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Jeff Campbell
05-19-2010, 07:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.cultofmac.com/att-difficultly-switching-iphone-carriers-will-protect-us-from-verizon/43547?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+cultofmac/bFow+(Cult+of+Mac)' target='_blank'>http://www.cultofmac.com/att-diffic...w+(Cult+of+Mac)</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"As we count down to Apple possibly announcing Verizon as a U.S. iPhone carrier and debate what such a move might mean to the current exclusive iPhone carrier AT&amp;T, the head of that carrier weighed in on why a Verizon iPhone deal isn't keeping him awake at night."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1263310440.usr105634.jpg" /></p><p>The reason AT&amp;T CEO Ralph de la Vega isn't worried, as he tells analysts at a JP Morgan tech conference, is that it is too difficult to switch carriers so people won't be jumping ship to Verizon. What? I have switched carriers numerous times, and since they let you keep your same phone number so I don't have to notify everyone that mine was about to change, I don't find it that difficult. At least that has been my experience. The only worry I would have switching to Verizon would be the lack of simultaneous voice and data transmissions that I currently utilize on my iPhone with AT&amp;T, but that could be a moot point if <a href="http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/05/19/verizon-apple-iphone-to-launch-with-simultaneous-voice-and-data/" target="_blank">this story from Boy Genius</a> is true. What are your thoughts? If you prefer Verizon, is there anything that is going to keep you from switching carriers if Verizon does get the iPhone?</p>

05-19-2010, 10:46 PM
I actually was planning to switch to AT&T last December when my Verizon contract was up - in part to get the iPhone, but mostly because we get a far better signal at home than we do from VZW (despite the fact that VZW is the dominant carrier here in New England - we seem to be one of the few who live in a coverage hole.) However, most of my kids' friends are VZW, which allows free texting and voice minutes when you communicate within the network, and it would have cost us a lot more to switch. If I were single or it was just my wife and I, I would have moved in a heartbeat.

I bought an Android phone instead. I can't imagine getting an iPhone now, but I would have if it was on the network at the end of the year last year.