Are You Getting a Verizon iPhone?

2:00 PM -- The virtual line for the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) 3G CDMA iPhone starts at 3 a.m. Thursday for existing Verizon Wireless customers.

Yep, pre-orders of the long-awaited device start in the wee hours for Verizon subs. The iPhone will run you $199 for a 16GB model or $299 for a 32GB model with a two-year contract. The official launch for the wider public will happen on Feb. 10. I think we can take it as 99 percent certain that they will sell out of the first batch quickly. The only question is exactly how long it will take and will it crash Verizon's website in the process?

So, I want to try and avoid the "man bites dog" route on this one and focus on why you're buying one, or not. Obviously, there's a good deal of pent-up demand and some Verizon customers will just WANT ONE whatever. I've noticed, in talking with friends and colleagues recently, about this that people are a bit more informed about the impact of the iPhone on the underlying network this time around.

It's interesting: People uniformly ask me one of these two paraphrased questions:

    Should I keep my AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) iPhone; will service get better on AT&T if lots of people move to Verizon?


    Will Verizon face the same kind of challenges that AT&T has struggled with on the network service side because of the iPhone arriving?
My instinct on this is that AT&T is bringing on enough other smart phones, tablets and 3G laptops that you won't notice a difference even if a couple of million people jump ship on Feb. 10.

I also suspect it will take months for any capacity issues to surface at Verizon. They, of course, insist that they're absolutely up to handling the massive amounts of extra data traffic that the iPhone users could generate on their network.

So what's your thinking? Are you desperate to take the plunge with the Verizon iPhone or more likely to wait and see? Perhaps you're happy with your Verizon Droid and are wondering what all the fuss is about anyway?

Let me know on the message board below and don't forget to set that alarm clock on Wednesday!

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:14:03 PM
re: Are You Getting a Verizon iPhone?

3:00 a.m. Eastern is only midnight here in California. This could be interesting.


billsblots 12/5/2012 | 5:14:01 PM
re: Are You Getting a Verizon iPhone?

Going to wait for VZW 4G handsets to change anything in my family's plan.

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:14:00 PM
re: Are You Getting a Verizon iPhone?

I'm an ATT customer in the market to upgrade my handset.  I won't be waiting in those lines since I'm not an existing VZ customer, but plan to switch over once VZ offers the new iPhone to all comers. JB

jayja 12/5/2012 | 5:13:48 PM
re: Are You Getting a Verizon iPhone?

.... our renewal is due later this year.  My wife loves her iPod Touch.  Dependng how VZ works iPhone in to the "free new phone after 2 years" deal, we might.  I'm due for a new BB at work (actually one year overdue).  My company has begun limited iPhone use; I might see if they'll let me get one.  Cross your fingers!

MMQoS 12/5/2012 | 5:13:42 PM
re: Are You Getting a Verizon iPhone?

I'm a VZW customer in Sil Valley and ex Nortel so have been waiting for an LTE iPhone although I UNDERSTAND today's chip and power related issues.  I was successful in ordering the new CDMA item for my wife (maybe) thanks to being in freezing Texas for an IPTV mtg and getting my order in early.  I have the v4 iTouch as my trial test unit and I am awaiting the new LTE MiFi announced at CES to tie it and my MAC PowerBook Pro into the VZW packet net.  Manwhile I'll stick with my old LG for voice and SMS because it is easier to activate then to have to punch in 4 numbers on the iXXXX device to make a phone call. 

Verizon has been working this thing for some time with the Cupertino gang and was lucky enough to have Korea Tel do their dirty work for a CDMA radio Apple version.  But with today's huge take up, even the stellar "Can you hear me now" CDMA network with load balancing will start to creak.  

My prognosis is that success and the resultant CDMA b/w saturation will force VZW to make attractive roll-over-to iPhone5 (LTE) offers to early customers like my wife.  Hey, look at what VZ is doing with investment in video content.  Its in their corporate interest for b/w consumption.  Give away the razor and sells ever sharper blades.

That's my bet anyway.  Now I out for a banana.



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