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Verizon Ready for iPhone, AT&T Fires Feeble Criticisms From Sidelines

Verizon iPhoneTomorrow Verizon is expected to announce the long rumored CDMA iPhone for its 3G network, ending years of AT&T exclusivity for the Apple handset. And, while AT&T has struggled to keep its network from buckling under the load of millions of iPhones, Verizon believes it can succeed in delivering a superior data experience. An insider told the Wall Street Journal that the company has, over the past year, invested heavily in beefing up its 3G network to handle the surge in smartphone customers, largely thanks to the success of its Android, and that the network is more than prepared for an influx of iPhone customers. The person even suggested that Verizon was likely to offer unlimited data plans for iPhone owners, something AT&T abandoned with the launch of the iPhone 4.

Senior VP of Corporate Communications for AT&T, Larry Solomon, practically confirmed to Business Insider that the Verizon iPhone is coming tomorrow by telling the publication, "The iPhone is built for speed, but that's not what you get with a CDMA phone. I'm not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane." While CDMA may be theoretically (significantly) slower than AT&T's HSPA network, there are several reasons to believe Verizon can succeed where AT&T has faltered. Studies have shown that Android users are just as voracious users of data as iPhone owners, and Verizon has been servicing nine million such customers without issue. Secondly, many of the company's most demanding users (cutting-edge gadget geeks and early adopters) will soon begin transitioning to its new LTE network, freeing up CDMA bandwidth for iPhone owners. We already know AT&T customers aren't very happy with their service, and Verizon may leech over 2 million customers from the beleaguered mobile provider. But, if experience has taught us anything, it's to always expect the unexpected. If three million iPhone 4 owners hop on the U.S.S. Verizon, don't be surprised if the network reliability takes a serious nosedive.

Update: It's official. The iPhone 4 will land on Verizon on February 10th.

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