AT&T customers that use the iPhone would argue that the network could use
some improvements. Dropped calls and slow data connections are often the norm,
yet AT&T boomed on the back of the iPhone. Many thought that AT&T would
see that customers would speak with their wallets when iPhone exclusivity was
lost and migrate to other carriers.
That mass migration has started according to TheStreet. AT&T's
new subscribers on post-paid accounts for Q1 2011 are expected
to drop massively and the decline is directly attributed to the iPhone
4 hitting Verizon. In 2010, AT&T averaged 538,250 new post-paid subscribers
per quarter. Analyst John Hodulik from UBS had been calling for a net loss of
subscribers to the tune of 100,000 for Q1. He revised that number to a net gain
of a mere 50,000 subscribers with those attributed to the aggressive marketing
and $49 price tag of the iPhone 3GS.
Those figures mean that AT&T's growth rate is down 90% in Q1 compared to
last year's numbers. Verizon is expected to have added 900,000 post-paid
subscribers in the same quarter. AT&T is also losing customers to cheaper
carriers like MetroPCS, which is expected to add 500,000 prepaid customers in
Perhaps the AT&T
bid to purchase T-Mobile is the only way to minimize the losses it is
quote: You're joking, right? "The best" becomes complacent without competition.
quote: I don't see how competition keeps "the best" in check
quote: it's not like there's a law that says you can't do better than your competitors, and you have every reason to be BETTER than your competitors, including lower prices, better build quality, reliable customer service, etc...