Over the last few weeks, Verizon has subjected anyone in front of a television with some pretty interesting commercials. Kind of… Clovererfield/Transformers-esque.
I’ll go ahead and post one here for your enjoyment.
And then of course, the original advertisement. Anti-Apple much? I’m definitely an Apple Fanboy at this point and you might expect that I would be pissed that Verizon would put out such a commercial. Not really though because it seems to me that it’s about time Apple’s iPhone got some real competition and if that’s the Droid, then bring on the ads.
So there you go, Verizon + Motorola + Google Android = DROID = iPhone Killer. Fantastic. Competition is good! Apple will again begin pushing the limits on what a phone can do. Maybe go after those attacks about no flash, only 2mp camera, etc etc. Meanwhile, since the DROID phone is so closely tied to Verizon and the iPhone to AT&T, maybe we’ll see some benefits there too right?
AT&T has horrendous 3G coverage around the nation, especially when compared to Verizon. That’s an obvious first step on AT&T’s part. How about cost? I pay my iPhone bill every month and every month I think… wow that’s a lot of money. I bet with the DROID phone, Verizon will go after AT&T’s bottom line. Make their DROID plans significantly cheaper than the iPhone. Any amount over $10 is a dramatic difference, if they were $30 a month cheaper I might even be tempted to switch! Better 3G coverage and cheaper monthly plans?!
Well, unfortunately, Ronald Reagan was wrong. Competition doesn’t fuel the benefits he and other “Reaganomics” economists promised. For the most part, the DROID cost of ownership is exactly the same as the iPhone with only one plan cheaper. By how much? By a massive $0.01!
Wow that’s disappointing. When you break down the differences in price which is only in the text message options, it becomes a total wash. The DROID is cheaper for the small text message plan (250 vs 200 messages) but for the high end the iPhone is better (5000 vs unlimited). Guess I’ll stick to my iPhone.
UPDATE: Turns out Verizon plans to charge $15/month for access to Exchange on the DROID, something A&T doesn’t charge for on the iPhone. So if you, like me, use Exchange on your phone, turns out the iPhone is $180 a year cheaper, $360 for the length of the contract which is around or more than than the price of getting out of your contract with either carrier!
Let’s get a bit political. The Republicans are saying that natural competition between insurance companies will decrease the price of premiums and increase the availability of coverage. Well, not so true as seen here. When companies are in collusion with each other to keep prices at a certain point, they have no real reason to undercut the competition. Ugh.