We recently took the opposite approach and rooted for AT&T. Now it’s time to turn it around and look at reasons why it may be worth making the switch to Verizon. Please, keep in mind that we aren’t necessarily trying to tell you which carrier is best for you, we just want you to ask yourself a few questions before forking over the money that goes into an expensive phone and a two-year contract.
Let’s take a look at why it may be time for iPhone users to switch to Verizon:
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1) Verizon Currently has the Widest 3G Coverage in the Nation
Verizon claims to have the largest 3G network in the country. That means that those users who have had to put up with spotty signal at best may actually have a shot at picking up an iPhone with a service that works in their area.
2) Goodbye Data Outages
AT&T was widely criticized for this one. Their handling of the data traffic that came with the iPhone put many users off. Even today, there are users in certain areas that don’t get the 3G coverage they need. Chances are many of them will be moving over, and if the Nation’s largest 3G network can provide them with a reliable service (unlike their previous carrier experience) they will be willing to stick around.
3) Verizon Boasts that LTE Makes Them the Fastest Network in the Country, Hello iPhone 5?
Currently, the iPhone 4 does not support LTE because of battery life concerns. Still, Verizon currently has their super-fast LTE network, making them the fastest provider in the nation right now. Users who are savvy to that kind of stuff will choose the speed of an LTE iPhone. Perhaps this June when the iPhone 5 is announced, Verizon will become the carrier to join. Who’s holding out for the possibility of an LTE iPhone 5? Hey, we can dream.
4) Give the Hellspawn that is AT&T a Huge Middle Finger
Right now, there are many, many longtime iPhone owners who loath AT&T with every fiber of their being. Those same subscribers are beyond ready to leave AT&T. Those users are tired of their dropped calls, and tired of their money going towards a service that doesn’t seem to give them much in return. What better way to stick it to them than to have a large portion of their iPhone users jump ship and go straight to their major rival?
5) Verizon Has Been Watching, Learning and Preparing
For the past four years, AT&T has struggled to keep their network reliable. Verizon has had the opportunity to watch and learn as AT&T fumbles. Verizon is telling us all that they are more than prepared for the additional traffic that will flood their network when the iPhone hits. We don’t know for sure how well-prepared they are, but we are interested in seeing how it goes for them. Still, they’ve had much more time than AT&T to prepare for the potential spike in traffic.
Will You Be Making a Switch?
There are reasons for either case, whether you want to stay with AT&T or go to Verizon. The choice is all yours. Again, we just suggest looking at your options, seeing what users say and factoring in the cost of switching vs staying with AT&T against how satisfied you are with your coverage.