This past week I attended CES in Las Vegas. This is the world’s largest electronics show and undoubtedly the largest concentration of gadgets anywhere in the world. The show is attended by people using a ton of cell phones and wireless data to communicate with the outside world. Several cell phone carriers, included both AT&T and Verizon, had a major presence at the show including hosting some huge press conferences.
With that in mind, no one could tell me why many of the carriers were not prepared for the increased traffic on their networks. For the first day of the show, I was more disconnected than I have been in years. I could not get AT&T’s 3G/Edge network to do anything at all and even their Wi-Fi coverage would not connect.
This is precisely why I am excited about this morning’s announcement that the iPhone is coming to Verizon. This was not the first time that AT&T’s coverage has failed me but this should have been a predicable situation at CES.
Will the iPhone work better on Verizon? Many people think it will and Gizmodo thinks that Verizon’s network can handle it. They cite that Verizon has arguably the best network out there and that they have spent years preparing for the iPhone. They also state that this is a 3G phone at a point where they are beginning to migrate people to 4G and that Verizon had handled the increased traffic from its Droid phones well.
We were at CES because moms love technology that makes their lives easier. It also has to be user-friendly and create a worthwhile benefit. For years the iPhone has fit these criteria and I know many moms absolutely love them.
So will you be getting the Verizon iPhone?