Junior Andy Kersey looks forward to Verizon’s iPhone 4.
“I’m excited to get my iPhone because all my jobs and internship companies use the iPhone. It’s a simple business tool and it’s easily portable and manageable. I’m excited to see all the new tech specs and upgrades that my current EnV3 doesn’t have,” Kersey said.
Matt Hamblen of Computerworld.com reports that the Verizon anticipates the sale of 11 million iPhones. Kersey notes the effects on Verizon customers.
“Verizon is already the biggest network and now with this release I can only see them growing more. I think people with the Droids and competing Verizon smart phones will stick with their choices,” Kersey said.
Freshman Verizon Wireless customer Juliana Wallace plans to keep her current phone rather than switch to the iPhone 4.
“I’m not tech-savvy. I just want a phone that works. I have old-fashioned things, so I don’t like [phones] with touch-screens,” Wallace said.
Verizon Wireless, as a network, is ready to meet the customer increase when the iPhone is released.
“We’ve been preparing the network for expansion for the last year, anticipating the launch of the iPhone,” Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said during the company’s earnings conference call on Tuesday. “We are well-prepared from a network perspective,” according to www.ConsumerAffairs.com.
While Verizon Wireless is prepared for the release, AT & T Wireless is preparing as well.
“There will be price competition between cell phone carriers. AT&T is expected to roll out some competitive phone plans, especially for the iPhone, as a way to keep customers from defecting to Verizon,” according to www.cbsnews.com.
Wallace believes the Verizon iPhone will not have a permanently negative effect on AT & T.
“I think [especially if customers] find glitches in the Verizon iPhone, people will still buy AT &T products anyway, especially if AT & T is with Apple,” Wallace said.
Kersey, however, feels that Verizon’s iPhone will cause problems for AT & T Wireless.
“I’m pretty sure AT & T cellular service will be losing customers drastically, because the services Verizon is offering that AT & T doesn’t are pretty differing. For instance, AT &T requires you to use Wi-Fi for face time. Verizon will allow face time on the new 4G LTE network, meaning you can do it anywhere you have service,” Kersey said.
For more information about the iPhone 4 plans and prices, students can visit www.verizonwireless.com.