Deliverance: What the Verizon iPhone means to me

by Derek Smith

Deliverance: What the Verizon iPhone means to me

by Derek Smith on January 11, 2011

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Let me say it again. Finally.

I know I’m not the only person on earth that’s happy about Verizon getting the iPhone, but I would bet that the reason for my happiness puts me in a minority. I’m not happy because I think it will have better coverage or because it might result in competitive plans or pricing. Nothing like that. I’m happy because this means I can finally have one. Just like the day I got my driver’s license or the day I graduated high school, I feel like a whole new world has been opened up to me.

I know some of you are probably thinking I’m nuts. Let me explain. You’ll probably still think I’m nuts but I’m having a good day. I don’t care.

I’m not a Verizon customer because I want to be. I mean, it’s a fine network and all, but I don’t have a choice. It’s Verizon or nothing. Sure, there are rural carriers in my area but I prefer to have nationwide voice and data, thank you. Sprint sort of works out here, and T-Mobile can make calls, but AT&T is no where to be found. To help illustrate my point, do me a favor. Go on AT&T’s website and look at their 3G coverage map.

Go on. I’ll wait.

Did you see that big area that wasn’t covered, otherwise known as “rural America”? Yeah. That’s where I live. Out here in what I affectionately call the “Great White Space”, we enjoy the simple things in life. No traffic jams, no department stores. Just the occasional cow in the roadway and if you’re really desperate for a new wardrobe you’ll have to drive at least 40 miles in any direction before you get to a Wal-Mart. All that, and no iPhone reception. Until now.

So maybe you might understand my position. As a person who truly appreciates technology, I enjoy Apple products. I have for a long time. If you’re reading this, you probably do too. You probably already have an iPhone and know how great they are. Maybe by now you take the iPhone for granted, but try to put yourself in my shoes.

If you have problems with empathy you might be thinking “Well, Verizon has Android phones.”

I know. I own one. It’s an alright phone, but it isn’t the same. To me, it just isn’t the best technology. Sure, it makes calls just like the iPhone, but people don’t buy smart phones to make calls. They buy them for the apps. If any of you don’t agree that the iPhone has better apps, I won’t argue. MacStories has a great piece on the difference between iPhone and Android apps so I won’t go into it. I couldn’t say it better if I tried.

When the Wall Street Journal first confirmed that the iPhone was indeed coming to Verizon, I thought it might be wise to wait until June to see what the iPhone 5 will bring. It probably would be wise to wait, but now I don’t care. Now that I know that it’s really within my grasp, I can’t resist. Not to mention that I write for an Apple blog. Wouldn’t it make sense for me to have Apple’s most popular product sooner rather than later?

Some of you might consider this a bit over the top, but over the last four years, the iPhone has kind of become my Holy Grail. It’s like that really hot girl you always wanted to ask to the school dance, but she always had someone else to go with. Now I feel like I finally have a chance with her. And while that metaphor might seem a little creepy, I don’t care. I just want to enjoy this moment, so I’ll say it one more time.


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