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November 10, 2010

I don’t know what the situation will be for us LightYear Reps, but if we continue to offer Verizon contract service, then we should be able to offer iPhone usage via LightYear.  I doubt we’ll sell the iPhone any time soon, but customers could buy an iPhone from Verizon (can’t be a used one, since those are GSM fones for AT&T that won’t work on Verizon’s CDMA) and then get on our contract service and save $60/month if they have 3 customers on our prepaid service.  Seems like a no-brainer to me.

As for AT&T keeping customers, as the article below commented, read a drastically differing opinion from two weeks ago, “Why iPhone Users Will Ditch AT&T And Run To Verizon.”  From the article below, “Verizon has learned from AT&T’s experience and has added ‘millions of Android customers in 2010 with barely a hiccup.‘”

Red highlights are mine.

Verizon iPhone Could ‘Disappoint,’ Says Snide AT&T

Nov. 3, 2010

AT&T has said it doesn’t expect to be impacted significantly by losing its Apple iPhone exclusivitywidely expected to be early in 2011 – but that isn’t stopping the carrier from making not-so-subtle jabs at the likely recipient of a new version of the device, Verizon Wireless.

An AT&T spokesman told The New York Times, “We expect when Verizon’s network finally improves on speeds and critical capabilities customers want – like talk and surf – their network will be tested.” Dryly, the unnamed spokesperson added, “Many people wonder if customers will be disappointed. Time will tell.”

Verizon’s network, of course, is the great unknown when it comes to iPhone reliability. A recent report showed that the average Android user on Verizon’s network is using more megabytes of data each month than the average AT&T iPhone user. To some analysts, that indicates that Verizon’s network is robust and ready for an iPhone, while others say it’s a bad sign because an iPhone will add a tremendous amount of traffic to an already heavily used network.

Verizon spokesman Jeffrey Nelson told the Times that his company’s network is “tried and true,” and that “anything we do, or don’t do, in the future, will ensure a good customer experience.”

Since AT&T has generally received more criticism for its network than Verizon has, most analysts seem to be siding with Big Red.  An analyst with Technology Business Research recently said that Verizon has learned from AT&T’s experience and has added “millions of Android customers in 2010 with barely a hiccup.”

As for its customer base, AT&T might be OK. A Forrest Research analyst believes while some AT&T customers might jump ship, Sprint and T-Mobile stand to lose a larger percentage of customers since those networks don’t already carry the iPhone.


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