If you're a Verizon customer longing for an iPhone, or, like many AT&T iPhone owners, you are unhappy with your AT&T Wireless service, relief is on its way. On February 10, 2011, Verizon Wireless will launch its Verizon iPhone. Existing Verizon Wireless customers can pre-order the iPhone starting February 3. Learn more about the Verizon iPhone, and what it means to AT&T customers who have iPhones…
Switching to Verizon iPhone
The rumors that have been circulating for years have finally come true -- the iPhone is coming to Verizon on February 10, 2011. The 16 GB version of the Verizon iPhone 4 will cost $199.99 and the 32 GB model will be $100 more. You will be able to buy it through thousands of Verizon stores, Apple stores, and on the Apple iPhone Web site. Both offers will require a two-year service contract for which pricing is to be announced.
Unlike AT&T iPhones, the Verizon iPhone can act as a 3G WiFi personal hotspot allowing up to five other WiFi devices to connect to the Internet through it. That's a big incentive for mobile users! Of course using this feature will cost extra, but my sources say it will be less than the cost of using a MiFi device, which provides the same feature. One minor downside of the Verizon iPhone is that you won't be able to surf the web while you talk on the phone. That's because Verizon phones run on a CDMA network, which routes voice and Internet data over separate channels.
Reliable service is another big incentive. The Apple/AT&T exclusivity deal has been a customer service disaster for customers and both companies. Millions of data-intensive iPhones are just too many for one carrier, resulting in frequently dropped calls, abysmal data throughput, and inability to connect in even the most heavily covered areas. The Verizon iPhone deal signals that Apple is finally facing up to this fact, so expect other carriers to offer iPhones in the future, too.
Switching From AT&T to Verizon?
Some details are still sketchy, but many AT&T customers don't care; they just want out of their contracts now, with as little financial loss as possible. In a humorous spin on how unhappy some AT&T iPhone customers have been, see The Daily Show's Jon Stewart hailing the arrival of the iPhone for Verizon.
AT&T iPhone customers are calculating how to get out of their contracts as cheaply as possible, and how to dispose of their locked AT&T iPhones most profitably. Here are some tips:
Sell your AT&T iPhone on eBay, and list it on some European eBay sites. Foreign buyers want iPhones and they can remove the SIM card to substitute one that works with their carriers.
Check your AT&T contract to see what it will cost to terminate it early. Early-termination penalties increased in 2009 when the 3G AT&T iPhone was released, so the penalty may be less than you think if you signed up before then. Also, the termination cost is pro-rated depending on how long you've been a customer. You may want to wait a few more months before switching to the Verizon iPhone for other reasons, too.
The first few months of the Verizon iPhone's availability are likely to be marred by inevitable network "issues" and all the other pains of sudden change. There will be bugs in the Verizon iPhone, just as there have been in AT&T's and every other hot new product. You may want to wait for the wrinkles to be ironed out. And you really don't want to camp overnight outside of an Apple or Verizon store just to be "first," do you?
Second, the first Verizon iPhone will be 3G, same as AT&T's. Verizon is busy building out its 4G network and will, undoubtedly, release a 4G iPhone some time later this year. Historically, Apple releases new iPhone products in July. You may want to wait until that 4G Verizon iPhone hits the streets.
Based on this announcement, are you planning to switch from AT&T to Verizon? Will you switch from an Android phone to the iPhone? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 13 Jan 2011
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