Marco Arment on life with Verizon:
It’s easy to think that the grass is always greener away from AT&T, but keep in mind that these are cellular carriers: massive oligopolists that don’t give a s*** about us. Their phones are ARPU vending machines, first and foremost, not communication tools. Cellular carriers are only a small step above cable and phone companies in the contempt and disregard they show for their customers.
This sums up my thoughts on wireless phone companies. I don’t think I could have said it any better.
(h/t Daring Fireball)
Mac Rumors quotes an interview with the Verizon CEO in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) that mentions the iPhone.
…the notion of Apple Inc.’s iPhone ever coming to the Verizon Wireless network, saying it is more likely that Apple would be willing to work with the carrier under the fourth-generation, or 4G, network, which follows the same technology standard as AT&T Inc.’s 4G plans. – WSJ via Mac Rumors
The timeline is interesting with Verizon’s 4G network launching in 2010 and AT&T’s exclusivity agreement rumored to run out that year. With AT&T said to be trying to extend its pact with Apple, it’s easy to assume that Apple might shopping around for new partners.
On a personal note, this timeline is very interesting as Verizon is set to take over Alltel’s Oklahoma network in 2010, and my AT&T contract ends mid-year 2010.