- 10-08-2009, 04:44 AM #2
I love my iPhone. That's the only reason I'm with ATT Wireless. So far, they are just okay. Not enough 3G areas.
But seeing as how Verizon will not ever get an iPhone, unless they switch to GSM, I won't switch to Verizon. And TMobile here in the US has only about a handful of cities with 3G coverage, which renders the iPhone useless. The iPhone on Edge is nothing more than a paperweight.
- 10-08-2009, 07:31 AM #3
In my area AT&T has very good 3G coverage so I am overall happy with them. They are infinitely better than Sprint and Tmo in my area. The only time I wish I had VZ is when I travel to more remote areas of the Southeast. VZ still has the best overall 3G coverage of anyone.
I would probably swithch to VZ IF they got the iPhone...BUT... ONLY if they did not cripple the WiFi and do all the other things they did to the new BBs. If they did that there would be no way that I would switch. I do not care if "you can hear me now?" or not.
- 10-08-2009, 07:55 AM #4
I would probably stick with AT&T. They have good service all around me and I've never had a problem with them. I was going to go to AT&T anyway from Tmobile after school. It just happened that the iPhone came out at the same time. If the iPhone came out on Verizon it would also benefit me because I know millions would probably leave and go clog up Verizon's network and leave me with more free bandwidth to use.
- 10-08-2009, 09:26 AM #5iMore Intermediate
- 229 Posts
On one hand I'm w/Brickman: I'd consider switching to VZW if & only IF they didn't f**k up the iPhone like they have so many other handsets by locking down features. AT&T is good where I live (Tampa Bay, FL), but a few weeks ago I was just outside Columbus, OH, and much to my dismay could only get Edge data w/my iPhone. I wasn't out in the sticks, so I was expecting 3G. Suffering w/Edge is almost unbearable, so a wider range of 3G coverage would be nice.
But Sting also has a good point: w/so many people most likely jumping to VZW the AT&T network would suddenly become less congested. Another factor would be price of plans on VZW & my overall monthly cost. I'll worry more about it when it's truly a choice available to me.
- 10-08-2009, 10:16 AM #6
in my area, 3G is in my immediate area and most 'major' cities i frequent. however with all of the traveling i do throughout Illinois, i drop to Edge quite often. this is my ONLY gripe with AT&T at this point (only been with them since August).
having come from verizon and their BB service, verizon's coverage area is indeed better. but like mentioned before, their locking down GPS & WiFi, their crappy App Store, their plastering of "Verizon Wireless" on all their phones...these are major drawbacks.
i like AT&T, but i LOVE my iPhone. i'll go where it goes.
- 10-08-2009, 11:42 AM #7
I don't understand the loyalty to carriers feeling, we pay them money. We are not getting their services for free, so why be loyal? If someone is offering me what I have now for less, or offering me more for the same price I would jump ship like a rat from a sinking ship. I've been with Bell, Rogers, Fido and Telus here in Canada. So I've been with almost all the carriers we have here. I am finally with Fido now because of all the pros and cons with each carrier I was with Fido had the best set of pros. Another positive when another carrier gets the phone is your carrier will then be forced to have more competitive plans. So I'm dying for Bell and Telus to get the Iphone, just to see what will happen to the current price of the Fido data plans.
- 10-08-2009, 11:52 AM #8
if another carrier offers the iPhone, great. i too agree a little competition is good. but if that carrier locks out features that AT&T offers then forget it. i'm happy if i stay, i'll be fine if i have to leave. the effect on me is trivial really.
i just want to be able to make calls, get email, send SMS, etc. if those things work, then i'm happy. if not, then i'll evaluate how much the iPhone means to me and decide whether or not to leave AT&T for another phone/carrier. it's all pretty simple really.
don't get me wrong, i LOVE my iPhone 3GS. but ultimately, it IS just a phone. we lived without all these Apps & GPS & Games for years before the smartphone. if i had to, i could go back to a vanilla phone. if i HAD to.
- 10-08-2009, 12:20 PM #9
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- 10-08-2009, 04:11 PM #13
I have no intention of leaving AT&T. If the other people want to leave, that's even better. It will free up more bandwidth for me. As far as heavy usage is concerned, I'd like to know what they consider heavy usage first. If they consider more than 2 gigs heavy, no issue for me. If they consider 100 megs heavy, they're morons. I only use about 500 megs a month at most.
- 10-11-2009, 04:32 AM #14
I would not switch if this were to happen. but I HOPE IT DOES NOT HAPPEN. I like that the Iphones environment is locked down. when one doesn't jailbreak or install hacks for MMS or tethering or UNLOCk the phone it just works (mostly). both of mine have.
but open the phone up then we end up with app developers trying to develop for different platforms and carriers will get the power to allow and deny certain features. it gets all jumbled up and screws with the simplicity and streamline of the IPhone experience. Keep it simple stupid and keep it on one carrier.
there is already confusion happening in the jailbreak community. which one to use?...red snow blackrai1 purple that or another. quit messing with a good thing and be patient. Apple is slow but when it gets done it gets done better than right!
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- 10-11-2009, 11:19 PM #15
- 10-12-2009, 10:18 AM #16
I am lucky that I live and work in an area where AT&T has good coverage. Having said that, I would switch only to Verizon if they start using the iPhone (and I would switch the day that it comes out).
AT&T is a places a distant second to Verizon. T-mobile isn't even worth talking about (they are a very distant third to AT&T).
I hope the next version of iPhone comes out on the Verizon network. I will gladly pay a little more for the better phone reception and broadband coverage.
- 10-12-2009, 10:45 AM #17
My priorities are
Fair business practices
Total cost of ownership
It would be hard for a non-GSM carrier to get my business. However, I think that AT&T's treatment of iPhone subscribers has been shoddy. Their local data coverage and service levels are good but very poor in many major destination cities. Not only have they not earned my loyalty, they have alienated me.
- 10-12-2009, 10:52 AM #18
- 11-08-2009, 02:11 PM #19iPhone Newbie
- 11 Posts
I've been with AT&T since about 1997 (back in the days of Cingular).
I made the switch one time and that was to what was then the standalone Nextel network for the "walkie talkie" feature. I left as soon as my contract was up and came back to AT&T. Service levels were sub-par at best.
I want a reliable network and that's what I get here as I'm fortunate enough to live where there is good 3G coverage. That being said, I'll be relocating soon and the 3G coverage there is spotty at times and I'll mostly be on the EDGE network which has me concerned so we'll see. I love my iPhone but I also want a phone that works and does what I need it to do because first and foremost .. which is be a phone. We'll see.
Verizon is my other option however I've also heard both good and bad with them as well. It's all in who you talk too and what their story was.
- 11-08-2009, 02:20 PM #20
- 11-08-2009, 04:01 PM #21
[QUOTE=iKittee;1531161]I've been with AT&T since about 1997 (back in the days of Cingular).............
I too was a Cingular customer. I moved to them from T-Mobile because local coverage was better. I still miss T-Mobile customer service.
At the time of my switch to Cingular, neither T-Mo or Cingular had any high speed data. Then Cingular acquired AT&T and with it high speed data in a couple of dozen markets and the AT&T Brand.
Unfortunately, they also acquired AT&T business practices and AT&T attitude, not to say AT&T arrogance. Too bad.
- 11-09-2009, 12:59 PM #22
- 11-09-2009, 02:31 PM #23
I doubt I'd switch... I live in Philadelphia and my 3G is fine in the city and out in the 'burbs. Even when I visited my lake house in Northern Michigan I had fine service so I honestly don't know what everyone complains about. I just got back from NYC yesterday and I had a fine time with my iPhone there. Didn't bug out in San Fran or LA over the summer either. I don't mind ATT at all :P
- 11-09-2009, 10:44 PM #24
I've been with AT&T for years, aswell as cingular. Their service has been perfect in my area and I've had no issues with traveling. Plus, the family plan I'm using has been pretty darn affordable with my budget.
In other words, I won't be leaving AT&T for another carrier, even if AT&T stopped carrying the iPhone.
- 11-19-2009, 04:30 PM #25