Verizon Getting Ready For iPhone

Apple's iPhone is (finally) coming to Verizon:
Verizon Wireless has been beefing up its network and believes it will have no problem handling iPhone-type loads, a claim that could be put to the test this year if the carrier signs up millions of subscribers using the Apple Inc. device.

Verizon is expected to announce tomorrow that it will start selling Apple's iPhone later this month. Andrew Dowell looks at the whether the expected popularity of the smartphone will lead to the same problems on Verizon's wireless network that have plagued AT&T.

Verizon Wireless, the country's largest wireless carrier, is confident enough in its network that it will offer unlimited data-use plans when it starts selling the iPhone around the end of this month, a person familiar with the matter said. Such plans would provide a key means of distinguishing its service from rival AT&T Inc., which limits how much Internet data such as videos and photos its customers may use each month.
AT&T has struggled to overcome complaints about network quality ever since it started exclusively selling the iPhone in the U.S. in 2007. That contributed to a decision last summer to offer new iPhone and other smartphone customers only pricing plans that cap how much data they send and receive.


AT&T has acknowledged it underestimated the stress the iPhone would put on its network. The carrier boosted spending this year particularly in the key markets of New York City and San Francisco, but still struggles with the perception its network is weak.
In December, a survey by Consumer Reports put AT&T's network quality in last place. Verizon, meanwhile, was the top-ranked major carrier. So, I'm a Verizon customer.
The question is, will the data plans have a lower cost than they do now? If so, I might consider an iPhone.

Shoot. I love my iPod...