Here’s the deal… I have been an AT&T customer for several years now. I switched from Verizon because I wanted to be able to easily swap phones for review purposes. I was able to do that because AT&T is a GSM carrier and all that you need is that little bitty SIM card. Just pop it into a GSM phone and presto, it’s your new phone. With Verizon, it’s not quite as simple. You would need to call customer service, give them the IMEI number on your phone so that they could switch your service to it…
AT&T has been working out for me pretty well over the past few years and I’ve loved the convenience of being able to just swap my SIM card between phones whenever the mood strikes. So why am I thinking of going to Verizon, a non-GSM carrier? Even though I like AT&T, I do have a few complaints with them.
1. Call audio quality isn’t always that great. Sometimes it’s actually pretty crappy.
2. No 3G in my little town.
Verizon is looking good to me right now for a few reasons.
1. Verizon is the carrier of choice for my day job and as an employee, I get a nice discount.
2. There are also Verizon signal repeaters installed at the various buildings that I work in.
3. We have EVDO (3G) coverage here.
4. I have a Verizon tower about 1 mile from my house.
5. Most of my friends and family members are Verizon customers, so I can talk to them for free.
6. From what I understand, switching phones can now be done through the web instead of having to call customer service.
Reasons why I might not want to switch back to Verizon.
1. I still have about 9 months left on my AT&T contract from when I re-upped for the original iPhone. That means if I do switch, I’d have to pay an early termination fee. When I checked last month, they quoted $175.
2. Verizon’s data plans are more expensive than AT&T’s.
3. Verizon’s selection of phones consists of mainly feature phones instead of smartphones.
So there you have it. What would you do in my position? Would you also be torn? Torn between two carriers…