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iPhone Breaks AT&T Stranglehold

After a half decade solely in the inept hands of AT&T, the iPhone will soon finally be available on another network: Verizon.

I for one am happy. I use Verizon because it reportedly has the best service especially in New England where I live. I say reportedly because on Cape Cod, a pretty populous place, coverage stinks, and most times people call me in North Central Mass, another pretty populous place, it never connects or alerts me (and yes, the ringer in on). "Hey guys, I'm not screening my calls. I just have a lousy phone with lousy service!"

Nonetheless, I hear horror stories about AT&T, and along with my two year contract, reckon I'll stick with Verizon a bit longer.

I have the newest BlackBerry Bold, which I got this summer after dousing my old one in ocean water. That means I don't qualify for a free phone upgrade for another 18 months. That gives Verizon time to get its wireless network up to 4G speeds, work out any remaining iPhone kinks and presumably offer the next generation of iPhone.

The best thing is now we have real competition...almost. Having two main choices makes this market about as competitive as Pepsi and Coke -- last time I checked their prices were identical!

How good or bad is your wireless carrier? Share your thoughts at dbarney@redmondmag.com.    

Posted by Doug Barney on 01/12/2011 at 1:18 PM


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