Verizon iPhones with Fewer Dropped Calls

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Changewave has [url='http://www.changewaveresearch.com/articles/2011/att_verizon_iphone4_20110405.html"]released[/url] information on survey's they've performed since the release of the Verizon iPhone 4. The Verizon iPhone 4 was finally launched in February after nearly 4 years of AT&T exclusivity in the U.S. AT&T was frequently criticized for poor reception and call service. Changewave's survey found that new Verizon iPhone users are indeed experiencing fewer dropped calls than their AT&T counterparts:





The percentage of dropped calls for Verizon and AT&T correspond to non-iPhone users on the same networks. Changewave notes Verizon is still in the early stages of its iPhone 4 offerings and that additional network pressures could affect their systems. In particular, it seems that future iPhone buyers seem to be planning on buying from Verizon over AT&T:




Verizon revealed that the iPhone 4 launch has been their fastest selling launch in history, though neither Apple nor Verizon has released any breakdown in their sales numbers.

Article Link: Verizon iPhones with Fewer Dropped Calls
 

OrganMusic

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Makes sense.
 

alent1234

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that qualcomm radio chip helps. my cheapo android phone is better than a phone than my old iphone
 

Popeye206

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Hummm... I'd say the minor change on the antenna in Verizon version is making the difference. But, could just be AT&T too... but I have no issues where I live with my iPhone and AT&T.

Anyway... good to see such satisfaction rates... I know I fall into that 80% of very satisfied.
 

theydonotmove

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went to the apple store to help a friend buy an iphone

and the apple specialist was almost ignoring the Verizon iphone. She talked more about the AT&T iPhone, and only volunteered info about the Verizon version when we specifically asked about it.

Either this particular apple employee was biased towards the AT&T iPhone, or there is a company-wide preference.

I might go to other stores to test this out.

Anyone else noticed a bias ion carriers?
 

Popeye206

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and the apple specialist was almost ignoring the Verizon iphone. She talked more about the AT&T iPhone, and only volunteered info about the Verizon version when we specifically asked about it.

Either this particular apple employee was biased towards the AT&T iPhone, or there is a company-wide preference.

I might go to other stores to test this out.

Anyone else noticed a bias ion carriers?
Sounds like either and old habit or an employee preference. Hard to tell with one instance. Or, could be they like pushing the Talk and surf feature on AT&T over Verizon?
 

SAD*FACED*CLOWN

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and the apple specialist was almost ignoring the Verizon iphone. She talked more about the AT&T iPhone, and only volunteered info about the Verizon version when we specifically asked about it.

Either this particular apple employee was biased towards the AT&T iPhone, or there is a company-wide preference.

I might go to other stores to test this out.

Anyone else noticed a bias ion carriers?
it's more than likely that they just wanted to liquidate their existing supplies of GSM iPhones...considering the Verizon version just recently went on sale they probably have less in stock
 

deannnnn

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and the apple specialist was almost ignoring the Verizon iphone. She talked more about the AT&T iPhone, and only volunteered info about the Verizon version when we specifically asked about it.

Either this particular apple employee was biased towards the AT&T iPhone, or there is a company-wide preference.

I might go to other stores to test this out.

Anyone else noticed a bias ion carriers?
What do you mean she was talking more about the AT&T iPhone? They're the same phone.
 

Popeye206

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I don't remember the last call I placed that wasn't dropped. (AT&T)
And you have not done something about it? You know if it's your signal, AT&T most likely will give you a microcel tower for your house. Or maybe there's an issue with your phone?

Sorry... but when someone makes statements like this, it sounds fake. No one would put up with every call dropping without getting a solution. Especially when there is one.
 

todus24

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Zero drops in Bay Area, since day 1

Ancedotally, I've had my VeriPhone for a week prior to the launch, use it mostly in San Francisco and the East Bay, and have had zero drops with average phone usage. And, where my earlier Verizon feature phones dropped early and often, especially around my house which is nestled right up against a big hill, nothing, no issues from this phone. I couldn't be happier.

Data-wise, it's a different story. 3G is Slow slow slow, all the time.

For me, it's less of an issue. I'm not posting pix to facebook or watching a lot of videos on my iPhone. But, to get attachments or YouSendIt files of any real size, don't hold your breath.
 

Rot'nApple

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but I have no issues where I live with my iPhone and AT&T.

Anyway... good to see such satisfaction rates... I know I fall into that 80% of very satisfied.
"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today". :D

Precisely why that graph is a little misleading. No doubt ATT has it's weak spots and holes in coverage in some areas and to be an iPhone owner in those areas must suck. However, as in your case where you have no issues... ie. dropped calls, you're not amongst the complainers.

A better graph would be a comparison of state by state and city by city comparison. This all inclusive graph is just bunk! That's like saying one bad soldier and the whole army is a collection of rogues or one bad cop and the whole force is corrupt... It just ain't so!
 

theydonotmove

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Sounds like either and old habit or an employee preference. Hard to tell with one instance. Or, could be they like pushing the Talk and surf feature on AT&T over Verizon?
Strangely enough, she mentioned that the "Immaculate iphone experience" involved talking and surfing.

It was more than just how much she mentioned the Verizon iPhone (ViPhone?).

Her entire inflection and body language changed. As though she was reluctantly admitting some terrible sacrifice the company has made by doing business with Verizon.

I'm thinking this is individual employee bias. But i wouldn't be surprised if it gets out that there is an Apple company-wide slant to the AT&T version. Apple has engaged in anti-competitive practices before.
 

Small White Car

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And you have not done something about it? You know if it's your signal, AT&T most likely will give you a microcel tower for your house. Or maybe there's an issue with your phone?

Sorry... but when someone makes statements like this, it sounds fake. No one would put up with every call dropping without getting a solution. Especially when there is one.
I went though a few months like this back in 2009. The solution was "use my desk phone" while I was at work. Nothing else I could do.

It's gotten better since then...then worse for awhile...and now it seems to be better.
 

jkerr45

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I've had my iPhone unlocked on T-Mobile for the past two years and never had a dropped call.
 

Thunder82

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Ancedotally, I've had my VeriPhone for a week prior to the launch, use it mostly in San Francisco and the East Bay, and have had zero drops with average phone usage. And, where my earlier Verizon feature phones dropped early and often, especially around my house which is nestled right up against a big hill, nothing, no issues from this phone. I couldn't be happier.

Data-wise, it's a different story. 3G is Slow slow slow, all the time.
This. I switched to a Verizon iPhone day 1 and was amazed how much AT&Ts 3G network blows the doors off of Verizon's speed wise. I haven't had a single dropped call on Verizon, but overall the phone feels much slower due to the slower network. You don't realize how many apps rely on data usage until your network speeds get cut. (avg speedtest on ATT was 2-5mbps down, Verizon I've never seen more than 1.2mbps down)
 

Dinø

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In other news…

A redesigned iPhone 4 works better than the original? Who would have thought.

Obviously having redundant antennas on the Verizon model and the phone's ability to choose the antenna not in contact with the user's hand is going to yield better results.
 
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