It's conventional wisdom now that iPhone exclusivity is the best and worst thing that ever happened to AT&T. A rocket that sent them into space—and directly into the sun. Will the same thing happen to Verizon?
Wired's Fred Vogelstein has chronicled the iPhone-induced #attfail more completely than anybody. The same phone that delivered AT&T millions upon millions of customers every quarter—sometimes over half of their new customers rode in on the iPhone—also obliterated their network. The original iPhone, a pokey little thing running on EDGE, still managed to eat up 50 percent more data than AT&T thought it would, Vogelstein reported. So AT&T's plunged around $50 billion into their network since launching the iPhone, according to Vogelstein's numbers, in an attempt to feverishly build out capacity. End result? The iPhone is still un-fucking-usable in plenty of places around the country.