Verizon Wireless ready for iPhone onslaught thanks to Android

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Verizon is reportedly using Android to beef up its network in preparation for an onslaught of iPhone customers. The latest CDMA iPhone rumor assumes that Verizon will debut the device early next year and is preparing now for this highly popular smartphone from Apple. Unlike AT&T, whose network has struggled under the load of millions of data-hungry iPhone users, Verizon is reportedly being proactive and has worked on increasing capacity thanks to its Android users who gobble up data faster than their iPhone counterparts.

According to data compiled by senior analyst Matthew Goodman of Majestic Research, Verizon has 9 million Android users, while AT&T is estimated to have 16.5 million iPhone customers. While AT&T may have an upper hand when it comes to subscriber numbers, there is a disparity in data usage. Data obtained from Validas, a company that specializes in analysing usage from mobile phone bills, suggests that Android customers use an average of 485MB of data per month, while iPhone owners consume 344MB per month.

Note that this 485MB figure is based upon non-BlackBerry smartphone usage on Verizon, the bulk of which are Android handsets. Actual Android data usage could be higher as this average includes the presumably lower data consumption rates for the Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pixi Plus, and Windows Mobile handsets.

Verizon knows that the world will be watching its network performance very closely to see how it performs when (if?) the rumored CDMA iPhone makes its debut. Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi sums it up when he says this about Big Red’s post-iPhone network performance:

“failure to deliver strong performance could undermine our projections—significantly.”

With a potential to add 13 million iPhones over a two-year period and a concomitant increase in data consumption, Verizon better be ready for this increased network load or it may be forced to relinquish its self-proclaimed status as the “Nation’s Largest And Most Reliable 3G Network”.

[Via the Wall Street Journal]

  • http://twitter.com/CGforever ……..

    that makes it sound like verzion could care less about android but instead just using them phones to help them maintain a strong network for when the iphone comes to verizon

  • http://twitter.com/CGforever ……..

    that makes it sound like verzion could care less about android but instead just using them phones to help them maintain a strong network for when the iphone comes to verizon

  • http://twitter.com/CGforever ……..

    that makes it sound like verzion could care less about android but instead just using them phones to help them maintain a strong network for when the iphone comes to verizon

  • http://twitter.com/CGforever ……..

    that makes it sound like verzion could care less about android but instead just using them phones to help them maintain a strong network for when the iphone comes to verizon

  • http://twitter.com/CGforever ……..

    that makes it sound like verzion could care less about android but instead just using them phones to help them maintain a strong network for when the iphone comes to verizon

  • http://twitter.com/CGforever ……..

    that makes it sound like verzion could care less about android but instead just using them phones to help them maintain a strong network for when the iphone comes to verizon

  • http://twitter.com/CGforever ……..

    that makes it sound like verzion could care less about android but instead just using them phones to help them maintain a strong network for when the iphone comes to verizon

  • http://twitter.com/CGforever ……..

    that makes it sound like verzion could care less about android but instead just using them phones to help them maintain a strong network for when the iphone comes to verizon

  • http://twitter.com/CGforever ……..

    that makes it sound like verzion could care less about android but instead just using them phones to help them maintain a strong network for when the iphone comes to verizon

  • http://twitter.com/CGforever ……..

    that makes it sound like verzion could care less about android but instead just using them phones to help them maintain a strong network for when the iphone comes to verizon

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/72CGYGRSVF442GT2B76ZEUCRLY Jeff

    More baseless speculation. Neither Apple nor Verizon has confirmed anything. This rumor has been around for years.

  • Microdot

    really? so… the iphone is the ONLY smartphone that att has? its the ONLY device that consumes data on att’s network?

    to top that… where in the world did you pull those numbers from? apple/att has sold over 24 million iphones in the last year alone.

    its not a matter of whether verizons network is ready… its not. nobodys is. when you pile that much data into a concentrated area… you are going to have issues. the good news about the iphone going to verizon (if true) are that it would be a win/win for everyone… less people on att’s network means better throughput… and better competition.

    this is the most inane dribble ive ever read. please check your facts and correct.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FVUQSY6MWT7YL6PBSRHRHCEIW4 Nasher

    I used an android phone for 2 months, then I realized it was junk and went back to the Iphone.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4D375DAKXWYHNF54EIJ4ZYRDQY Josh

    AT&T’s network was the major drawback to the iPhone for years; especially with launching a non 3G phone initially. Verizon might have what it takes…if they ever make a CDMA iPhone.

    -JoshCDT
    CDTek.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4D375DAKXWYHNF54EIJ4ZYRDQY Josh

    AT&T’s network was the major drawback to the iPhone for years; especially with launching a non 3G phone initially. Verizon might have what it takes…if they ever make a CDMA iPhone.

    -JoshCDT
    CDTek.com

  • Froggbiz

    The main reason I did not jump on the iPhone was poor AT&T service where I use my phone. I’m glad that happen as I found I really like the android being it’s more compatible with my PC then apple gear. I have peers that have left iPhone to be able to do what I can do with my android based phone. I really need my phone to integrate well with work as it’s not a toy for me or a social statement.

    Also. . . having some competition always makes products better. So having iPhone finally on verizon has to be good for all. It will be good to finally see all my iPhone friends finally have options for service providers.A good phone does you no good if can’t get good service.

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