A lot has changed for Apple since they first launched the iPhone, not only have they changed the face of the smartphone market, but they have now created a feeding frenzy to try to get hold of the iPhone 5. Here we will look at the carrier tactics for the iPhone 5, as all four would like to have the supremacy when it comes to the release of the new handset.
AT&T and Verizon do not have anything to prove, as we know that they will both have the iPhone 5, but that does not stop the two of them flexing their muscles to show who has the biggest. Big Red was late to the iPhone party, but they have achieved so much in 7 months. When Apple does launch the latest version of their smartphone both AT&T and Verizon will be on a level playing field, and only then will it be a true test as to who offers the best service.
However, we cannot help but think that Verizon will win the battle, as their network is not only faster, but also more reliable. We should not write AT&T off just yet, as they seem to have a better all-you-can-eat data plan, although you will have to hang around, as the speeds are no way near as fast as Verizon.
T-Mobile is not as popular as the big two, but they do have their loyal following, and they are angry that they do not have the iPhone yet. Just because T-Mobile and AT&T are about to get into bed with each other, it doesn’t mean that they will automatically get the iPhone 5. The carrier will need to do a lot of back scratching if they want Apple to bring them onboard. However, we cannot help but think that the merger will give consumers less choice, as AT&T will try to force a few of their own policies on the carrier.
The one carrier that is begging to get the iPhone 5 is Sprint, as they know that their customers will love it. We have no idea why they have not cut a deal with Apple in the past, but surly 2011 is the year? Apple needs to look at the bigger picture here, as Sprint now has some great phones on their network, but they are all Android; it’s for this reason why Android is so dominant. For us Sprint looks to be the better option over T-Mobile for the iPhone 5, as they have a decent service, one that will get better, but only if a big selling handset like the fifth-generation iPhone comes along. Having said all that, the iPhone 5 might not be as big of a hit as it has done on the past, because the hardware could already be out of date.