ATT vs Verizon : Let the cat fight begin

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by xcel360, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. xcel360 macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2008
    WPB, Fl
    AT&T is already attacking Verizon over the iPhone.
    After we wrote about Verizon's plan to offer unlimited data plans, AT&T PR boss Larry Solomon reached out with a statement: "The iPhone is built for speed, but that's not what you get with a CDMA phone. I'm not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane."
    He says AT&T's GSM technology is faster than Verizon's CDMA technology.
    Besides the fact that Solomon is confirming that Verizon is getting the iPhone, he's also fired the first shot in the coming war for iPhone owners.


    Going to be fun to see all the TV commercials.
  2. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    I have no idea if AT&T claims are "technically" true, but even if GSM is theoretically faster than CDMA, aren't most complaints about AT&T's network speed? Verizon's "slower" network may well be faster in the real world, no?
  3. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    Unlimited data.

    Consistent telephone connectivity.

    Game. Set. Match. [​IMG]
  4. shadrap macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2009
    I can wait a couple seconds longer for a page to load. If it means I don't have to worry about dropped calls.
  5. zephxiii macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2010
  6. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    I'll be watching closely. I may not pick up the first Verizon iPhone if it's 3G only. I may hold on to my iPhone 4 and wait for an LTE model. But of course, my current iPhone isn't getting any faster speeds than Verizon.....but I won't move until I have some advantage. AT&T finally got their voice service decent in Dallas.

    In my case that answer would be yes. It's going to very for each user based on AT&T and Verizon's speed in their area.
  7. yayitsezekiel macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2008
    Irvine, CA
    I completely agree. What good is "supposedly" great network speed when you can't even connect to it half the time? ;)
  8. zephxiii macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2010
    But at least the potential is higher like this:
  9. Geckotek, Jan 9, 2011
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    Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
  10. blackberrypilot macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2010
    I am just glad to see there will be some iPhone competition.:apple:

    Choices = power.
  11. AllieNeko macrumors 65816

    Sep 25, 2003
    If Verizon offers unlimited iPhone data, it'll force AT&T to rethink their plans. A lot. That is the good thing about this.

    If it happens, it's about four years too late for my market. I've always been jealous of people who can get an iPhone. We've had no AT&T here. AT&T is launching next month, with plans for MUCH better coverage (all 3G) that Verizon has. With a complete UMTS/HSPA overlay of the Alltel network they bought here, along with some major improvements to that (already superior to Verizon) network.

    The sad thing is, like they do today, Verizon customers will still claim, as they're dropping calls, that they're on "the best" and Verizon is better than Alltel. LOL. Cuz it's what the Verizon fanboys do.

    There's pros and cons. Two cons - I want as many AT&T customers as possible for mobile to mobile (I have no plans to leave, or go iPhone - they're honoring my Alltel plan and giving me a Samsung Captivate for free with no contract to replace my Alltel BlackBerry). Also, I don't want Verizon customers, with their stuck-up attitude and fanboyishness, to have the iPhone. LOL. The superiority complex of iPhone owners COMBINED with the superiority complex of Verizon customers? That's more arrogance than I think I can handle! LOL.

    The pro is that, eventually, I'll get tired of the Captivate. Probably, oh, around WWDC this summer. And I'll be getting an iPhone. AT&T won't let me keep my Alltel plan and get an iPhone. Now, I need to stay AT&T for the coverage, but I'm hoping Verizon will make them reconsider their data cap :)
  12. blackberrypilot macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2010
    I think AT&T's data plans garbage.

    $15 for 200MB?????

    They should have a $10/200MB, $15/1GB, $25/2GB, $30/Unlimited or something similar.
  13. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Don't think for a second that if Verizon offers unlimited data AT&T won't. They'll almost ALWAYS match each other.
  14. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    In other words, he basically just confirmed a Verizon iPhone.
  15. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    TOTALLY agree with you here! Let the two dinosaurs battle over the pie! Hopefully enough crumbs fall from their grasp that the consumer may actually benefit from this for a change!
  16. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Which is why I won't switch, cause I already get that with ATT. :D
  17. stewart715 macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2008
    All I can say is that I have a BlackBerry Tour and Droid X both on VZW. The Tour's internet is SLOW. But the Droid X's internet is lightning fast (on 3G no connected to WiFi, that is).

    I'm guessing any iPhone running on VZW would have similar speeds as the Droid X (which IMO are faster than AT&T's GSM 3G).

    In any event, I would rather have more slower 3G coverage (Verizon) than less/spotty faster 3G coverage (AT&T). More coverage is key here.
  18. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    Actually, I do think that. I think AT&T knows that Verizon will only do it for a short time. Look for Verizon to take away the unlimited data in one year or less. This is my prediction.
  19. brock2621 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2007
    Totally agree... But I plan to be grandfathered in :)
  20. AllieNeko macrumors 65816

    Sep 25, 2003
    stewart, your opinion doesn't really matter on hard data like speeds (neither does mine). In terms of 3G network speed, T-Mobile and AT&T's HSPA+ UMTS networks BLOW away CDMA2000 EVDO by a country mile, when they're not overloaded.

    Now, if you look at speed CONSISTENCY travelling nationwide to rural areas, Verizon will win that one. But for the 95% of people, who are covered with 3G by everyone, that doesn't matter.
  21. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    PCMag's results, while showing faster.....I wouildn't call it a "country mile".

    Heck, even AT&T's own commercial showes all but Luke Wilson's head downloaded! :D
  22. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Yup, I have that on my 4 with AT&T right now. It is pretty killer.
  23. Polekat macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2010
  24. Namji macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2010
    You guys hear about the people who were on AT&T at CES that could not use their phones?? Also you guys hear about the people who were on Verizon at CES that were able to use their phones??

    Enough said...
  25. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2010
    Houston, TX
    no we didn't hear about it.... and no, we don't believe you, you need more people

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