Update: After Verizon finally started allowing 4G calling (Which allows the data to stay on too). I switched back to an iPhone.
So after 2 years, I am officially back to an Android phone. Why? Well it really all comes down to money, let me explain.
When I joined DPSciences back in 2012 I was offered an iPhone or a Droid, I picked an iPhone 4S because I was under the impression that because it was a 4S I could be able to do 4G tethering…. I was misinformed. If I had ATT this would have been the case, but here in Ohio if you want coverage in God’s country… Verizon is your only option. So a 4S on Verizon’s network is only 3G. yay!
So after about a year I decided it was time to break down and get a 4G MiFi device because tethering to your phone while on a webex was impossible. Verizon doesn’t allow Voice + Data from an iPhone. In fact when you make a call on Verizon’s network the phone actually drops back to CDMA technology and doesn’t even use the 3G. Same is true for an iPhone 5S btw.
So here I am, paying $30 bucks a month to be able to use the data plan I have (because I need a second device while I’m using my phone for a call). Fast forward another year and I’ve had enough of paying $360 bucks a year, so I started looking around for what my options were. This is when I discovered that iPhone’s + Verizon = Crap.
So as of Sunday, August 3rd, 2014… I am officially a Droid User again.
What really mystified me though was how attached I had become to my iPhone…. no not because of the device (I’m a huge fan of Linux and Unix so a Droid makes sense), but because of all the extra money I had stuck in the damn thing. Apps, music, etc… these things cost a small fortune when you add up everything you stick on them.
However when I got home I called my wife, then tethered up my laptop and ran a speed test. All of my grumbling faded when I seen that I was able to get 10 Mbps download while on a voice call from my kitchen (which has crappy service to begin with).
So now that I can cancel my MiFi device, I should save myself $720 dollars over the 2 year contract of my new Samsung Galaxy S5!
Maybe if Verizon fixes their network to allow voice over 4G + simultaneous data, I will be an iPhone user again sometime in the future, but until then DROID it shall be 🙂