I've been testing out my iPhone for about a month now and my conclusion is that the iPhone is by far the greatest cell phone currently on the market, but AT&T's network is either the worst or the best depending on where you are. And before you flame me for not knowing anything a little back ground first. I worked at AT&T for 10 years and pioneered from a marketing perspective marketing bundles of wireless and wireline communications starting in 1995. The program I volunteered to work on called Cheetah in 1995 is widely considered the first marketing of a free cell phone for a new account.
I of course had an AT&T Wireless cell phone - one of those bricks back in 1995 and stuck with AT&T until about 2000 when I left AT&T. I got a Verizon phone not because I was angry at AT&T but because of the horrible dropped calls I'd get on NJ transit and on Route 78. After years of upgrading, I had to get the latest iPhone because my Verizon phones just could not deliver on good wireless internet surfing and the applications were sub par.
Well driving around to NYC the past few days I've noticed that AT&T's network still SUCKs on Route 78 and Route 287. It is so bad, that I've begin to seriously doubt AT&T's claim of of More Bars in More Places. They may have more bars, but that doesn't stop the calls from being dropped. Around my house, in my town, and neighboring towns the service is crystal clear, but once I get on one of those two highways, my old Verizon phone works a lot better. Plus, on a recent trip to DC the iPhone was unusable but Verizon was fine.
Net, net around my home in Long Valley and Chester NJ the AT&T/iPhone is awesome, but once out on the main roads, Verizon seems to be a better shot. The phone itself is something that I can't put down and often replaces my laptop even in my house. AT&T's 3G is blazing fast when you get it too. For me, unfortunately, I'm a two cell phone kind of guy now.