iPhone 5 Healthy Competition: Carrier Battle to Benefit Consumers

The Apple iPhone 5 continues to be the subject of speculation and discussion and most recently we’ve wondered if the iPad 3 will launch at the same time as the next iPhone and told how testing is well underway on the iPhone 5. Now though we wanted to focus on the battle for iPhone 5 consumers from the two major carriers, Verizon and AT&T when it finally sees a release.

Although it’s widely speculated that this time around the iPhone may well come to Sprint and T-Mobile as well, it’s the big two that will inevitably be the main contenders fighting for most iPhone customers between them. Until the iPhone 4 was finally released on Verizon earlier this year AT&T had been the exclusive carrier for the iPhone but an iPhone 5 launch is going to be very different this time around when it will appear on both major carriers at the same time for the first time.

As Timmy Falcon over on Beatweek points out, there is a group of consumers, which both Verizon and AT&T don’t wish to acknowledge. Some of those consumers left Verizon to go to AT&T purely to get their hands on the iPhone and some left AT&T when Verizon got the iPhone 4 purely because AT&T’s performance didn’t live up to expectations. This time around with the launch of the next iPhone it’s an unknown quantity as to just how many customers who defected to AT&T might now return to Verizon or if AT&T might be able to win back customers who wanted to try out the iPhone on a different carrier.

One thing that does seem sure is that the iPhone 5 appearing on both Verizon and AT&T will certainly provide very healthy competition and that consumers could be the real winners in this. As Vinay Gorasia of GizmoCrunch points out, it’s likely that both carriers will attempt to lure new customers or returning customers with extras thrown in to deals such as free tethering or special plans initiated. We could even see the return of unlimited data plans from one of these carriers, which may then initiate the same in the opposing carrier, in any event, the customer gains.

It certainly looks like the next few weeks will be pretty exciting times in the smartphone market with of course the Motorola Droid Bionic coming to Verizon also set to make an appearance and the Samsung Galaxy S II on it’s way to all of the main carriers in the U.S. With the choice available and the benefits of carriers trying to lure consumers it seems that it’s a pretty good time for people wanting to purchase their next smartphone. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this. Will you be tempted to whichever carrier gives the better offers or deals for the iPhone 5 or will you stick with your current carrier regardless? Let us know with your comments.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll stick with my current carrier - AT&T, but only b/c I’m on a family plan… If I could, I would switch to Verizon, though, as I don’t get service at home in CT and I drop a lot of calls driving on the roads around my house… Also, my daughter doesn’t get service at her college in Rhode Island :(