Chitika, the popular advertising network, is running an interesting little tracker that shows iPhone usage between AT&T and Verizon. The Verizon iPhone became available to everyone on February 10, and for months, speculation that AT&T would lose a good chunk of its subscribers to Verizon has run rampant. Chitika has decided to keep an eye on this usage trend to see exactly what happens.
Right now, it’s skewed heavily in favor of AT&T – 97% versus 3% – but that’s to be expected. The CDMA model of the iPhone 4 has only been in the hands of users for a few days, so we’ll need to give this a little more time to see how it plays out. However, if yesterday’s lines at Apple stores, or the lack thereof, is any indicator, these numbers may not change dramatically for months.
Consumers have come to expect that Apple introduces a new iPhone every summer, so perhaps many thought that buying an iPhone now is a bad idea. Perhaps it is. However, there were those who have desperately waited for years in hopes that the Apple smartphone would hit the Verizon network, and so they went ahead and made the leap now.
For now, the disparity between AT&T and Verizon iPhone users will remain pretty large, but I’d expect these numbers to possibly level out soon. We’ll have to wait and see as there is a remote possibility that this summer’s new iPhone might be a GSM-only model if it doesn’t turn out to be a dual-mode world phone.