A simple phone call to save $30/month on Verizon Wireless

The other day I read a post on Katie Floyd’s blog about Verizon Wireless offering a new single line $60/month plan who’s features (unlimited talk and text plus 2 GB of data) were the exact same as my wife’s $90 cell phone plan. Today I did a brief phone call to Verizon and within 5 minutes switched over the new plan. Instant $30/month savings and no pain doing it. Well worth the time I think!

Disclaimer: this new plan does omit tethering according to Katie Floyd’s writeup. In my wife’s case, she doesn’t use tethering, so it wasn’t a loss for us.

Would we switch to Verizon for the iPhone?

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.

iPhone controversy thoughts

I find it amusing all of the controversy regarding the recent iPhone update (disclaimer: I do not own one at this time). People bought the phone knowing it did not have third-party application support and it could not be unlocked. That doesn’t mean that when hackers figure out how to add these things that Apple has to support them. Which is what happened, Apple simply broke these hacks with the 1.1.1 update. Apple has no obligation to support these hacks.

Now I do agree that Apple should have had third-party application support with the iPhone the second it was released. As the iPhone development community has shown, the iPhone has a huge amount of untapped potential. I definitely believe in the near future Apple will have third-party application support, the key though is you will be able to purchase the applications cheaply via the iTunes Store. I doubt there will ever be a way to download the applications for free. It just makes too much sense for them not to use the iTunes Store. They do it with ringtones, music, etc…why not applications?

As for the unlocked phone controversy, Apple probably had no option except to promise AT&T they will break any unlock hacks. It is too bad, but it is the price you have to pay in the cell phone industry.

I am still planning to buy an iPhone late next year when my Verizon contract is done.