…and waiting until the iPhone 5 is released this summer.
Just in case you’ve happened to be living under a rock for the past few weeks, Verizon [finally, after years and years of waiting] announced that it was adding the iPhone to it’s product line. Much celebration was had by Verizon customers everywhere; alternatively, much grumbling was had by current iPhone users shackled to their AT&T contracts. What’s so awful about AT&T? If you live in NYC, San Francisco, or any other city with a high volume of traffic, then you also live in a city with the worst cell phone service on the planet. One of the interns in my office has an AT&T iPhone and told me that on Friday afternoon at 5 pm, she literally cannot make a phone call sometimes. This a foreign concept to those of us on Verizon.
So why have I decided not to buy the iPhone next month? I think the better question is why would you buy the Verizon iPhone 4 next month? That said, there are a couple of compelling reasons to wait on buying the new Verizon iPhone:
- We’re already halfway through the iPhone 4’s shelf life. Apple is notorious for releasing a new iPhone literally every year, and if that holds true (which there’s no reason to believe it won’t), then a new iPhone 5 will be hitting the shelves in June or July. Everyone jumping onto the iPhone 4 bandwagon now will be sorely disappointed.
- Verizon [quietly…well tried to anyway] announced that it’s ending the “New Every 2” discount program that made it so wonderful to be a Verizon customer. Existing customers will still be able to use their current cycle but after that, it’s no more. Thus, I’ve only got one shot on using my last discount correctly, and I’m not up for using that discount until at least May (hence why it makes even more sense for me to wait until June or July for the more-than-likely iPhone 5).
- There are some question marks identified by Consumer Reports, and the one in particular that I’m interested in is what will happen to the Verizon network once usage is ramped up significantly by all of the new iPhone customers. It has handled the Android market admirably, but will it begin to crack under the new iPhone pressure? Only time will tell.