QUESTION: Will Verizon face troubling future even with the iPhone?
ANSWER: Not hardly!
I currently have a BlackBerry; the BlackBerry Tour to be exact. It will likely be the last Verizon cell phone I own before Apple’s iPhone lands in a Verizon Store near me.
However, I’m not a huge fan of the BlackBerry technology. It has outlived its time. These days, BlackBerry phones have way too many issues. The BlackBerry OS has zero WOW factor, is antiquated, is slow/sluggish and is lacking in features.
Additionally, Corporations need BlackBerry’s expensive enterpriser server software to use the BlackBerry on a corporate network. Personally, I can’t believe any corporation leadership was dumb enough to buy BlackBerry exchange. BlackBerry exchange is a waste of money, just like most Micro$lop products (most, not all). Had any of them asked me before jumping on the BlackBerry/Micro$lop train, I could have spared them Millions of dollars.
Most big corporations will never have an IT guy like me though. I’m think with my head and not with paper accolades.
I’m big fan of Apple and Steve Jobs. Both are confident in their NIX (Linux/Unix) variant OS X desktop platform and their iOS mobile platform.
Google also backs a NIX variant desktop platform, called Chrome OS (and the open source Chromium Project) and their Android mobile platform.
Apple and Google have shown NIX is superior; bigger, better, faster – and and is way more efficient than anything BlackBerry, Micro$lop or Palm has to offer.
I have Verizon, because their network is the best – PERIOD. Verizon has the least dropped calls, the most reliable network and the best customer service of cellular companies. Verizon’s voice and data are handled on separate channels, where voice calls are given priority. This means the voice network doesn’t get bogged down, during peak data usage (unlike AT&T’s network).
It is rumored the Verizon iPhone will not be 4G capable and this doesn’t make a lot of people happy. These unhappy people site the network overload problems AT&T is notorious for, due to the iPhone. However, I don’t think this is a big deal, given the iPhone will be operating on Verizon’s EVDO system.
Verizon my have the least dropped calls, the most reliable network and the best customer service, but they are also way more cautious than consumers want them to be. They are like the Debian GNU/Linux of the Cellular world. Verizon almost never has the “COOLEST” phones until after most other carriers get them. Just now getting iPhone, is par for the course.
I’m the same way. I like new technology. I read about it. Research it. Play with it. Yet, I almost never buy the latest technology, as soon as it is released. I make it a habit to wait for Version 2.0 as much as I can. So does Verizon.
I’ve tried AT&T service, right next to Verizon’s service. and I would have to say, AT&T isn’t half the man Verizon is. The only thing AT&T has going for them IS the iPhone. Verizon may not have the iPhone yet, but when they get it, AT&T will have financial struggles.
So, what will I buy if Verizon doesn’t get the iPhone? The only other realistic cell phone option, in my mind, is a cell phone running Google’s Android.