I'm not disagreeing with you, but I don't really think the EV-DO revA stuff is that slow. CDMA is definitely needing to go. I guess it's good their LTE network should be completed by the end of 2012. I also never understood the big hoopla about simultaneous voice/data. I mean, I just can't think of too many times I need to use data while on a phone call. Again, solved by the LTE stuff. What do you mean VZW's data plans are more expensive?
VZW - $15/150MB or $30/Unlimited
AT&T - $15/200MB or $25/2GB
I guess you could say they're more expensive, but there are trade-offs I suppose. I for one have a $15/150MB plan for my Android phone and can't imagine needing anything over the 2GB that att would offer. If you want the choice of unlimited though there is only one. I for one wouldn't swtich to AT&T though. I live in a decent sized city and even here coverage can be spotty.
Moral of the story: wait for an LTE iPhone if you want it on VZW I guess.
Like I said, I have a MiFi with Verizon, and the MOST i've ever pulled is 1mbit. On average its around 750-800kbit. My iPhone, on 3G, will consistantly pull over 3 and sometimes over 4mbit. Thats a HUGE difference. It goes from 'i can eek by' to 'short of gaming and HD video, this could be my every day net connection'.
LTE will only solve voice/data simultaneously in the short term with a separate battery hogging radio, much like the Evo 4G. LTE has ZERO provisions for voice in it. Its strictly data. The thought was that everyone would move to a sort of VOIP like setup over that LTE connection, but it hasn't worked at all for Vz out in the field for some reason or another. Works great in the Lab though! GSM, by nature, allows simultaneous voice/data. Its nice for looking up your google calendar, or getting email while you're on a conference call, looking up movie times while you're on the go talking to someone else about meeting up with them. Lots of scenarios it would work. Verizon's 'unlimited' data is really 5gb anyways, just like everyone else.
Im not pooh poohing choice, Verizon has the most reliable network out there. For some people this will be great. But AT&T is not the barren wasteland that the nerds on the internet want you to believe it is. Just like the iPhone 4 antennagate issue isn't NEARLY as big of a problem as the internet wants you to think it is.
This is a bandaid at best. This phone is in no way shape or form 'better' than the AT&T version. Its meant for all the 'If the iPhone were on Verizon I'd buy one tomorrow!' sayers to man up and do what they've been saying they'd do for years. Its a cash grab before the LTE iPhone or iPhone 4GS or iPhone 5 or whatever is announced in June is available.
Insofar as LTE data on smartphones, Verizon has already stated that they are going to a tiered metered setup just like AT&T. Who wants to bet these magically line up dollar for dollar and byte for byte just like the voice plans do?http://www.macworld.com/article/157071/ ... plans.html
The wireless industry needs REAL regulation because they're all greedy scumbags anyways.