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Verizon getting the iPhone would be a great news to be celebrated to many who has got the experience of dropping 10 calls in a line or has been teased by hollow signal bars and just simply had a miserable AT&T experience. But they should not buy one. I’ll tell why. First of all , let us keep in mind what Verizon launched, exactly. A new carrier for the iPhone 4. That’s it. Not a new product.
Apple will announce a new iPhone 5 before July, as they have done each year since 2008. It will go on sale later that month, or in early August, as it has been every year. That’s six months from now. And it will be better than the iPhone 4 in some concrete way. Maybe not on the same level as the difference between the 3GS and the iPhone 4, but it will have something different to offer. And everybody will want it, because that’s how matters seem to go with Apple. There is just enough newness to make whatever Apple product you have presently got in your hand look lacking in some way.
But the people who just bought on an iPhone 4 with Verizon will be locked in new two year contracts. Their new phones, though may be better at holding calls better than their AT&T counterparts, will still be old news just a few months after they boght it. Maybe AT&T will even get mobile hotspots like Verizon, eventually and that may even change the game. And what if the iPhone does to Verizon the same thing what it did to AT&T? Let everybody else be an early adopter.
It’s possible that Verizon will come up with some attractive deal to make its unhappy iPhone 4 customers from tempting. How about unlimited data? It would be a start, since the phones cost the same as on AT&T. But the only deal you should think is one that will let you upgrade to the next iPhone almost immediately, like a one year contract but definitely not two year contract. I would not count on anything too smart, though, because Verizon is the most reasonable carrier of the four, it has got the best mixed network and hardware situation now, and it knows it. Afterall, It’s Verizon who passed up the iPhone in the first place, not the other way around.
It’s virtually guaranteed that the next iPhone will come to AT&T and Verizon at the same time. There might be a little gap, but it will likely be very small. Apple will not take risk hosing their 100 million potential new customers. So if you are on Verizon, itching to do the upgrade, my suggestion is don’t do it. Just hold on. You have held on for years. What’s there in waiting just a few more months? Its worth it.