Love your iPhone but hate your service? Dissatisfied AT&T users in the United States got some good news yesterday when Verizon announced they will start offering Apple’s iPhone to its 93 million customers starting February 10th. The new partnership will no doubt have AT&T on the defensive and scrambling to retain their iPhone customers. At&T’s spotty and unreliable coverage has been the biggest complaint from iPhone users and major outages like AT&T’s total network failure at CES last week definitely don’t help AT&T’s image.
According to Verizon’s website, AT&T and Verizon won’t be competing on price. They both plan to sell the 16GB model for $199.99 with a two-year contract and the 32GB model for $299.99. However, legions of frustrated iPhone users with AT&T service now have another option for service.
Existing Verizon customers will be able to place iPhone pre-orders starting on February 3. Everyone else will have to wait until the 10th.
So far, the only downside with the Verizon announcement is the new Verizon iPhones will not be 4G-ready. According to Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook, existing LTE chipsets would have “forced design compromises” the company did not want to make. Oh well. Guess we have something to look forward to.
What do you think iPhone users? Are you ready to leash up your kids and head on over to your nearest Verizon store or are you going to stick it out with AT&T?
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