Analysts: Verizon iPhone would have had AT&T’s problems

By Peter Chubb - Dec 31, 2009

The Apple iPhone is known for so many things, but the biggest is the dropped calls. AT&T as you would expect is taking the whole blame for this and users say that if the smartphone were available on Verizon, then this would not happen. However, analysts believe this not to be the case.

We all assume that the poor data performance is down to the cell phone carrier, but thinks it goes much deeper than that. The dropped calls and spotty service is due to the huge popularity of the iPhone, caused by the huge amount of data that users demand. To give you an idea, over the past three years, AT&T’s data traffic has seen an increase of 5,000 percent.

Looking at those figures, it is no wonder that the cell phone carrier has trouble, an increase like that would even affect the likes of Verizon or T-Mobile. AT&T recently stated that they have the fastest 3G network, but Doug Helmreich from the CFI Group said that they, “probably bit off more than it could chew.”

Users across the U.S. are not happy with AT&T, and you cannot blame them, but maybe we are asking too much. We all know what it is like when we demand too much from a service, you only have to look at your home broadband. When there are more people online in your area things slow down, this is something that we have learnt to expect, so why are we not the same with our cell phones? has been doing some research and has uncovered some interesting information regarding the whole iPhone, AT&T and Verizon subject. Although, we are not certain if this will change your views on AT&T.

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  • Monkie

    Maybe AT&T should have poored a few of those billions in profits back into their network instead of lining their pockets ever more while their customers suffer from their lack of proper network management. They would then have robust network, instead their shortsightedness will continue to harm them into the future.

  • theCerberus

    I strongly disagree with this article. A CDMA version of the iPhone would have its own problems, but in no way would have had AT&T’s GSM problems. Sure between the carriers they have common problems, but changing the technology in the phone changes the game entirely.

  • Andy H

    This is what i’ve been trying to tell people try to tell me the iPhone sucks…. If vzw were to get the iPhone, imagine the frustrations of people who get knocked down to 1x from their still not as fast as att 3G. With att, at least you have EDGE so it’s not so bad when ti falls back, i mean even GPRS isn’t horrible, it’s about 2.3 times faster than the 1x of cdma, but both are still comparable to a dialup connection.

    – A

  • TJ

    I agree that Verizon may have had some issues with the “data overload” brought on by the iPhone, however it should be noted that AT&t has had dropped call and over all reliability issues BEFORE the iPhone. Year after year verizon (and tmobile) rate higher in customer satisfaction. Unfortunately for AT&t, Verizon has now seen how the iPhone can effect a network and will be even better prepared if they do start selling them in 2010. Watch AT&t take a HUGE hit when (If) that happens

  • Alex

    Re: Analysts: Verizon iPhone would have had AT&T’s problems

    Analysts are fast to forget AT&T’s history of dropped calls. AT&T issues with dropping calls is nothing new. In fact, AT&T use to advertise “the fewest dropped call”, however, they were sued for false advertisement due to the fact that AT&T had the most dropped calls of all the wireless providers. When was the last time you heard that commercial? Keep in mind this was years prior to the iphone.
    This article wants you to assume that dropping calls is a result of the iphone’s popularity and not AT&T network. Verizon’s Droid is also thirsty for data, but you don’t hear people complaining about dropped calls.

    • ted

      have to agree with TJ. Analysts aren’t ones i go to for network information, rather stocks. Verizon has lots of data heavy phones already.