g. Why would you want an iPhone on a network that you can't fully utilize it. Lame
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      The 3G is still slightly faster at stuff than the 2G. A 3GS is way faster at processing than a 2G so even if you miss out on the 3G data you still get the power.


      Why spend all that money on a Lotus if the speed limit is 65.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by saunupe1911 View Post
      Yeah AT&T sucks in Florida. It doesn't even work in the suburbs of Tampa. I have to shut my phone off when I visit.
      I will agree... I am 40 minutes north of Tampa and my service was awful when I was down there. However the good thing is At&t was very nice and while I was in Florida I didn't have to pay my bill for six months.

      At&t was very understanding and the good thing is they are putting two more towers in as well. However I feel at times that if your getting a lot of dropped calls and such it is the phone that is the problem not the service.

      As for changing.... I would wait awhile before I would change. I would want to see the pro's or con's from the people that changed...
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by knguyen View Post
      I live in Denver and I use AT&T. My coverage sucks balls here. The locations where I live and work rarely get a full signal, and I rarely see the 3G icon on my phone.
      Maybe it's just you..... I live in Co. and travel to Denver often and don't have any problems with reception and have never dropped a call in Denver.

      I'm going to echo what some others have said. IF at&t isn't working for you why would you be so stupid and keep it? All the beotching and whining about at&t can be easily solved.... SWITCH TO A DIFFERENT CARRIER!!
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      I get some dropped calls, but I don't know that Verizon will be better or not.

      too bad that by the time I know one way or the other, I'd be locked into a 2 year contract. fail.