I've had nothing but trouble since. I'm now on my third Motorola Cliq handset and have downgraded back to Android 1.5, which is what came with the phone when I got it more than a year ago. It's barely functional, but I'm done messing with it. And I'm looking seriously at ditching it and using a 5- or 7-inch slate for my portable nontyping computing needs. Believe it or not, I kinda like the Dell Streak.
I suspect (as has been predicted elsewhere), that as iPhone users flood the Verizon network, they too will experience some of the same frustrations that AT&T users bitch and moan about -- at least until everyone is on 4G (or possibly 5G or 6G), when some of those bandwidth problems disappear. It will be interesting to see if Verizon, which routinely gets high marks in consumer surveys, starts to slump toward AT&T at the bottom of the charts as a result of iPhone mania.
I think we're quickly moving toward a universe where making phone calls is so small a part of what these gizmos do that many people will stop using them for such a purpose. In fact, I predict more and more folks will resort to carrying a phone that is simply a phone -- cheap, small, extremely limited, and highly reliable -- and do the rest of their picture-taking, chatting, tweeting, Facebooking, and more on a tablet. Lord knows there will be enough of them to choose from.
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