With the recent announcement that the iPhone is going to be available on Verizon Wireless in less than a month, I thought about whether it would make sense to leave AT&T. At this time, I think no, although not by choice.
First reason is simple: we are under contract until June 2012, because we bought the iPhone 4 when it it came out. Thus to break our contract now would cost over $250 per phone.
Verizon’s reliability is going to be interesting to see. They have long been the best wireless provider in New Hampshire, but with thousands of new iPhones being activated in the next month on their network, it will be interesting to see how it holds up. I rather wait to see how happy the early adopters are.
That said, the following is why I would switch from AT&T if it were an option:
- AT&T sucks in New Hampshire. Once you get out of the major cities in the south eastern part of the state, you are lucky to get EDGE coverage, nevermind 3G. Verizon 3G is so much faster compared to EDGE. Pretty much everywhere in NH you can get Verizon 3G coverage.
- Everyone in NH that doesn’t have an iPhone already is on Verizon. Thus new Verizon iPhone users would get unlimited mobile to mobile minutes for the vast majority of people they call in NH.
It will be interesting to see how things turn out the next few months. My mother is getting an iPhone on Verizon and one of my brothers might as well.