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Droid Might Suffer If Verizon Gets iPhone

A new Morpace Omnibus survey concludes that the Droid and other smartphones that have not previously competed directly with the iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network might suffer if Verizon gets the iPhone.

The survey reveals that more than half of Verizon Wireless customers (51 percent) said they would be somewhat or very likely to buy an iPhone if their carrier starts selling it. And almost one-quarter of AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile customers said they would be somewhat or very likely to buy an iPhone from Verizon.

The statistics speak well for the reputation of the Verizon Wireless network, which has not been marred with bad press over dropped calls and data overload like AT&T has faced in the last year, thanks in big part to the popularity of the iPhone. So it may come as little surprise that the study expresses concern about how Verizon might handle the bandwidth demands of iPhone users.

The survey polled consumers who currently own iPhones and found nearly half (47 percent) would consider switching to Verizon if the telco started selling the device. Another third (34 percent) of those iPhone owners said they were waiting to upgrade to the iPhone 4 until it or another version of the gadget were offered by another carrier.

The study goes on to conclude that the data plan shake-up will play a role in customer choice. AT&T has already rolled out new, tiered plans, while Verizon has been rumored to be planning to follow suit.

The young Android platform could also prove to be a significant factor in determining the future of a Verizon iPhones success. The Android OS has proven to be quite popular in its infancy, yet the study wonders how the Droid and other Verizon phones that havent previously had to compete against the iPhone for a Verizon customers dollar would be impacted by this potential partnership.


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