Report: Verizon iPhone Would Steal 1.4 Million AT&T Subscribers

Ainsley Jones
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To borrow an often misquoted line from "Field of Dreams," "If you build it, he will come." With "it" being a Verizon iPhone and "he" being nearly a quarter of AT&T's iPhone customers, Apple and Verizon should both take note of a recent Credit Suisse survey. The financial services company found that 23 percent of AT&T iPhone users would switch carriers after their AT&T contract expires if Verizon offers the iPhone. Three percent said they'd break their current contract to do so, reports the New Mexico Business Weekly.

 

AT&T has been the exclusive U.S. provider of the iPhone since day one, but there have been a slew of reports saying Verizon would eventually offer the "It girl" of smartphones. Should Apple and Verizon reach an agreement, Credit Suisse estimates that Verizon would gain 1.4 million subscribers just from AT&T. While this would certainly be a major blow to AT&T, it could cause a far greater impact on the growth of Android. Verizon's Droid platform has been very successful, but for some Verizon customers, their Droid could be serving as an iPhone stand-in.

 

AT&T is already preparing to launch Windows Phone 7 handsets and could even step up its Android inventory to offset the loss of iPhone exclusivity if it so chooses. There is also the off-chance that an influx of users to Verizon could cause it some of the same network troubles that AT&T has experienced as the exclusive carrier of the iPhone. Should Verizon be able to handle such a surge, AT&T's issues would be left unvalidated and leave the carrier with egg on its face, says Tony Bradley at PC World.



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