And so... to the surprise of nobody possessing an internet connection, Verizon announced that the iPhone will be available on their CDMA network on February 10th at long last.
As I usually do when faced with a difficult decision, I decided to make a PRO vs. CON chart in order to figure out whether switching from AT&T would be a good move for me...
|Might actually be able to make a phone call that doesn't drop!||Would have to pay out my contract with AT&T plus buy a new iPhone. $$$|
|I get 3G coverage instead of shitty EDGE in my podunk home town!||3G may be more widespread, but is slower than AT&T's 3G.|
|Data might actually be usable in my podunk home town!||No coverage outside of the USA for most of the countries I usually travel to.|
|Possibly don't have to pay for tethering to data I'm already paying for?!||You can't talk and surf at the same time, which is VERY handy.|
|MIGHT ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO MAKE A FUCKING PHONE CALL THAT DOESN'T DROP... I MEAN, SHIT, IT'S A FUCKING PHONE!||I've had pretty good customer service from AT&T, but had HORRIBLE customer service when I was with Verizon Wireless.|
When I first switched from Verizon to AT&T, I was actually very happy. I rarely had dropped calls, and the data service was pretty good over their EDGE network. Then something terrible happened. iPhone became a raging success, and the AT&T network couldn't keep up. The release of the 3G made the problem even worse. By the time I upgraded to the 3GS, things were so bad that I thought my new phone was broken because I kept dropping calls. The 4G came out and I actually got better signal than I ever had (despite "Antennagate")... but AT&T's network was still so shitty that it didn't help.
Because I stil have a year on my AT&T contract and Verizon has shitty coverage outside the USA, I am not ready to switch just yet. And if AT&T wants to keep it that way, here's three steps they could take...
Ultimately, this announcement doesn't affect me all that much. But, if AT&T doesn't DO SOMETHING over the next year in order to improve the shitty state of their network, it could very well be a very big deal in 2012.