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  • 23% of AT&T Users Would Switch to Verizon: Survey


    One out of every four iPhone users would switch to Verizon if they could, according to a new survey by investment bank Credit Suisse. As the Business Insider reports today, 23% of iPhone users surveyed at AT&T - which adds up to about 1.4 million people - would jump ship to Verizon, though almost all but 3% of them would wait until their AT&T contract expires rather than pay up to $325 in "early termination" fees.

    Apple and Verizon have reportedly been in talks over the iPhone for more than a year. And as Michael reported this morning, there are fresh indications out of the East Asia supply chain that a CDMA variant of the iPhone is in the works. Since the current iPhone 4, as well as all previous models, works only on networks that support the GSM standard, hardware changes would be required for the phone to work on Verizon's CDMA2000 network. Apple also recently took out a patent for an external transceiver that would allow iPhones to access a second network.

    Credit Suisse's survey also found that only 20% of iPhone users on AT&T consider their phone service to be satisfactory, and only 26% think the service will ever improve. 28% customers would bag on AT&T, choosing Verizon (23%), Sprint (3%) or T-Mobile (2%). And a survey done of Verizon customers back in May of this year found that almost half of them - as many as 8.1 million - would be interested in buying an iPhone when (if) it becomes available with their carrier.

    Source: Electronista
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 23% of AT&T Users Would Switch to Verizon: Survey started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 78 Comments
    1. Patato22's Avatar
      Patato22 -
      Verizon sucks to much money
    1. monadzback's Avatar
      monadzback -
      Att in lexington ky is horrible. Me and my wife had the i4 and loved it. Then att started sucking. We sold our i4's for 1400 and bought an evo and an epic on sprint and haven't looked back not one dropped call. At t dropped at least 10 a day.
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      nah, i would rather be able to browse safari while pretending to listen to my girlfriend blabbing on about pointless **** during a phone call. that would NEVER happen on verizon....
      AT&T FTW =]
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Gee, I wonder how many would switch after you tell them that they will have to buy a new iPhone since their existing iPhone will NOT work on Verizon...

      Quote Originally Posted by zeroskater61 View Post
      Am with AT&T

      But I also heard the rumors about verizon calling off there unlimited plan from my friend who is on the verizon network.

      But if that's true, you would think why??
      well think about it... If verizon did get the iPhone how many ppl do you think would be using up that unlimited data plan to it's fullest??

      I for one know I used my AT&T iPhone unlimited data plan to it's fullest! I mean I was paying for it so why not put it to use right.


      So if verizon did get the iPhone I think they would kill the unlimited data plans for this reason!! To either ease the use of there network or simply just make money. ( $$$$ )
      They've already killed off their unlimited plans. See Verizon Wireless - Mobile Broadband - Plans

      Honestly though, their "unlimited" plan was never really unlimited to begin with, they had a 5GB soft cap that when exceeded would cost extra, same as AT&T.

      Quote Originally Posted by neonsector View Post
      It will be a dumb move to give verizon an iPhone which I doubt they will, there have been reports that they don't care about iPhones and that they are happy with their droid lineup. Sprint will be the beat consumer choice, they have the best plans and the network to handle the iPhone traffic
      The same Sprint that charges you an extra $9.99/mo for 4G service if you have a 4G-capable phone, even if 4G is not available in your area. Yeah, much better for consumers...
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Hey...it couldn't be any worse switching to Verizon over AT&T !?!
      This is why I mentioned in a previous reply that ATT would be smart to let 3G or 3GS owners trade up to an IPhone4 before their contract is up. That way ATT gets to keep some of their customer base.
    1. Patato22's Avatar
      Patato22 -
      Ok AT&T & verizon sucks to much $ lol i use simple mobile from t-mobile for 4 months now and never have q drop call neverrrrrrrrrr neverrrrrrrrrr a drop call all for 60 dollar all unlimited!


      They are boths to expensive one more than the other one soo ( everyone has a different experiense )
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      Gee, I wonder how many would switch after you tell them that they will have to buy a new iPhone since their existing iPhone will NOT work on Verizon...
      I don't think most people have really thought about what they would need to do in order to switch. Especially what they would have to give up, i.e. their unlimited data on AT&T if they were grandfathered in.

      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      Honestly though, their "unlimited" plan was never really unlimited to begin with, they had a 5GB soft cap that when exceeded would cost extra, same as AT&T.
      No such thing as "FREE" or "UNLIMITED" in the business world. There's always a hidden rule or fee...

      Quote Originally Posted by thevmax View Post
      Hey...it couldn't be any worse switching to Verizon over AT&T !?!
      This is why I mentioned in a previous reply that ATT would be smart to let 3G or 3GS owners trade up to an IPhone4 before their contract is up. That way ATT gets to keep some of their customer base.
      That's exactly why Apple was allowing 3GS owners to trade in their iPhones at the store for the iPhone 4 and Radio Shack was paying you $100/$200 for your 3G/3GS. Very smart since no one wants to pay $325 to terminate early, buy an additional CDMA iPhone and give up "unlimited" data.
    1. liquidzoo's Avatar
      liquidzoo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      They've already killed off their unlimited plans. See Verizon Wireless - Mobile Broadband - Plans
      That's for laptop cards. Look on the Right Hand side of the page here: Unlimited Family Cell Phone Plans - Verizon Wireless They still have the Unlimited plan. I believe I did read here (when I was on Verizon and had a Droid) that someone from VZW had confirmed they were dropping the Unlimited plan. There was some speculation that those who were Grandfathered into the Unlimited plan would have to change (and thus lose that plan) if they upgraded their phone.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      CDMA?!? Ummm. NO not for me. Perhaps if we were in the 1990's or if I never traveled. I'm part of the 77%. I like options and CDMA Gives none of thoes. SIM card all the way. No need to unlock a CDMA phone. Expecially a smart phone.
    1. monadzback's Avatar
      monadzback -
      At t charges for 3g in non 3g areas. Same as sprint with 4g. Remember when going from original iphone to the 3g? Had to switch to a 3g plan. Even with no 3g coverage
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      True, then you'll have to move to a 3G covered area or not get AT&T :P

      I still think paying for data with a 3G plan but not having 3G coverage is cheaper than getting Verizon's data plan. I'm still not over the 25MB for $9.99 thing, lol.
    1. liquidzoo's Avatar
      liquidzoo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anniex423 View Post
      True, then you'll have to move to a 3G covered area or not get AT&T :P

      I still think paying for data with a 3G plan but not having 3G coverage is cheaper than getting Verizon's data plan. I'm still not over the 25MB for $9.99 thing, lol.
      That 25MB for $10 deal is only for non-smartphones. You want a Droid or a Blackberry, you have no option but the $30 unlimited plan (or the $45 unlimited business plan).
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I've got a Verizon Palm Pre with free 3G tethering and unlimited data for the next year and a half, and combined with a 4th gen iPod Touch, there's really no reason for me to spend $1400+ on an iPhone 4.

      The iPhone 5, on the other hand...
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Lol now everyone is saying they love AT&T but yeah I agree I have had AT&T for 15 years now and I have had no problems with them. The bills are a little expensive sometimes but with their data speeds and since I'm grandfathered in to the unlimited data plan I think it's worth it. And they are getting 4G next year... is verizon? I don't think so.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by liquidzoo View Post
      That 25MB for $10 deal is only for non-smartphones. You want a Droid or a Blackberry, you have no option but the $30 unlimited plan (or the $45 unlimited business plan).
      Does that change the fact that it's still expensive?
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anniex423 View Post
      Does that change the fact that it's still expensive?
      nope not to mention their stingy when it comes to discounts.
    1. liquidzoo's Avatar
      liquidzoo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      And they are getting 4G next year... is verizon? I don't think so.
      Verizon is rolling out 4G in 30 markets (even though I heard 70 initially) in January.

      AT&T won't roll theirs out until mid-year (possibly coinciding with the iPhone 5).
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      Not to mention you can't use the internet while in a call on Verizon. When I'm talking to a buddy with his Droid, I can look up anything we are talking about. He has to end the call to do that.
    1. mmurphmsu's Avatar
      mmurphmsu -
      Let them leave if they want. More bandwidth for use.
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Next June we'll have 4G networks rolling out, and a 4G enabled iPhone, and I'm in Dallas. Besides,

      VZW has WAY slower data speeds, NO simultaneous voice and data, and if the VZW iPhone doesn't have VZW's horrible SH*T spammed all over it (Vcast VZNavigator, ect, ect, ect), it would be the FIRST VZW device ever that doesn't. It's possible that they'll give to Apple on the crapware though. I mean, VZW would hand wash Steve Job's turtlenecks and tighty whiteys to get an iPhone. They aren't in a position to make any demands.

      I'm grandfathered and happy. I've had both, they both drop calls. Period. I'll stay.