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Poll: Verizon smartphone customers, will you switch to Verizon iPhone?

If you are an existing Verizon smartphone customer, TechRepublic would like know if you're planning to switch to the Verizon iPhone. Take the poll and join the discussion.

Expectations are running high for the official arrival of the iPhone on Verizon on February 10. Verizon's iPhone pre-sales to its existing customers on February 3 set the company's single-day sales record in the first two hours that the Apple device was available to order (3:00AM-5:00AM), and Verizon has asked employees to delay their personal iPhone purchases to help ease potential supply shortages at launch.

However, even more interesting is a survey released last week that indicated 66% of Verizon's current BlackBerry customers were considering a switch to iPhone and 44% of Verizon's existing Android customers were considering the switch.

Those numbers sound a little high, so we're running our own non-scientific poll among the TechRepublic audience to see how many of you are existing Verizon smartphone (BlackBerry, Android, or Windows Mobile) customers who plan to switch from your current smartphone to the Apple iPhone. Answer the poll below and then jump into the discussion tell us why you are or aren't switching, and (if you're switching) which device you're switching from.

Also, see our poll asking AT&T iPhone customers if they're switching to the Verizon iPhone.

Take the poll

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13 comments
Tigger_Two
Tigger_Two

My renewal is in May and I plan to get an iPhone then. Today I carry my Touch- which acts as my PDA as well as my music device, photo book, and more. I ALSO carry a phone. Moving to an iPhone will give me all the stuff I want on a single device that I can synch easily with my Mac.

Murfski-19971052791951115876031193613182
Murfski-19971052791951115876031193613182

I just got a Droid x about three weeks ago, and I'm not about to pay full price to get an iPhone. I've used a number of Apple products over the years, and they're not as bad as some people would like to have you believe. They do what they're designed to do, and do it well. I just like to do other things.

dcolbert
dcolbert

Is to standardize on one platform and have consistent applications. From what I've seen Apple has an app advantage in that an app bought or downloaded for one iOS device is authorized for ALL iOS devices. For example, I purchased EA Need For Speed - Shift for my iPad, and my daughter's iPod Touch uses my account too... NFS is authorized for both devices. I bought Need for Speed - Shift for my Droid 2, also. It shows that I've purchased it in the app store. If I try to download it from my Android tablet, it returns the error, "This app is not authorized for use on this device". I've never believed I should have to buy an application multiple times to enjoy it on multiple different devices. Apple has an advantage here. The truth is, though, that Android enjoys so many *other* advantages in freedom and flexibility, it would take a lot more to make me consider standardizing on iOS.

debuggist
debuggist like.author.displayName 1 Like

I received my iPhone on Monday. I've been waiting for this since 2007. I held it up next to a corporate-provided Blackberry Bold. RIM, you are so far behind Apple, and the Bold's physical keyboard is a step back from the Curve's.

mbkavka
mbkavka

Quite honestly, I'm not a fan of Apple. They have too much control and tend to treat everyone as sheep. The iPhone while nice, doesn't agree with me. I've had odd issues with it for clients that have it, and that has left a real bitter taste in my mouth. I am really happy with the Android platform, and when I'm ready for an upgrade, I will stick with the droid line.

cbader
cbader

Getting the Thunderbolt. You couldnt pay me to take an iPhone.

RockerGeek!
RockerGeek!

sure, the iPhone is pretty, but I love my Droid2 SO much.... it's the best thing to ever happen to me as far as phones are concerned. Plus, you can buy a new battery if it dies and the phone is still good.... can't change batteries (or add more storage space) w/the iDidn't ;)

deb
deb like.author.displayName 1 Like

I have an HTC Incredible at the moment and I love it. I've tested most of Verizon's Android models and would choose any of them (except maybe the Droid Pro) over the iPhone. I MIGHT switch to WP7 when Verizon gets one, depending on the model and whether it's an LTE phone; on the other hand, I might just go with the HTC Thunderbolt.

wirejockey
wirejockey

The only thing Apple has going for itself is it's GUI, take that away and your left with... well not much. In a year or two the Android OS will be the dominate platform.

maclovin
maclovin

Your assessment makes absolutely NO sense at all. Phones are all about the UI....sooo, if you take away the Android GUI, what are you left with? Ah, right, the same as if you took away the Apple GUI. You clearly don't know much about Apple's OSes, or mobile OSes in general. They are all 'Nix based, thus essentially making them VERY alike. Apple's GUI is different, just like using a different Window Manager in Linux, if your familiar. At the risk of sounding fanboi-ish, Apple's GUI is the REASON it's such a great UI for individual users that make have trouble with less-intuitive interfaces. It's also nice to just have an App called MAIL, and not Outlook, or "Messaging". Just call it what it is! Yes, it's "closed" but how many people in corporate environments are switching things around every day with users' phones? Not many. You give them what they need, and that's it.

Justin James
Justin James

I would much rather move to WP7. My renewal period is in April, if there's a WP7 announcement by then, I'll base my decision on that. If not, I'll either go to AT&T (their coverage map has recently improved in my area, and I just won a free Samsung Focus) or the Verizon iPhone (provided there are no surprises with it, dropped call issues, etc.). Verizon iPhone is basically my fallback plan in case I can't get WP7 by April or within a few months of April. No matter what, I will NOT be using an Android device ever again after June or so. J.Ja

Casa Gozo
Casa Gozo

I have a Windows Phone 7 (WP7) mobile device (HTC HD7) and I want to warn anyone who is considering getting one that it is a HORRIBLE choice. The main reason that I went with WP7 was to have a solid synch with my e-mail/contacts/calendar in Outlook. Did MS provide the elegant solution I expected? Not even close. The "Windows Live" solution is horrible and slows down Outlook, so I went with Google and Companionlink software to resolve that. But WP7 also does not allow the mobile device to leave messages on the server (something that WP 6.5 could do) so I'm getting rid of this horrible piece of junk.

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