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Will The iPhone Bring Verizon’s Network To Its Knees?

by Sean P. Aune | January 9, 2011January 9, 2011 9:30 am PDT

It’s a well-known fact that AT&T’s service is spotty at best in a lot of locations, the most notable example being San Fransisco.  The exclusive (for now) carrier of the iPhone in the United States has said many times that it is Apple’s fault, and that it is due the construction of the iPhone.  They have never said, and I doubt they ever would, that the fault is with their hardware or infrastructure.

With this in mind, you have to wonder if Verizon will be able to live up to the hype.  For as long as there has been an iPhone people have been saying that it would be so much faster on Verizon’s network.  The question becomes, however, can the Verizon network stand up to the influx of millions of new smartphones?

According to The Wall Street Journal, analysts are predicting that nine to 12 million iPhones will join the Verizon network starting later this month.  That is a huge influx for any network, and figuring in some of these people will already by Verizon customers, and that they currently have over 93 million subscribers, you can probably guess their network will grow by about ten percent.

Will the iPhone bring Verzion’s network to its knees?  Will we see an exact copy of what happened to AT&T, leaving people to finally question if the iPhone is as good as they think?  Or will they simply say, “Well, once we get on yet another network we’ll be fine”?

Only time and real world network loads will answer these questions.  A ten percent increase in traffic this year shouldn’t have that much impact, but if the iPhone is the “network killer” that AT&T has implied it is, it could be fatal for Apple.  It is also quite possible that a lot of people will wait to make the switch until they see how Verizon’s network stands up to the influx of new subscribers.

What say you?  Will Verizon’s network survive the onslaught of an iPhone introduction?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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