Friday, January 07, 2011

WSJ: Verizon iPhone wait's over; phone debuts Tuesday

According to the Wall Street Journal, the iPhone comes to Verizon next week.

After rumors for more than two years, Apple's phone will hit Verizon on Tuesday, according to WSJ, which said Verizon will make the announcement Tuesday. It's unclear when the device will launch, but it's expected to run on Verizon's current 3G network and not its newer LTE network which offers home-like broadband speeds.

Analysts expect the move to hurt AT&T, which has been the sole U.S. iPhone carrier since it debuted three years ago, but say it will be particularly hard on Sprint and T-Mobile, which will be the two largest carriers to not have Apple's device.

The WSJ also reports that Verizon has been working to strengthen its network in advance of launching the iPhone to avoid the network slowdowns and dropped calls that have plagued some of AT&T iPhone customers.

Meanwhile, Verizon has sent out media invitations for an event in New York City. It says rather cryptically, "Join us as we share the latest news." Lowell McAdam, Verizon CEO, will handle the keynote.

There was no mention of the iPhone at Verizon's Consumer Electronics Show keynote Thursday, when the carrier touted its next gen network's strength and showed off several phones and tablets that will use the new network, most running Android software.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Finally!

Anonymous said...

Beware of Verizon. I moved a few months ago and had service with them for 2 years, had completed a contract. They said i had to pay for breaking the contract. After talking with supervisor, i got amount lowered and actually was due a refund. moth went by and no refund. I called and was told i would get it after the final bill. I said i paid the last bill and the final bill, i was told they send a final final bill and then would get refund. Finally got it, but was told i couldnt get deposit back becuase i brokw contract wheich i had completed

RobNclt said...

I had Verizon for quite some time and didn't have problems initially. As time passed I started experiencing dropped calls too often and phone problems. I once changed 3 phones before one continued working throughout the rest of the contract. I finally changed to AT&T and experienced some problems initially but they were all worked out. I have had a IPhone 3GS for almost 2 years and the problems they once had have all disappeared for me when Apple upgraded it's software. AT&T has a app on the IPhone that we can use to let them know if were experience problems and our location at the time. Things are working pretty good for me and my IPhone with AT&T so I will stay regardless of what Verizon comes up with. The way I see it there are enough customers out there for all of them. I don't see this hurting AT&T at all. After all they have had a long run with the IPhone and the people with Android were not going to change companies. I don't see the other companies being hurt any more than they were because they would have changed to get the AT&T IPhone if they wanted one so they will probably not leave to join the rush at Verizon.

Anonymous said...

Why the iPhone gets it's own event when the dual core LTE Android phones seem to be far superior is beyond me...

HokieTT said...

This is good news for people like myself who have few issues with AT&T's service. The competition will likely lower our bills.

Anonymous said...

Verizon has certainly lost it's superiority in my opinion. Their clever marketing has everybody convinced they have better coverage. Well as a long time Verizon customer my service has worsened... dropped calls, constant security updates etc.

To a degree, they're all terrible... you just have to pick your poison which works better for you in your situation.

Anonymous said...

Verizon is the BEST NETWORK. Att has not even began to build a LTE 4g network which will eventually shoot them in the foot. The 2 year contract will be delayed if you suspend service. I had att for a month and dropped 90 percent of my phone calls. They should rename their network GARBAGE since that is what it is! As for the Iphone. If it's not 4g why waste the money. Your buying old technology that you won't be able to upgrade again for two years. Do yourself a favor and get a 4g droid they are much better.

Anonymous said...

u r all lame.

Anonymous said...

4g lte cost 70 bucks a month. i think i'll stick to 3g for now.

TC said...

Why would you buy an IPhone when the 4G LTE dual-core phones are coming out this year?

Anonymous said...

Have had Verizon account for a long time (Alltell before) and never have had issues with phones, service, etc. I have 5 phones on my account and no problems. Customer Service is wonderful and no dropped calls. Husbands company has him on AT&T (prior Sprint) and both services consistently drop calls - even with a special antenna deal in the house for the iPhone.

Way to go Verizon! Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

I recently purchased a Windows Phone 7 from AT&T and like it a lot. That is an option worth looking at as well. It's been very solid.

Anonymous said...

The iphone cannot go toe two toe with the droid 2 or the droid x. at&t is going to suffer and lose a lot of business because of verizon's superior service and 3g network.