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The Verizon iPhone and Google Voice

January 11, 2011

Today is an exciting day: Verizon announced that it will carry the iPhone.  No, I haven’t sold my soul to Steve Jobs, this means great things for us AT&T zombies.

It’s no secret that AT&T’s coverage leaves a lot to be desired, particularly in New York City.  I was walking through the city having a fifteen minute conversation the other day and dropped the call THREE TIMES.  Every day as I walk home from work, I drop calls.  It’s remarkable that in one of the most advance cities in the world I cannot make phone calls.  For a long time I thought AT&T was to blame, it still may be, but I’m not sure it’s that simple.

Apparently, AT&T and Verizon have similar, if not the same, systems.  The high level of data use from smart phones and the iPhone in particular has clogged up the system.  This means that not only will all the new iPhone Verizon customers slow down Verizon’s system, but potentially many current AT&T iPhone users will actually switch over to Verizon, thereby relieving AT&T.

This means that potentially AT&T could improve, but also the Verizon might suffer so it wouldn’t make sense to switch.

In other news, I have been waiting to write a Google Voice post and feel now is the moment.  For those of you who don’t know about Google Voice, it is one of the few mobile applications that has actually affected my life for the better.

Google Voice replaces your current voice mail box.  It works in exactly the same way, except Google Voice also transcribes all your voice mails!

No more listening to the “Hey, it’s me.  Call me back.” Now, you receive an email and/or text message instead.

Granted, not all the transcriptions are accurate.  The quality of the transcription depends on the clarity of the connection and the pronunciation, but it’s usually pretty good.  Furthermore, because you receive an email for every voice mail, you can archive all your voice mails to keep track of them.  Previously, they were gone forever upon deletion, but now, you can keep a record.

I would highly suggest joining Google Voice, maybe even on your new Verizon iPhone.

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