Verizon – The Carrier we Love to Hate
Oh Verizon, how much I love and hate thee. I was a loyal Verizon customer for 10 years until last month when I decided that it was in my best interest to move to another carrier, AT&T. Most people don’t understand why I made such a move. I lost unlimited data, I lost the network and the full 4G LTE in the majority of places that I go daily and I lost not paying for anything while being on my parent’s family share plan. Most people think that I made a huge mistake and it was the worst decision ever. Well drama aside, in some respects they are right. Verizon has an outstanding network. They have the largest coverage area in the US and that has been a fact now for years. But what else does Verizon have besides their network? NOTHING.
Now, most people are going to say “Well a cellphone company is nothing without their network.” In most respects that is true. That is why Verizon has the largest amount of subscribers and there is no arguing that they have the largest 4G LTE network (note I didn't say fastest). But a network is useless without devices. Without a diversified lineup of devices, the network is considered to be nothing more than cellular waves floating around transmitting data to and fro.
The next argument that someone would bring up to me is “Verizon has a lot of phones what the hell are you talking about??” Again, very true statement. However, can you name more than 3 phones (excluding iPhones) on their network that will actually sell enough quantities to justify stocking their selves and backrooms with them? Probably not. Right now, on Verizon the most popular phones and as a result the best sellers include the Galaxy S4 (duh), Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3. This is where the problem lies… Verizon only has one manufacturer that makes flagship top shelve Android devices. HTC Droid DNA, nope that is already branded as dead. Motorola Droid Razr/Razr MAXX, nope doesn't have top end specs to be considered a flagship. LG Lucid 2, you’re joking right?
What I am trying to point out here is that if you are on Verizon and don’t want an iPhone and you want a new top of the line toy, you are stuck with Samsung. For most people that would be perfectly okay, but for me that was utter bullshit. We shouldn't be limited to what we can get based on the price that we pay for Verizon on a monthly basis. So I consider Verizon the Harvey Two Face of the carriers. Verizon has the good side, with their expansive network and reliable service. Then there is the bad side, the fact that they almost force you to buy what they want you to buy simply by not offering enough choices to really get what you want.
I can’t count the times that I have seen comments online saying “Well I want to get a One but Verizon isn’t going to get that so I guess I will get a GS4.” Am I the only one who sees a problem with that?? You are paying probably upwards of $100 a month (guessing at an average here) to have a phone chosen for you? That is the definition of insanity. In the end, Verizon just doesn't give a shit about you or your phone. They want to control everything so that they can ensure that next customer service award and their rankings on cellular networks (oh wait, AT&T beat them in LTE speed… whoops).
Should you switch from Verizon to another carrier, all depends on your particular set of circumstances. For myself, living in the tri-state area I had no issues switching over but if you live in an area where service is spotty with Verizon you are probably stuck. Besides, this isn’t a calling for people to jump ship and run for the hills. No, that’s not what I want to do here. What I want to do is simply attempt to open your eyes to the evils that Verizon has locked in their closets that never sees the light of day. “Oh you want a Galaxy S3, sure let me just lock that bootloader for you.” “Oh, you want an HTC One, sorry here is Viva Movil instead.” “Oh you’re not using WiFi, here is an ongoing notification to remind you to use WiFi.” In the end, whenever I hear Verizon speak all I hear is the quote from Goodfellas… “Oh you want something, fuck you, pay me.”
To address the rumors that Verizon is going to eventually release a version of the HTC One can be described in this comparison. Picture yourself at 8 years old on Christmas morning. You couldn’t sleep all night in anticipation for the next morning where you will wake up to endless joy from a mountain of presents with all the newest toys (the Verizon HTC One). Morning comes, you run down the stairs to find that mountain of presents and a feeling of euphoria comes over you at the site of this mountain of future joy. When you finally are given permission to open the presents and see what fun you will have for the year to come you are devastated to realized that all you got was clothes. You soon realize that the would be toys (HTC One) turns out to be a deformation of the meaning of Christmas and something that you come to immediately hate (Verizon’s HTC One) and your parents (Verizon) for ruining what should have been the perfect morning. You come to accept what happened and learn to live with the disappointment and even further attempt to justify it but in reality it should have been better.
Verizon IS going to tweak the One and make it their own. Whether it be DROID branded or just tweaked to conform with Verizon’s “enhancements” something will be different and most likely not for the better. This has happened with every model that has been released on multiple carriers and Verizon is notorious for making the worst changes to their devices, oh wait I’m sorry, their “enhancements.”
Yup... That looks about right if Verizon does in fact come out with their own HTC (DROID) One.
The sad truth is we all love Verizon. We all love their service, their support and most importantly their network. If you love Android more, then Verizon is not the network of choice.