AT&T says its not worried about losing iPhone again

Verizon iPhone doesn\'t worry AT&T
Verizon iPhone doesn't worry AT&T

As the chatter about AT&T losing exclusivity of the Apple iPhone grows louder, AT&T is insisting that it isn’t worried about how it will compete without having Apple’s smartphone all to itself.

At the D conference, AT&T’s Glenn Lurie reiterated that the company has other competitive advantages that go beyond just having the iPhone. He even brought up analogies to how losing exclusivity on the Motorola Razr years ago was thought to hurt the carrier but didn’t.

“We have 93 million customers and they all have different devices. We have come out publicly and said we aren’t concerned about it at all,” said Lurie. “The iPhone has been a great device for a long time, and we are in a position to compete with anyone who has any device at any time.”

No matter how badly some users would like to switch to a Verizon iPhone, there will be some sticky factors which won’t make it very simple. AT&T has said that many of its iPhone users are on family or business plans and those aren’t very easy to get out of.

Additionally, many iPhone 4 owners are still in the midst of a two-year contract, which means hopping over to Verizon would require a costly early-termination fee. While some would gladly pay that to actually be able to use their Apple smartphone as a phone, I’m guessing many would just ride out their contracts and then check out their options.

A Verizon iPhone would be very appealing to may Big Red users although there are rumors that it will be a 3G-only device that can’t use the carrier’s recently-launched 4G LTE network. Will this still be attractive to mobile enthusiasts who want the top-of-the-line device when there are Android 4G devices available?

Would you jump ship if AT&T lost exclusivity?

[Via All Things D]

  • ohio818

    With my iPhone 4, I get consistently 3-6 Mbps down, 1.5 up all around the Cleveland/Akron area, and can do it while I’m talking on the phone. I don’t remember the last time I dropped a call. And I have an unlimited data plan. Why on earth would I switch to Verizon? My speed would be cut by more than half and I couldn’t talk and tether at the same time. I’m not considering switching to Verizon for this.

  • ohio818

    With my iPhone 4, I get consistently 3-6 Mbps down, 1.5 up all around the Cleveland/Akron area, and can do it while I’m talking on the phone. I don’t remember the last time I dropped a call. And I have an unlimited data plan. Why on earth would I switch to Verizon? My speed would be cut by more than half and I couldn’t talk and tether at the same time. I’m not considering switching to Verizon for this.

    • Anonymous

      True, AT&T 3G is actually much, much faster than Verizon. For those in San Francisco, New York and other places though, AT&T is quite awful. Like, worth $500 in fees and new activations to switch awful.

    • Anonymous

      True, AT&T 3G is actually much, much faster than Verizon. For those in San Francisco, New York and other places though, AT&T is quite awful. Like, worth $500 in fees and new activations to switch awful.

    • Anonymous

      True, AT&T 3G is actually much, much faster than Verizon. For those in San Francisco, New York and other places though, AT&T is quite awful. Like, worth $500 in fees and new activations to switch awful.

      • ohio818

        Sure, AT&T is definitely awful in some select locations. And I’m sure people in those places would have a very different review than I do. I find that most cities to which I travel, however, really do have great AT&T service. I’m particularly impressed with AT&T’s service in Cleveland, where the A and B channels of 850MHz belong to Verizon and Alltel (Verizon). AT&T has done a terrific job with the shoddier 1900MHz band, despite the obvious setbacks. Of course it wasn’t always that way, but after the media kicked AT&T’s butt in recent years, they had no choice but to increase backhaul and improve service–and here, they did just that.

        • Anonymous

          Not disagreeing. I think AT&T gets a little bit of bad rap because much of the tech press is based in San Francisco and New York.

        • Anonymous

          Not disagreeing. I think AT&T gets a little bit of bad rap because much of the tech press is based in San Francisco and New York.

        • http://myuserid.myopenid.com/ Your Name

          > Sure, AT&T is definitely awful in some select locations

          According to this month’s Consumer Reports, users reported *EVERY* AT&T city they surveyed as “bad”.

          Must all just be a coincidence.

  • at&taintthatbad

    I’m in Atlanta and with my iPhone 4 I’m not quite sure of the actual numbers but my speeds are quite good and I don’t have a problem with drop calls. I travel down to Orlando a lot and I don’t have any problems down there either. It wasn’t till just before I got my iPhone that I was aware that AT&T had such a crappy repretation. I have no problem with them I’m staying.

  • Cuseguy

    I am not nearly as discontent with AT&T as some and while Verizon does have distinct voice advantages, their first-gen iPhone is almost guaranteed to be 3G only, judging from Vzw’s own comments about LTE. Therefore, stuck on a newly overloaded VZW 3G network with the limitations of CDMA to boot ( no data and phone at same time) and it tells me it may not be the panacea everyone is hoping for. 2-3 years down the road when the VZW LTE build out is complete, is a whole different thing and I will highly consider packaging it with my FIOS services at that time. But for 2011, not so much.

  • Dkstoute

    I will jump the second another carrier gets the iPhone. AT&T service sucks in New Orleans. It is pathetic that I can get 5 bars of 3G service in Honduras in the middle of the jungle, but have no service at my house in New Orleans. Verizon, Sprint, can’t be no worse that AT&T. I will be happy to get rid of the shitty / spotty service

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