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23% of iPhone owners want Verizon as AT&T exclusivity ends

updated 11:00 pm EDT, Mon September 20, 2010

63% of iPhone owners plan to stick with AT&T

Approximately 23 percent of current iPhone owners in the US want to switch to Verizon when the opportunity arises, according to a survey conducted by Credit Suisse. The majority of subscribers intend to stick with AT&T, while a small fraction would rather sign contracts with Sprint or T-Mobile.

The survey suggests that AT&T may lose approximately 37 percent of its iPhone customer base when the carrier's exclusivity agreement expires. A separate study points to an even more dire situation for AT&T, with 34 percent of iPhone owners reportedly waiting for a Verizon offering before upgrading to a new model.

Rumors of a CDMA-equipped Verizon iPhone have circulated for several years, although the claims have yet to receive official confirmation from Apple or the carriers. iPhone distribution through several US carriers is widely accepted as inevitable, although some analysts suggest the device might head to Sprint or T-Mobile before landing on Verizon's shelves.

AT&T has maintained a positive outlook, claiming that the iPhone's departure would not have a "material negative impact" on the company's financials. The company appears to be preparing for such a loss, as many current iPhone owners were presented with an option to upgrade to the latest handset ahead of the typical upgrade schedule. SEC filings also acknowledge the end of "exclusivity arrangements."

While a Verizon iPhone may be bad news for AT&T, some analysts view the move as necessary to help Apple compete with Google in the mobile arena. Without an expansion to other carriers, the iPhone's customer base is expected to be overtaken by Android sometime in the next two years. [via Business Insider]



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  1. MyRightEye

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    Absolutely...

    And I am one of them.

  1. Mr. Strat

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    Verizon Sucks

    My vote stays with TMO. Verizon is not only crappy technology, but the company is too predatory.

  1. wrenchy

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    Ohhhh...


    Don't mention this article to Facebook_Justin.

    He'll freak!

  1. tliszt

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    +4

    Absolutely, positively

    iPhone: great product
    AT&T: lousy provider with marginal service
    Even though I *really* want an iPhone 4, I'm waiting as well because I can't stand the idea of committing another two years to an AT&T contract.

  1. JuanGuapo

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    +5

    Newsflash

    77% of iPhone owners don't want Verizon wireless.

  1. Paul Huang

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    Joined: Sep 1999

    -1

    Both are like vacuum cleaners

    One works slightly better than the other. One puts the vampire to shame (just look at where Verizon got the red pigment on their walls) and the other one rivals Hoover or Eureka.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Guaranteed Fact

    That 23% belongs in an insane asylum. There some sick sick little people let me tell you. Thank god most have at least half a brain, which is enough to stay away from CDMA.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    ignorance must be bliss

    Letting the 23% who were forced onto AT&T back onto Verizon, is not going to do jack bubkis to prevent Android from overtaking Apple's installed base.

    Android is on all 4 carriers, going to regional carriers, going into the pay-as-you go markets - on top of all that, it has accelerating sales, even on AT&T.

    That's what AT&T means, about not having a material impact. Sure for a while there they only had joke Android phones - Dell Aero and the like. Make no mistake about it, the half hearted attempts to sell Android or Palm phones, were just to get people into the store, and then move them over to the iPhone section... Now AT&T, has the same top of the line Android phone as the other carriers - Samsung Galaxy S - to name one, and they are building out their Android sales each day.

    iPhone is a great high end phone, Verizon is an important move for Apple - it certainly doesn't reverse the trends that are in place, however.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Guaranteed Fact

    I mean this is just horrible. Like I said, thank GOD only 23%, but still. iPhone owners are supposed to be intelligent people. It's times like this that I'm really sad to be an American. I mean, we are such a great country in so many ways, but our government is so stupid, or bribable, it allows evil CDMA monopolistic bullshit technology to exist, and our people are so utterly stupid they JOIN with this technology! It shows both our government and some of our people know NOTHING about technology. These 23% of people don't know how to LOOK STUFF UP. These people don't RESEARCH. I would NEVER join any major corporations network, whether it be cellular, insurance, or even a simple cable/satellite provider, without looking that company up first. Who knows what these companies your giving hundreds of dollars to every month are doing with the money, if I hadn't looked up Verizon I never would have known they used this evil technology called CDMA which is designed to create a monopolistic network to RIP OFF millions of innocent people. It really just shows how utterly stupid some people are. It would not surprise me if they were also supporters of nuclear warfare. And all you evil crooks out there, fear not! Now you know exactly how to get 23% of iPhone users to support you! Regardless of your crime, from drugs to murder to child molesting to raping to stealing to freakin cannibalism, just be sure to put a nice red check mark on your advertisements and your guaranteed a nice big 23% of iPhone owning supporters! If somebody is stupid enough to support a company that rips of millions of people, they are most certainly stupid enough to support every other crime on the planet. I guess it's true what Green Day said in their song "American Idiot" with the lyrics "one nation controlled by the media", as long as someone runs a good enough ad campaign, their product or idea WILL succeed, at least in America. Thank God at least some of us have freakin brains in our head. All you foreigners, please don't think all of us Americans are stupid, were not, and we DO have real cellular networks, like AT&T/T-Mobile. Some of us are extremely dumb, but NOT all.

  1. vasic

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    Thoroughly misleading headline

    "... as AT&T exclusivity ends" implies that it is by now common knowledge that AT&T's exclusivity is to end very shortly.

    It is not. While nobody outside of the two companies knows for certain when the exclusivity agreement will end, most reliable (and independently corroborated) leaks claim that it was a 5-year agreement. In January, it will be four years since the initial announcement of the iPhone and the agreement with AT&T. I would not be surprised to see Apple honour the whole 5-year term and stay with AT&T until January 2012. After all, what good is Verizon if they can't even manage to make enough iPhones to satisfy the demand at AT&T? The only reason AT&T is even selling any Android is because the carrier stores often don't have a single iPhone in stock. A clever AT&T salesman will obviously manipulate a customer (who walked in to buy an iPhone) into buying an Android and convincing him that it's a better phone. Customers are (for the most part) technologically ignorant and will trust sales people. That's how Android is selling in the US -- because very few mobile stores have enough stock of what vast majority of people really came to buy: the iPhone.

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