Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Great Time to Join AT&T

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.

1 comment:

William said...

I have not seen any official statistics on the total amount of data traffic for the Verizon and At&t networks, but I would imagine that both networks are fairly close to each other in that regard. Verizon will not have the iPhone for another few weeks, but nearly ever Verizon user I come across is welding a smartphone. There's no denying the iPhone is a data hog, but Android devices are not data slouches either. I do agree with you that the release of the iPhone on other networks will be a boon to At&t users by freeing up their network some, but I don't think it will come close to completely solving the problem, especially in areas where numerous carriers offer service. But in rural areas where it's either At&t or Verizon, this will help At&t's network tremendously.

Now i've got to cross my fingers that T-Mobile doesn't get the iPhone and render it with the same problems as At&t. I don't think I have much to worry about.