The future looks great for AT&T customers. Verizon gets the iPhone and a few million data hogs disappear from the AT&T network freeing up bandwidth for the rest of us. If you're not an AT&T customer today, look for some really nice incentives next month to mitigate the effects of the Verizon iPhone hoopla. This is not an endorsement for the AT&T iPhone. It's a recommendation to consider the AT&T network with the device of your choice. This is a big change for us.
It's difficult to hold this position because we truly believe Verizon has the superior cellular network, and if you're planning to move up to 4G, Verizon is certainly your best choice. Verizon won't inherit AT&T's bad luck, but, if nothing else, data usage should even out across the two networks.
We haven't lost sight of the object of our 2 previous articles. The smaller wireless operators are still a safe haven from the mega-carrier attitude. The difference today is that any bad news for AT&T looks like good news for the wireless consumer. The exception may be for those customers who have been drooling at the idea of getting an iPhone in the ex-Alltel now AT&T areas of rural America. Your choices there can now be based on the superior network instead of a 'gotta have' phone.
Hopefully, the potential price (which means "Marketing") wars among the Big 2 don't hurt the smaller carriers. For those companies, 2 networks with lots of dropped calls would be the best news yet. I won't go there.