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Would iPhone Owners Switch?

May 13, 2010 19:07:32.000

John Gruber writes about a possible Verizon iPhone, and says in the middle of the piece:

If Verizon had the iPhone, surely many current AT&T customers would switch.

Well, not so much. At least not immediately. Why? The current iPhone won't work on the Verizon network. Then, unless Apple shipped a tri-band phone (2g, CDMA, and GSM), the Verizon iPhone - like most Verizon phones - would be a brick if you traveled overseas.

This is one of those "grass is always greener" things. Personally, I wouldn't switch unless it was a tri-band phone, and even then, I'd have to be convinced by better plans. Unlike so many other people, I simply haven't run into the supposedly lousy ATT network. For me, it's been as reliable as Verizon was.

Now, I'm not everyone, and certainly verizon would sell a bunch of iPhones. However, most of that would be to new people, at least initially. There would be some loud switchers to be sure, but in numbers? Hard to say.

Hat tip Rob Fahrni

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