So I'm reading that Verizon announced it will be getting the iPhone 4 in February. Existing Verizon customers will be able to pre-order the phone on February 3. Please follow this link to read the CNN story if you want. http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/11/tech...dex.htm?hpt=T2
The "New Every Two" plan will remain intact for current subscribers to use your credits for an iPhone. My question is how much credit are they willing to give potential existing customers. I am now eligible for an upgrade through this plan and am considering an iPhone. How much of a discount will I, or anybody for that matter, get if you use the upgrade?
An interesting issue that has popped up is the lack of 4G support for the iPhone. This means you won't be able to "chat and surf" at the same time. Verizon is touting a new 4G service now. Why not use it?
With this phone on Verizon's network you will be able to turn your phone into a wireless hotspot for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. A feature that AT&T subscribers cannot access without "jail breaking" their phone. Is this a selling point? Do you really need to enable your phone to be a "hot spot"?
With the obvious omission of data plan pricing in this announcement one would speculate this may signal the end of the unlimited plans for their current smartphone data plan offerings. Perhaps there will be a data plan for iPhone and a data plan for everything else? Not the best plan, but Verizon could do that to keep data usage down by inflating the price.
Since Verizon did not sign an exclusive contract with Apple for the CDMA devices this means you could see the iPhone appear on Sprint or T-Mobile in the future.
All things considered, this is a good thing to open it up for other service providers such as Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. With people leaving AT&T for Verizon, which will happen, you will see service most likely improve for existing AT&T customers over time.
What are you thoughts?