I'd been thinking that I wanted to write something about what AT&T customers should do were they to lose their iPhone 4s. Given the high price of an unsubsidized iPhone, should they pay AT&T's early termination fee and buy the cheaper subsidized Verizon iPhone? Could it make economic sense?
Then I decided that if I really wanted to put the proper level of emotion into the post, I'd need to go method with it. (Method blogging... Tell your friends.) So, I promptly left my phone in a cab and have spent the past two days reactivating an old iPhone 3G and stewing in a wasteland of gadget sadness. (The things I do for you people. And you never even call.)
Here's my situation. Using the old 3G feels like moving back in with my parents. Ever since I upgraded the software a few months ago, it became damn near unusable, at least in my case. The response time on the screen is measurable with a sundial. The thrill is gone! And suddenly, the screen looks like an old TV screen in need of bunny ears. I just can't do it. Everything I love about the iPhone -- its grace, its fluidity, what it says about my position on pleated pants -- does not hold for the iPhone 3G.
So, yes, I'm going to get a new iPhone 4. (I know I could wait until summer and get a 5. I know, I know.) But My AT&T service is just OK. The data speed occasionally surprises me, but it drops calls all the time. Verizon's solid network seemed worth exploring.