Fun Friday: Verizon or AT&T?

iphone 4 on Verizon or AT&TI started to write something weighty, but then I realized it’s Friday. It’s only the first week of my new content plan, so I certainly can’t go breaking the rules just yet!

Fridays are for fun and connecting with you guys. So, my question for my iPhone-friendly friends this week is this:

Are you sticking with AT&T or are you jumping ship to head to Verizon?

Explain yourself. Either answer is fine. I reserve my judgement.

My answer: I’m stuck with AT&T for 11 more months…

  • http://jennyrain.com JennyRain

    and for those of us already on Verizon the question is… Do I stick w/my Droid or jump ship to iPhone… hmmmmm :)

    • http://www.bensayin.com Ben Nunes

      I seriously don’t have to think twice about this one. I love Apple products, but fear they have seriously dropped the ball on the announcement of the iPhone 4 for Verizon. They could have done so much more…

      For me it’s, which of the 4 4g Android phones will I choose? I’m trying to decide between the Droid Bionic and HTC Thunderbolt.

  • David LeDoux

    My wife & I just jumped ship from AT&T (before contract expiration, I might add) to Verizon last week. Since we’re not already Apple Crackheads, however, we are now very much enjoying our HTC Incredible Droid phones (courtesy of a 96 cent Sam’s online special!). Maybe I’ll send you an invite to come join us =-)

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      That would be great! I’ve heard wonderful things about that phone.

  • Clay

    I have had Verizon (BlackBerry) for years. I do a lot of rural marketing and have simply been in too many rural communities where Verizon was the only carrier. However, when I’m eligible for an upgrade (September), I’ll be moving up to an iPhone.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Good point on coverage. AT&T can be maddening sometimes as far as dead spots go.

  • http://www.virtualcfo.typepad.com/ virtualcfo

    I’m staying with AT&T for awhile.

    I had Verizon before AT&T and their coverage is not good in our neighborhood. I had to install a signal booster in our house to get adequate coverage.

    Verizon is selling the iPhone 4, which in itself has signal and reception problems (my 3g’s been a workhorse for 2 years).

    Also, Verizon has a wider network, but what I’ve read is that it’s slower for data than AT&T. So it would kind of defeat the purpose of switching to better service the data service is considerably slower.

    I also want to see if the Verizon network has capacity problems like AT&T did from the iPhone.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      The capacity issue is one of my bigger concerns. I’m curious to see how that plays out. I have this feeling that the capacity complaints we have now will flipflop and carry over the Verizon. We’ll see, however.

  • http://dancedivam.blogspot.com @dancedivam

    I’m out of contract with an almost-2-year-old 3G but I’m staying. I use data while on the phone quite a bit for both work and play and am used to quicker speeds than Verizon can offer. Current Verizon customers won’t know the difference so they’ll be fine, which is what I told our CFO in advocating that he make the jump from Sprint.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Good point about the speed. Also, the qualms with being unable to browse and talk at the same time seem to be a recurring complaint. Does your boss like the 4G network on Sprint?

      • http://dancedivam.blogspot.com @dancedivam

        No, plus he wants an iPhone. I can tell you from weekly conference calls that I look forward to his being on a different network too; we get terrible feedback off his phone. Apparently 4G isn’t enough to overcome the distance from a tower in terms of his location in Virginia Beach.

  • http://twitter.com/rebeccannb rebeccannb

    I’m sticking with AT&T for several reasons…one my dad works for AT&T. :) Two, I have great service and my bill is always the same. (With Verizon, my bill was never the same and I could not get anyone to explain it to me.) Three, I like that I can be on the phone and check email, Twitter, or get on the internet at the same time. With Verizon you won’t be able to do that. So no jumping ship for me!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Rebecca, the inability to browse and talk at the same time is a deal-breaker for me, as well. I would hope that, in the future, Apple will design the new iPhone to be compatible with the LTE network and that they would address that issue.

  • http://twitter.com/joshmbyrd Josh Byrd

    I’m Apple all the way but, I’d love to have better service. My contract is up so it’s a great time to switch but the not being able to browse while talking on the phone with Verizon ( http://on.mash.to/hZCflx ) is a bit of a downer. Also, I’m wondering about holding out for iPhone 5 rumored to be released sometime this summer. ( http://bit.ly/fX95Dy )

    Decisions… Decisions…

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      I’m excited to see what the iPhone 5 looks like. I’m leaning towards sticking with AT&T after my contract runs out because I feel like the droves of people who make the switch will lighten the load on AT&T’s network. Thus, making it actually reliable once again.

  • cshell

    Wife is on Verizon and has a Droid Incredible…it’s pretty sweet, don’t think she is changing. Work pays mine, we are on Sprint, just got the 4g EVO…i love it.

    So no bite of the forbidden fruit here ;)

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      That Droid does seem pretty exciting.. If I weren’t such an Apple snob I might try it.

  • http://twitter.com/benjamincombs Benjamin Combs

    The prospect of a 4G LTE-based iPhone coming out in a few months would alleviate the “being able to surf while on a call” problems, since Verizon’s LTE is a SIM card based solution and would run on different frequencies. With that being said I don’t see any significant advantages to owning an iPhone over an Android based phone. Now if the rumored iPhone 4g, or 5, or whatever they will call it, comes out with something truly innovative, then I might consider making the switch from an Android phone, but for now I’m more than happy with my Incredible

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      I think the iPhone 5 is going to eat your Incredible. Literally. Now that’s innovation.

  • http://www.dadlife.net kevin

    It’s funny, I see people ranting about AT&T all the time. I honestly can’t tell you the last time I had a dropped call with them. I had to call them once about an incorrect charge on my bill, and they corrected it without hastle.

    I won’t be going to Verizon, but I hope a lot of people do. It should free up the AT&T network, making it even better. It will, or should, force AT&T to improve their customer service in order to retain customers. I expect AT&T to start changing their prices as well, in order to compete (although Verizon is already changing their offerings, making them not as appealing as people thought they were 3 days ago).

    At the end of the day, competition is good for everybody. I’ve been loyal to the AT&T/Apple combo, and will stay that way until either a) they give me reason to live and/or b) there is a significantly better offering elsewhere.

  • http://twitter.com/shainaparis Shaina Paris

    I’m a Verizon Droid Incredible user. I’ve had some good service with Verizon that I can’t argue with. Before I had this phone, I considered waiting on the iPhone but just couldn’t wait. I told myself that I would just get it next time around because it would probably be available then. Now that the announcement has FINALLY been made, I find myself suddenly thinking…”I don’t know…I really like this droid phone.” I’m sure that I would love being able to be on the phone and use data at the same time but switching to AT&T is more of a deal breaker for me. I’ll just stick with Verizon and hope that changes at some point. Until then I’ll just enjoy my Incredible and see what kind of options are out there come this Dec.

  • http://exerciseofgrace.blogspot.com/ Alicia

    Verizon iPhone when it comes out in February.. hands down. My friend has AT&T and hates it. I’ve had Verizon for 6 years and have had no problems!

  • http://twitter.com/unscriptedlife Ivy @ UnscriptedLife

    I’m definitely staying with AT&T. We had a terrible experience with Verizon. We were part of the Alltell buyout and it was just planned and implemented very badly. Our service was terrible because Verizon towers were trying to talk to Alltell accounts (switching phones did nothing). After three months of no service and daily service calls we had gotten no where.

    Then my house caught on fire. My phone would not call 911 because I had no service. Needless to say, we were let out of our contracts and quickly jumped ship to AT&T. They even gave us a huge discount for the trouble we had gone through with Verizon. They have been awesome to us. Never leaving!