I want my iPhone and I want it with Verizon…

On July 20, 2009

The New York Times has an article about Verizon’s willingness to offer their cell phones to small wireless companies that have fewer than 500,000 subscribers and where the phones have been exclusive to Verizon for at least six months.  I applaud this move by Verizon even though the cynic in me says that this is intended as a competitive strike against other wireless providers (including AT&T and their ubiquitous iPhone).

After all, if more callers are using Verizon-style cell phones, then it’s more likely that they would eventually switch to Verizon due to the compatibility of their phones.  Since each wireless provider uses a different type of system, it’s difficult for the cell phones made for that system to cross over.

This is why I’m calling upon cell phone makers to create some sort of cell phone chip that could be used on any wireless provider.  Don’t tell me it can’t be done.  If they can make a DVD player that plays both HD-DVD and Blu-ray, they can do this.

Of course, my reasons are totally selfish.  Verizon gives the best coverage (definately in the Tri-State NY area and probably most of US anyway) and the iPhone is the best overall cell phone.  I want to be able to use both simultaneously.  I like my iPod Touch, but the iPhone has more capabilities and more functionality and if I’m going to have the best phone, i want the best coverage available.

Anyone else feel like this other than me?