Finally! There’s an alternative to AT&T for iPhone users. And with Verizon as an alternative, meaning that AT&T will no longer be the exclusive iPhone carrier, the industry may end up on its heels until the dust settles. The result of now having options will cause a massive shift on several different fronts: firstly, many iPhone purists who dislike the “shoddy” AT&T experience will jump ship, which will have an effect on AT&T’s sales. Secondly, Verizon loyalists who felt Android was their only solution to their iPhone desires will undoubtedly take up an iPhone and ditch the Android, so Google is taking a punch. On the other hand, AT&T can now do more work to promote its Android smartphones, which may or may not attract or retain customers, and Verizon users will likely stick with their current carrier. Apparently, Apple is the only partner who will come out of this unscathed, with Verizon in a close second. And, on the sidelines, RIM will likely retain its lion’s share of the market at more than 33 percent.
While execs at the Verizon press conference held today at 11 a.m. EST, January 11th, in New York, were fairly elusive about such things as pricing, CDMA, and product speculation for the new iPhone 4–which, if Apple sticks to schedule should be announced in June–they did mention a few key points of interest that should answer some of your questions:
The Verizon iPhone should be available early next month, with existing customers being able to pre-order on February 3rd. The standard features you expect on the iPhone will be available on the Verizon iPhone, namely facetime, retina display, a 5-megapixel camera, HD video, an A4 chip, plus it will be hotspot capable. The price points for the Verizon iPhone are the same as those for AT&T: $199 for 16GB with a two-year contract and $299 for 32GB.
So, yes, be very excited that the iPhone is finally on Verizon, but it seems that you might be better off waiting six months for the new iPhone to be announced without any kind of current incentive to make the jump if you’re on AT&T or if you have an Android phone.