Verizon to Reveal iPhone Competitor This Summer

It appears that when Verizon turned down the iPhone when Apple approached them first, the company had a good reason. The company believes that the exclusivity of the phone won't do much to help AT&T. Instead, Verizon hints that it has a superior network and cellular technology. "The issue is not the Apple-ness of the iPhone itself, but with the cellular network that it is running on. That will be the true test of the iPhone: What will the iPhone experience be?" said Denny Strigl, Verizon's chief operating officer, insinuating that AT&T's network is sub-par. Strigl confirmed that Verizon is already working with an unnamed manufacturer on a phone that will directly compete against the iPhone. "We do have a very good response in the mill. You'll see that from us in the late summer," said the Verizon CEO.

News source: DailyTech

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What the hell are these phone companies afraid of, an iPod you can call people with that costs $500? Most smartphones from 2 years ago are more advanced and cost less but because they dont have commercials with sexy shadows dancing around so they must not be worth buying.

Only thing hurting the iPhone is Cingulars terrible EDGE network or whatever they call it, anyone i know who has cingular and a pda type phone the internet sucks and is almost worthless even will full service, it is just too slow IMO.

I'm lucky...I must be one of a few that has never had a problem with AT&T, then Cingular, and now at&t.
I'm in a metro area, so I don't get out in the "sticks" much, so I've always had good voice service. I don't
use their data packages, other than SMS

They couldn't cripple the phone's software, so they're going with someone else who can let them cripple their phone with their crappy software.

AT&T's network is crap. The reason they have "the fewest dropped calls" is because you can hardly make a call in the first place :laugh:

But seriously though, when I had Cingular I could hardly get reception in my own home. I'm so glad I switched to Verizon. I get reception everywhere I go.

I am sooo glad Apple went with Cingular (AT&T) in the end, but I think Verison will be regretting their decision soon, if not already.

apple really shoved it in ATT's bum to get this deal....while they may get a few new subscribers, the bottom line of ATT wont see much of a gain