Advantages of choosing ATT over Verizon?
Im not trying to be a salesman for ATT or Verizon since I don't use either provider. But, in trying to map out my purchase decisions for the year then I was starting to think how moving to ATT may be a smart move despite Verizon being the better service.
1) Adopt someone elses ATT Contract
How many ATT iPhone users do you know? And how many of them complain incessantly about switching to Verizon once its available. Well, those people will have to pay a hefty ETF to cancel early so why not simply buy their phone and take over their plan from them? Its probably only got a few months left and you can get it all for dirt cheap since all negotiating power is on your side.
2) iPhone 5
Im really not sure how important an upgrade the iPhone 5 will be, but whether its a big deal or not then you'll want it. But signing up to Verizon means 20mo until you can upgrade (Oct 2012). That means you not only skip the 2011 iPhone 5 but also the iPhone 6 launch. ATT offers a shorter upgrade time OR OR if you take over an existing plan then maybe you'll be out of contract right in time to switch to Verizons iPhone 5 later this year.
3) Competition is Good
ATT is a bad company. They've gotten so cocky with the iPhone exclusive that they ignored the needs of the customers and their network. With Verizon in the picture then ATT will be forced to improve customer service and their product. That means it will be much easier to get 3G Microcells or have a complaint resolved.
4) ATT should be expecting less traffic
IF so many people are moving to Verizon then ATTs network will soon become much less busy. Think about it, the iPhone is the ONLY major smartphone that clogs their tubes because they don't even offer many other popular data intensive phones. So with less Droids or iPhones on the network then maybe the service will be better
5) ATT isn't that bad
Okay, maybe thats stretching it but they really do offer a lot. Rollover minutes are an excellent idea (i wish they'd do that with data), iOS 4.3 is supposed to have tethering support built in, theyre slightly cheaper, the Microcell really does work to improve your home 3G reception and since they were the exclusive carrier then it has a good aftermarket for used iPhones.
Okay, well all that said then I'm probably going to switch from Sprint to Verizon. I'm not happy to leave Sprint since its so reliable and cheap but I've been wanting an iPhone since launch and ATT in my area has always been pretty spotty.