I am in NYC Area...
The other day, as I was in my apartment, I heard my Verizon Palm Treo 700p play that "No Service" Sound... Then Signal Returned! I was not even on a call... I've never tried iPhone in my apartment. This "No Service" thing in my apartment doesn't happen often at all, but it does happen, and it happens almost consistently on NY and CT state lines on some really major roads! Got Map/App for that, VZ
In a bank near me, the teller told me he loves his iPhone, but the signal inside the bank is weak. My VZ signal inside the bank is OK.
I stopped at VZ Store and was very not impressed with the Droid. The keyboard was were week, lots of typos, compared to iPhone! The UI etc. were unimpressive! Other customers near me didn't like the keyboard too, saying - "this is not as good as iPhone", or "everybody want to be an iPhone". I felt like I stepped into ATT commercial
! The web page didn't look as good as iPhone! I like iPhone's Gestures better than Tap-Zooming!
When I mentioned that VZ is CDMA, and thus no Voice and Internet at the same time
on any of their phones, those people around me were surprised! I guess not many people know about that limitation, and ATT is stupid not to point that limitation out in their ads about VZ!
ATT also has Roll-Over
minutes to brag about, and they should in their ads! Hey, if I paid for my minutes, why am I being told when to use them? It's like buying a soda or something else -- I'll drink it when I am thirsty! Why are you taking my bottle away
!? I probably could come up with a better analogy, but you get the point!
The VZ staff was unimpressive too in terms of a vibe, and not very bright. It's nowhere near smart and happy people as in Apple Stores, who seem to beam with pride! Some Droids were showing low batteries, and VZ staff didn't seem to care! They looked like people who don't like their boss!
Today I drove North of NYC, across the mountain, pretty rural -- I got "No Service" on Verizon
for a mile or so... If I had a flat tire there, I'd be stuck! Got Map for that?
?! Wouldn't be fun in the winter!!!
VZ had lots of dropped calls on Long Island Expressway around exists 60-70! Same on North Shore of LI!
Even if iPhone comes as Dual GSM&CDMA, Voice and Internet at the same time is a specific feature that I am not willing to compromise on, so no VZ-CDMA for me! According to some posts here, Voice and Internet at the same time might be supported on CDMA/VZ in the future, but is that future coming sooner than ATT's Improvement in 3G Coverage and Speed? Even if those 2 futures were to come at the same time, VZ's $350 Cancellation Fee sounds like a trap to me! And I think Roll-Over Minutes provides a better value = my minutes - so I use them when I need them, instead of VZ trying to trip me into Overtime! It's like the old days, when I had to look over my shoulder, call in to see how many minutes I've used to avoid the Overtime Gotcha! Thus, I don't see much incentive to wait for VZ iPhone, unless it's for sure does Voice and Internet at the same time + Roll-Over Minutes, so it's even playing field with ATT!!! At this point, I have more faith in ATT improving their 3G Coverage, particularly with all those VZ Ads "inspiring" them... If all carriers drop $$$ that's even better!
Luckily, I am in NYC Area, so I assume that ATT and VZ are pretty close in their Coverage. Rural areas around NYC are a toss up, hit or miss! Depends on location, no matter what VZ ads claim!
So, I am just waiting for the next MacBook Pro, and then the best way to migrate my Treo Memos to iPhone!
And, like I said here before -- God help those Droid users when they need SUPPORT! I'll never again go back to the Old Treo days when their Support, in Philippines, sent me to VZ, and VZ sent me to Palm Support! That's what it'll be like for Droid users, except Google doesn't do Phone Support, never mind in Person at the Stores, unless they copy MSFT copying Apple Retail Stores
! Nobody does support better than Apple! With the 4th Store coming to NYC, it'll be even better, plus Apple's 800# Phone Support!
I am not biased against ATT or VZ. I get along with people anywhere. I can get the most unfriendly Techs to help me, and same with Customer Service. I just want the best Performance @ the Lowest Price! No Voice and Internet at the same time sounds like Old Dial Up Days, and I will not settle for that! And, Google Maps for Droid "caching" so I can be on the phone... -- not good enough for me! I'd rather print the Directions from Google Map on my Mac for those rare occasions when I need to go somewhere where I don't know the area too well...
Too bad I'll be saying Good Bye to some nice folks at VZ whom I befriended continuously for the last 15 years! They've been nice to me! When some VZ folks try to put down iPhone, cause they don't sell it, that's when I realize that they are not really true friends, but just friendly Salesmen! I told them exactly this, and they've been understanding and respectful, particularly when No Voice and Internet at the same time limitation came up! They all agreed, while lowering their voice, so that customers don't hear..., that iPhone is a great phone! At the same time, VZ's Network Mantra sounded a bit too tired to me!!! But, their ads seem to have convinced a lot of people that it is true, and thus VZ is some kind of Great Savior on a White Horse!!! To me that sound like a PR Horse Sh*t! Maybe ATT learns how to answer those commercials!!!
Thus far I've observed the following:
The most sophisticated users go for iPhone, thus ATT! The businessman, and or less sophisticated ones, who mostly need email and SMS, and not a lot of integration with their computers, particularly like multi-media - those folks go for BlackBerries!
The more poor folks, or those who travel outside US, and their kids with Sidekicks, go with T-Mobile, and the poorest folks, particularly the "New Americans" -- go with Sprint, cause it's the cheapest!
In short, the more sophisticated, educated the user, the more likely he/she is to end up with iPhone. Eventually, based on my conversations with the BlackBerry users, and other observations, I predict that will want more, and will graduate to iPhones! Hope this doesn't make me sound snobbish or elitist - that's just what I've seen around me in NYC, including people I know!
The more I played with Android OS phones, the more I appreciated iPhone! Can't wait to get one, and join all my friends who love it!
Can't wait for LTE when the carriers will have to compete on a more level playing field, and the phones are no longer exclusive!!!!