Verizon iPhone? Not for Us – Yet

There’s been speculation that Verizon will announce the availablity of the iPhone on their network this coming Tuesday. It’s great news, since Verizon (supposedly) has a better network. I’ve had plenty of dropped calls on my iPhone, and plenty of bad connections to the 3G network. I’d love to go to Verizon, but I don’t think I will right away.

Why?

  • iPhone 5: Verizon will likely be offering the iPhone 4. While I’m lusting after a new iPhone – I’m using a slightly crippled iPhone 3GS – the iPhone 5 should be coming out in June or July. I can wait a few more months and decide then.
  • The Network: I’m not sure I can give up the ability to talk on the phone and surf the web at the same time, something you can do on a 3G network but not the CDMA network which Verzion has. Is CDMA better than EDGE, which was the network the first iPhone used? If it’s the same limitations, then I’m not sure I’d want to be on it.
  • Convincing Others: If I move carriers, so does the rest of the family. I think everyone would be cool getting new phones. But I don’t look forward to telling our parents, “Yeah, you need to get a new phone. Why? Well, because, that’s why.”
  • Costing More: I hear that Verizon phone plans are slightly more expensive on average than AT&T’s plans. I’m not sure this is true. But I’m not willing to pay more just yet.

Come June or July a decision will need to be made whether to stick with AT&T or not. I’m sure I won’t be the only one weighing whether to go to Verizon, that is of course if Verizon does announce the iPhone this coming Tuesday.