Washington DC/VA/MD Area: AT&T vs. Verizon iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by donaldcc, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. donaldcc macrumors newbie

    donaldcc

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    I got my iPhone 5 yesterday and notice the AT&T models were selling-out like hotcakes! Is there something I am missing about the AT&T version of the phone?

    Forum Question: Why does it seem that most locations sold out of the AT&T phones....Is the AT&T phone better than Verizon for the DC/MD/VA area???
     
  2. 435713 macrumors 6502a

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    Hello fellow DC area native :)

    Maybe it was just the area you were in? Around these parts AT&T and Verizon both seem to get really good coverage. Of course were are a freaking large metropolitan area. Could be the voice and data at the same time thing or just random that everyone was doing that.

    I think the count in the circle I know are 10 iPhones 6 AT&T and 4 Verizon. None complain about service on either.
     
  3. donaldcc thread starter macrumors newbie

    donaldcc

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    Hi Sacrid! Thanks for this feedback. I was just wondering because it seems as though the AT&T phones were selling out at the Clarendon, Tyson, and several other stores on the launch day. As for me...I left AT&T this go around for Verizon! AT&T was the worst for me...in terms of drop calls and consistent service.
     
  4. sselemit macrumors member

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    All because of the Sim. That's why GSM is more popular than CDMA generally, not just in Metro area; even though CDMA is more advanced. Calling customer service is ALOT more hassle than popping in the sim. :cool:
     
  5. aajeevlin macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure if I agree with the last statement. If you have a Verizon CDMA phone and you want to swap to a different one, all you have to do is go to the Verizon website and enter some number from the phone and you are done.

    I just did that a few month ago for a relative. Her phone was dying, so I bought a used CDMA phone, swap it out for her on Verizon website and send the phone to her. No need to call anybody.

    Also, I would think the Verizon iPhone 5 would now be more popular consider that they are not SIM locked like the ATT iPhone 5.
     
  6. co22 macrumors member

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    Hi donaldcc, how is Verizon working out for you on your iPhone 5?

    I'm thinking of switching from AT&T (currently using a 4S) once the shipping times go from 3-4 weeks to a couple of days. My main issues with AT&T are a weak indoor signal (at my office in the Tysons Corner area) and the dismal service they have at Nationals Park and in/near the Verizon Center.

    Has anyone switched and getting better service with Verizon than with AT&T in the DC area?
     
  7. jandre macrumors newbie

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    No simultaneous voice and data = no Verizon for me. I am also in the DC area and while the coverage is generally acceptable, as it happens the one place I get rather poor coverage is at my office. I am also having issues with simultaneous data and calls though on AT&T which I thought was supposed to work. Something about CDMA needing an extra antenna vs GSM. Might wind up returning it for this reason and trying a different phone.
     
  8. robertk328 macrumors regular

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    Made the switch and happy with VZW. It works in areas we had trouble before (out towards Winchester) as well as areas we visit for family that have 0 AT&T coverage. So we are happy.

    No voice/data is a minor thing for us. No signal means you won't get either. And with VoLTE in the near future it won't be that way forever where Verizon can't do both.
     

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