Verizon has all the good reasons to be in news owing to launch of iPhone on its wireless network. There was buzz this week about how Verizon will restrict use of network speed for heavy data users, defined by data usage of more than 5 GB per month. This restriction does not seem to affect Verizon fans that are eager to get their hands on iPhone as reflected in latest survey from uSamp. The survey suggests that many consumers will make a switch from their Google Android or Research in Motion Blackberry platform to Apple iPhone.
uSamp drew from a pool of its 4.7 million panelists and sampled 700 AT&T and Verizon smartphone users regarding switch to Verizon’s iPhone on 10th Feb 2011, the very first day of its sale. The survey revealed that:
- 44% Android users are either very likely (19%) or somewhat likely (25%) to buy an iPhone on Feb. 10.
- 66% of Blackberry owners are very likely (32%) or somewhat likely (34%) to switch on Day One.
- Almost 24% of the Android and RIM switchers are willing to stand in line to get one of the first Verizon iPhone.
- Owners of AT&T iPhone are less likely to switch (8% very likely, 18% somewhat), but the switchers are more likely (29%) than RIM or Android owners to stand in line...
that first day.
AT&T has enjoyed the monopoly of wireless network on iPhone, but dropped calls (48%) is one of the big reasons to switch to Verizon. Other factors revealed by the survey include: carrier coverage (25%), product features (22%) and other reasons (30%).
The question for me, though, is how many smartphone users in the healthcare or medical professional are willing to switch to Verizon’s iPhone. uSamp survey does not go into this detail, but has more interesting stats divided by gender, age and demographics in the US. Feel free to dig into the report, one day Verizon iPhone switch from Android and Blackberry. I would like the reaction from medical community regarding Verizon iPhone.