The Launch of the Verizon iPhone – What it Means?

This upcoming week could be one of Verizon’s biggest in a long time. Maybe ever. With all likelyhood, the annoucement will be Tuesday. I just got my invitation for this event in NY.

But I’m sitting here and thinking about what this could mean for the landscape of the battle between AT&T and Verizon. What could this mean for Verizon’s loyalty to Google? Will Apple dictate the rules like they did for AT&T?

AT&T has always taken flack for their “alleged” subpar network. We all know the iPhone probably contributed partly for this but with Android bringing their data-heavy phones to market, it had to only increase the issues.

But now it’s Verizon’s turn to hear the issues, and I believe they will. The Big Red already has quite a few Android phones on their network and happily so. They have had an electric relationship with Google, and have sold some fantastic quality phones (Droid X, Samsung Fascinate, etc)

But will Apple give them the same treatment? Think about how picky they were with regards to how the iPhone was placed in the store. I’m amazed how much AT&T took from Apple, but, then again, there are plenty of people who are on AT&T only for the iPhone. And with that being said, how many of those will jump ship when the iPhone is released on Verizon and potentially other carriers.

Potential other carriers you say? Why, yes. Think about it. If you go to the trouble of making a CDMA iPhone, why not give Sprint a shot at it? They have a good network and lord knows they could need the spark.

But having used the iPhone and Droid, I can say this definitely for myself. The iPhone dropped way to many calls for me. I couldn’t use it for a business phone. It was just too many excuses that I had to tell my clients.

And I will say this too. AT&T’s data network  is quicker than Verizon’s. I find all too often I am waiting for websites for way too long. Now could it be my Droid X? Maybe. But I don’t buy it. I have tested other devices and had similar results.

If you don’t think that Verizon will have a few hiccups down the line, you are living in silly world. It’s GOING to happen. And AT&T may clearly be a beneficiary of this.

Some analysts disagree. “This is the worst case scenario for the other carriers,” said Roger Entner of Recon Analytics. “When Verizon comes out with the iPhone, there’s only one carrier in the U.S. that will gain customers, and that’s Verizon.”

It’s estimated that 6 million people will defect from AT&T and grab an iPhone from Big Red. Boy doesn’t that just free up Big Blue’s network ALOT? I think so.

And with Verizon’s already fairly strong network about to take a huge data hit, you may see some unhappy Verizon customers.

And AT&T is okay with that.

I do want to test this new iPhone on Verizon. Really for the CDMA effect. But I am not expecting too much from this iPhone.

I’m more excited for the Verizon 4G LTE launch. That Motorola Bionic looks really good.