I purchased a new 8830 for the reason that Verizon has a great network for my location. The 3G network is fast, always a strong signal, usually good customer service, and I was already a customer. Now I do not know if I made the best choice. Web pages are not as beautiful as the iPhone, but they are ok using the opera browser. It does sync with my powerbook, but sometimes contacts a duplicated on the phone. No video capabilities. Also an echo is sometimes an issues for me on the handset. The verizon rep did inform me I could switch to the pearl 8130 on Nov 1 (debut day) since I can change within 30 days. Now as for the IPhone ATT is not a great network. When I call others at the office it often sounds like a computer generated voice. In san francisco a guy I work with was usung his iPhone and it was just horrible. Should I just stick it out with a verizon blackberry until a new iPhone is realesed or keep verizon for another year? If someone made the switch in North Carolina from verizon to an IPhone I would like to hear your results.