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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. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      whoever leaves, good for them. hope things get better. my experience is just fine.
    1. hacker555's Avatar
      hacker555 -
      Im gonna be a little harsh now but,

      Whoever wrote this is an Absolute Moron. Do you really think 40% of iphone users will leave AT&T?? Can your small brain actual fathom how large of a percent that is? from a buisness standpoint id say anything over 5-15% is impossible. Not unlikely, impossible. AT&T wouldnt allow it, since they would have to take a astronomical profit hit if they did.

      I cant even continue to explain how absurd this is.


      AT&T is THE second* LARGEST Mobile network, To loose 40% of you main customers ( iphone customers) is ridiculous.

      PLEASE STOP POSTING RIDICULOUS ARTICLES LIKE THIS,again
      PLEASE STOP POSTING RIDICULOUS ARTICLES LIKE THIS, you clearly know nothing about business and you are only fueling further rumor whores.

      sorry if that was mean but people really need to start to wake up
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      AT&T is actually second but yeah this article is complete bananas.
    1. dillonsmith9147's Avatar
      dillonsmith9147 -
      Quote Originally Posted by monadzback View Post
      I have been getting about 7 dropped calls a day now. So has everyone else in my area of KY.
      I seroiuisly think AT&T hates KY and IL
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dillonsmith9147 View Post
      I seroiuisly think AT&T hates KY and IL
      I don't think At&t hates those areas I think most of the problems especially in KY is the mountains... just drove through there on I-75 and lost 3G and edge at times going through... KY was one and Tennessee was the other one..
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
      I think people
      hate AT&T for so
      ilar reasons as to why they hate Microsoft. I believe it is all about image... Do to
      having bad service years ago, they became known as "the bad guy"... Now that they have fixed almost all their problems (or at least on par or better than VZ or anyone else). People still see them as "the worst carrier"....it's just not true. I really thi k it's a image and advertising problem that AT&T has to deal with. Oh, and one other thing, yes it would be a brilliant business choice for Steve jobs to bring the iPhone to verizon, but it's Steve Jobs... Is everyone forgetting Verizon completely rejected Steve jobs baby, then AT&T picked it up. We know how personal Steve takes things, for verizon to have done that to jobs is reason enough jobs would never let verizon have the iPhone!!!! It's Steve jobs!! Look what he's doing to adobe!!

      Sry for the typos above....at work, no time to spell check!



      I agree with you totally. Ive never had a dropped call with AT&T at all believe it or not. There customer service is awesome while VERIZONS CUSTOMER SERVICE IS NON-EXSISTENT. I always have awesome speeds and coverage while my friends droid incredible lags behind my speeds with att terribly. He gets one bar where i get full bars. I bet half the people who voted are not even with AT&T there just haters on Verizon that want, but wont get the iPhone. DREAM ON VERIZON CUSTOMERS!!!! MUHAHAHHAAHHA YOULL NEVER GET MY APPLE!!! NEVER!!!!
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by hacker555 View Post
      Im gonna be a little harsh now but,

      Whoever wrote this is an Absolute Moron. Do you really think 40% of iphone users will leave AT&T?? Can your small brain actual fathom how large of a percent that is? from a buisness standpoint id say anything over 5-15% is impossible. Not unlikely, impossible. AT&T wouldnt allow it, since they would have to take a astronomical profit hit if they did.

      I cant even continue to explain how absurd this is.


      AT&T is THE second* LARGEST Mobile network, To loose 40% of you main customers ( iphone customers) is ridiculous.

      PLEASE STOP POSTING RIDICULOUS ARTICLES LIKE THIS,again
      PLEASE STOP POSTING RIDICULOUS ARTICLES LIKE THIS, you clearly know nothing about business and you are only fueling further rumor whores.

      sorry if that was mean but people really need to start to wake up
      AT&T wont let them leave?? Yeah Im sure AT&T is going to hold a gun to each and every person's head that tries to cancel their service.

      Im not saying it would or wouldnt happen...in fact I also believe it is 99% not true, but the fact is.....There is NOTHING AT&T can do about it. If someone wants to switch to Verizon they will.
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
      AT&T wont let them leave?? Yeah Im sure AT&T is going to hold a gun to each and every person's head that tries to cancel their service.

      Im not saying it would or wouldnt happen, but the fact is.....There is NOTHING AT&T can do about it. If someone wants to switch to Verizon they will.

      he is actually right. AND MORE THAN HALF THOSE PEOPLE ARNT EVEN ON ATT AND ARE JUST TRYING TO MAKE THE NUMBERS HIGHER!!! Not everyone will pay 200 dollars and switch more people have good service with them than bad. Go to verizon and try to talk to their reps or customer service there non-exsistent and will just try to talk against your point.
      You- "I heard that (something) on the iPhone is better than the droid"
      Verizon Rep- "Whoever told you that is an absolute liar. The droid has the fastest browser in all the phones"
      You- "But i didnt ask about the browser"

      This actually happends to a friend of mines and than she went and compared the two and the iPhone was significantly faster

      THEN YOUR DROID DOSENT TURN ON!!!!

      You- "Hi! I was calling because my Droid wont turn on and I tried to charge and power it on but it wont."
      Verizon Rep- "Sir, Did you try to charge it or hold the red power button?"
      You- "Yes I did already, what should i do?"
      Verizon Rep- "Well theres nothing I can do about it. You probably dropped it or something happend"
      You- You look at your phone and see that it has NO scratches dents water marks and looks like it is in perfect condition."BUT"
      Verizon Rep-"Thank You for calling, have a great day"
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      @iPhone?3gs I tottaly agree with you about the bad images of microsoft and AT&T
    1. Garland106's Avatar
      Garland106 -
      You- "Hi! I was calling because my Droid wont turn on and I tried to charge and power it on but it wont."
      Verizon Rep- "Sir, Did you try to charge it or hold the red power button?"
      You- "Yes I did already, what should i do?"
      Verizon Rep- "Well theres nothing I can do about it. You probably dropped it or something happend"
      You- You look at your phone and see that it has NO scratches dents water marks and looks like it is in perfect condition."BUT"
      Verizon Rep-"Thank You for calling, have a great day"
      omg verizon srsly did that too me with my droid...
      i had to go to the store and they replaced it for me after
      30 minutes of arguing
    1. Spudski's Avatar
      Spudski -
      I'm not surprised. Kudos for the people who've dropped AT&T.
    1. LSxPwrdZ's Avatar
      LSxPwrdZ -
      I'm also in CKY and would switch in a heartbeat! I'm sick of AT&T ********! Plus the bill is stupid high for 2 iPhones that get ****** service!
    1. geoffe's Avatar
      geoffe -
      I am in Northern Michigan and I am very happy with my service and have been since AT&T bought out Cingular which I was with for a few years.
    1. Riviera's Avatar
      Riviera -
      The more the better - the sooner the better.
      Then we'll have less drop calls & faster data service for us who love AT&T