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Study has 34% of iPhone users ready to jump to Verizon

updated 05:10 pm EDT, Fri August 13, 2010

Study hints ATT to lose third of iPhones to VZ

AT&T could see as much as a third of its iPhone subscriber base leave for Verizon when a CDMA iPhone is ready, market researchers at Morpace found on Friday. Of those in a study who already have an iPhone, 34 percent plan to get a new model only when Verizon is carrying Apple's device. Almost half of all AT&T users, 47 percent, would at least contemplate switching to Verizon just to get an iPhone on that network.

The results further corroborated predictions that a Verizon iPhone might dampen Android's performance. About 51 percent of existing Verizon customers were considering buying an iPhone if available. Across all carriers, 29 percent would want an iPhone; T-Mobile users are the most loyal to the existing lineup at 20 percent considering the handset.

Morpace's results touch on 1,000 users and isn't wholly representative of AT&T's subscriber base. The results often favor technically aware customers, many of whom live in San Francisco or other areas where AT&T service is a problem. The figures could regardless contradict AT&T's view that few will switch and might hint at hundreds of thousands or millions of subscribers changing sides. [via TechCrunch]

By Electronista Staff


  1. mappingman

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005


    Current and Waiting

    Count me in as a current ATT customer waiting for the Verizon version of an iPhone. I have the original 8GB iPhone. I was tempted to get an iPhone 4, but with all of the rumors about a Verizon version, I'll wait some more.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2008



    I don't begrudge anyone Verizon, especially their billing department. I've been happy with AT&T and I live in Los Angeles. The best thing about them opening it to Verizon is it will offload a lot of the iPhone traffic onto another carrier so everyone wins.

  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Mar 2009


    fine with me

    I can't wait for the iPhone to be available on another network. I'm staying on AT&T but some competition won't hurt. I'd rather see someone get an iPhone than an Android-based phone, although I'm not worried about the Android market.

  1. DBvader

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Feb 2003


    Plus one...

    I can't wait to ditch AT&T...I can't remember the last time I was able to make a successful phone call with my iPhone (whether it was my 2G or 3G one). I've tried to explain this to AT&T's customer service man times and they say I must be mistaken, AT&T has the best service...WTF?

  1. David Esrati

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 1999


    Apple needs to move faster

    With the critical Christmas buying season coming- if Apple hopes to stem the growth of Android- they need to pay off AT&T and get Verizon or other carriers onboard quickly-
    I wrote about it here:
    They don't want to repeat history and loose market share that they will have a hard time winning back.
    The most important thing is enlarging the pool of iOS users for iAd to work- and for the App store to keep selling products that make Apple a boatload of money.
    They are still primarily a software company- and they shouldn't forget it.

  1. inspectorgadget

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2002


    Luke, I am your father

    AT&T's (SBC's) bloated, arrogant roughshod attitude drove my business away from all its other products years ago. I reluctantly put up with it only because of the forced, strange bedfellow relationship with Apple. If I don't lose any features and if Verizon's coverage is better than AT&T's, it's time to dump them altogether. It took 10 years for the death-star to be disassembled and since the mid-80's it has slowly reemerged in sheep's clothing. LIghtsaber where are you?

  1. ctt61

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2005


    Grass are always greener on the other side until y

    DBvader, sound like you can not successfull phone call why r u buy 2g then 3g iphone
    then you need to ditch it then.

  1. zooachtiv

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2004


    Seriously, they all suck...

    So the point you have to ask yourself is:

    Do I stand to gain from the switch?

    For me, No.. I live in Iowa City and our 3G speed is really fast.. 3+ down and 1.5+ up.. Verizon...? I dont think its that fast..

    I also travel to europe once a month.. I have a hacked 3GS which is now a mobile wifi hotspot and had my german and austrian friends buy me data sims.. I get 5GB for about 30 euro.. ATT grabbed my a** off for $900! I had to use the data, and wifi isnt like it is here in the USA.. It's $$$!

    Verizon is CDMA.. so forget about using your iPhone4 traveling abroad.

    my .02

  1. redcapzero

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2007



    ...that Apple and T-mobile work something out. Been with T-mobile for a few years now, and very much enjoy their service (all aspects) here in the Bay Area. I can even attain / retain 4 bars while strolling Blind Beach (Sonoma Coast) something I never could do with Verizon; however, with even one aditional carrier, Verizon or T-mobile (please)...sweet move!


  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: Nov 2006



    Google will be shittening their pant if it comes true.

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