For a couple years now, AT&T has been preparing for the day when it would no longer have an exclusive grip on the Apple iPhone.
Each year since the first iPhone was launched, AT&T made existing iPhone customers eligible to upgrade to the new iPhone by signing a new two-year contract. The company tried to deal with complaints of lousy data service and dropped calls by investing over $17 billion in each of the past two years to upgrade its US wireless network. In fact, it actually outspent Verizon on network upgrades in the past 24 months.
AT&T is also hedging its bets by partnering with Android phone makers. For example, HTC is about to release the HTC Inspire 4G designed to run on AT&T's upgraded HSPA+ network, and AT&T is pricing this high-end device (which resembles the HTC EVO 4G and the HTC Thunderbolt) at $99.
If you're in a US metro area outside of New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco, AT&T's service has typically improved in the last couple years. But, if you're in one of those big three, or outside of a major metro area, or at a large event with a lot of iPhone users, then the AT&T service is either wildly inconsistent or consistently bad. That's why a lot of iPhone users have been desperately waiting for the iPhone to come to Verizon. According to one survey, 26% of AT&T iPhone users say they'll switch to Verizon.
We're running our own non-scientific survey of existing AT&T iPhone users, asking if they plan to leave AT&T and switch to the Verizon iPhone. Answer the poll below and then jump into the discussion to tell us why you are or aren't switching from the AT&T iPhone to the Verizon iPhone.
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