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  • Did You Leave Verizon for the iPhone?


    It appears that Verizon is worried that they missed out when they refused to be THE carrier for the iPhone back in 2007. There have been rumors since then that Verizon would be getting the iPhone but to date AT&T is still king.

    According to a Boy Genius report Verizon is trying to figure out exactly how many people it lost thanks to its iPhone mistake. In a survey sent out to previous Verizon customers the question “What could Verizon Wireless have offered to keep you as a customer?” is asked. Not surprisingly one of the possible answers to the question is "The iPhone."

    One question asking you if you left Verizon for the iPhone isn't enough. Verizon asks twice. "What is the PRIMARY REASON you chose your new carrier?" with the possible answer of "Wanted the iPhone."

    Two times not enough for you? Don't worry, Verizon asked about you and your iPhone three times in their one survey . . . .

    Since Verizon probably isn't going to share their poll results with us average Joes we are running our own poll!


    This article was originally published in forum thread: Did You Leave Verizon for the iPhone? started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 84 Comments
    1. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Wait, ATT lets you call 10 numbers without using your minutes? or are you referring to another carrier?
      Verizon does that now. Just like how T-Mobile does their "Fav-5"
    1. lostwhiteboyy's Avatar
      lostwhiteboyy -
      I also had the voyager when it first came out. To me it was deff verizon's best phone but imo the iPhone is way better. Any how my verizon worked every where untill i bought my new house and verizon's website said that they had coverage here. So i called and complained but they would give me a run around. "Well we are planning on building a new tower in your area." So i kept calling back and they said they were going to send a tech out to check my area, then to her surprise there was another complaint on my street. So they said well since it says we have coverage there and we stand by our word we can let you off of your contract for free (this all happened about 2yrs ago) and to me that was awesome cause. 1 i really wanted an iphone and 2 theres a at&t tower 200 yards away from my house so it worked out perfect and i actually have better signal every where i go with at&t. Plus i love being able to just switch sim cards and not having to call them every time i wanna use a different phone. I also told at&t that i got a 20% discount with verizon because of where i work but it was really only 17% so she said okay so where have you worked in the past? I told her i was in the military but now work for American water (which i was actually in the air force but no longer) so she asked me to show her proof. So i did and they gave me a 19% discount on my bill!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      That has to be one of the longest sentences I've ever seen and all without capitalisation....
    1. lostwhiteboyy's Avatar
      lostwhiteboyy -
      so sorry i didnt know i was in english class
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by lostwhiteboyy View Post
      so sorry i didnt know i was in english class
      Have you ever been to one?
      You make it very difficult for anyone to read what you write.
    1. lostwhiteboyy's Avatar
      lostwhiteboyy -
      Have you? You miss spelled a word.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      That's better - I can understand that. I have corrected my typo. Please accept my humble apologies.
    1. lostwhiteboyy's Avatar
      lostwhiteboyy -
      No problem Accepted! i just type fast and fix things later!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      My brain usually works faster than my fingers too - or is that the other way round?
    1. Applehacker777's Avatar
      Applehacker777 -
      yea i think they should get the iphone for verion :] that would be like the best...cuz verizon has good sevice but crappy phones...they should get the iphone 4g for verizon
    1. darklingwater's Avatar
      darklingwater -
      Heck yeah I left Verizon to get the iPhone! I had a 20% discount at Verizon and all of my friends had Verizon service. Now, I'm paying twice the amount a month and need extra minutes, but to me it is totally worth it to swap my crappy Chocolate for the iPhone. Also, at home ATT sways between zero signal and perfect signal within a 5 foot radius. Sucks. Verizon does have the best service avaliable in my area but I can deal with a few dropped calls just to be one of the people who get stopped with the question "OMG is that an iPhone?! Can I see it?" LOL

      Best move I ever made, even if it wound up being around $700 for the total switch.
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      95% of my friends have verizon as did i up until about beginning of October then switched to AT&T for the iPhone
    1. Anskiere's Avatar
      Anskiere -
      I dropped Verizon for my iPhone. I, too, had a 20% discount on my Verizon line but was more than happy to make the jump to AT&T. I had hardly any issues with Verizon until a few months after I closed my account (the contract was up when I closed, made sure I had nothing left to pay, etc.) a collection agency sent me a notice for $7. Yes, they sent me to collections for $7, without even trying to contact me first. Sure, they didn't have my new number, but obviously they knew my address!
    1. Envision86's Avatar
      Envision86 -
      I remember when the iPhone first came out, I was so disappointed that it wasn't on Verizon because I didn't want to change service. I was stupid and got the voyager thinking that it would be this amazing phone, I was partially wrong. The voyager was a decent phone, but it paled in comparison to the iPhone, I enjoyed the keyboard on it, but everything else was just ok. I just hated the fact that I couldn't really do anything with it, I was restricted by the Brew filesystem on the phone. Anyways, I was nervous at first when I decided to pay the termination fee and move to AT&T to get the iPhone, obviously not because of the iPhone, but because of the service. I heard good and bad things about AT&T, and I have to say that its been great. Sure I've had a few issues with 3G, but for the most part it's been better than Verizon.

      I'd also like to add that AT&T's customer service has been so much better than Verizon's. Every time I've called them with a problem or to change my minutes they've been nothing but amazing. The one time the lady simply gave me 200 extra minutes because I was calling to up my minutes because I was going to run over, Verizon never did that for me. The other thing that pissed me off about Verizon, was that I had to call every month because they would always charge me the $2 a MB even though I wasn't using the internet, it annoyed me because they never gave me the option of turning off data completely. I know that AT&T is similar, but with the iPhone you get unlimited data anyways so it doesn't even matter anymore.

      Anyways, the only way I would move back to Verizon is if the iPhone was available with them, simply because most of my friends and family use Verizon and I'll be able to get away with a lower amount of minutes.
    1. ashidar's Avatar
      ashidar -
      I did. I left verizon in order to get the Iphone. (On T-mobile tho, not AT&T
    1. Goronok's Avatar
      Goronok -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      The reason Verizon has such a poor choice of phones is because of their proprietary systems - phones have to be made just for them.
      I know you guys in America probably don't realise this but there is a world outside of the USofA and 90% of it uses GSM
      Phones made for AT&T can be sold virtually unmodified throughout Europe, Australia and a lot of RoW.
      Phones made for Verizon can only be sold to Verizon Customers (and Nextel?).
      I travel a lot throughout Europe (or used to) and can use my phone in every country - we have one standard and multiple providers, the competition leading to lower prices and a more mature phone system.

      Just my 2d's worth.
      This is the exact reason Apple never went Verizon about the iPhone. Despite popular rumors, it would have been incredibly dumb on Apples part to create a CDMA/EV-DO iPhone. They would have locked themselves into US sales only if they did this.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      I would not go back on a CDMA network if someone paid me.(now that I've discovered the freedoms of a GSM network)
    1. Envision86's Avatar
      Envision86 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Goronok View Post
      This is the exact reason Apple never went Verizon about the iPhone. Despite popular rumors, it would have been incredibly dumb on Apples part to create a CDMA/EV-DO iPhone. They would have locked themselves into US sales only if they did this.
      That's not entirely true. If you take a look at Blackberry phones, most of them are made to run on both the CDMA/EV-DO and GSM networks. Blackberry originally did this to save on cost so they wouldn't have to produce two different model phones for the different types, and also so they can sell their phones in Europe. Apple could have very well done the same so that the iPhone would run on both GSM and CDMA/EV-DO.

      It is also fact that Apple talked with Verizon about the iPhone, but they couldn't reach a deal. Here is one of the article that even has quotes by Verizon's VP:

      Verizon passed up Apple iPhone deal
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Envision86 View Post
      That's not entirely true. If you take a look at Blackberry phones, most of them are made to run on both the CDMA/EV-DO and GSM networks.
      You are, of course, right. But to enable them to run on multiple networks inevitable involves extra costs and unnecessary hardware. While I'm sure that would not have put Apple off, I have no doubt the extra cost would have been past on to the user.
    1. prodigy's Avatar
      prodigy -
      I F***** hate verizon with a serious passion and I hope they NEVER can touch the iPhone! I had Verizon for something like 4 or 5 years and had the shittiest cell phone service I've ever had. I had dropped calls damn near every day NO MATTER what POS phone I got from them. I always have friends talking to me using Verizon who just randomly lose their calls now so it apparently hasn't changed. I CAN'T STAND!!!! how people say it's the best network, you're seriously full of crap and you must get dropped calls because CDMA is garbage! Garbage! I think they're (somehow?!?!) still rated #1 because of the "average joe" being suckered into Verizon and answering their ignorant polls, "Gee golly, my service sure works swell" type of people. I could go on and on but I have no idea how you guys say stupid things like Verizon is great. lol, You must not have payed attention to your customer service or your ACTUAL service, in my case was non-existent.