I just bought two LG Dare phones from Verizon after shopping the iPhone @ AT&T.
And I really wanted the iPhone. Two major issues:
• My daughter who does like 3000 text messages monthly was convinced that many of her friends (almost all on Verizon) wouldn't text her if she was out-of-plan (easy to go over your text allowance texting out of plan recipients). I think she was correct.
• AT&T's monthly rate charges would have cost me nearly $1,000 extra over the first year alone. I paid full price for two Dare phones, that came to about $900 with tax, cases, etc. I'm sure we'll get a year or more out of them, then we can re-visit iPhones later. I paid full price instead of the subsidized price (that cost me $320 extra on the two units) so we're not so locked into Verizon going forward should we decide to switch in 2009.
• The Verizon LG Dare is CDMA, a GSM iPhone would work in Europe. But we only go to Europe two weeks a year, Verizon has a loaner phone program where the phone costs like nothing and you just pay the high $1.50/min roaming charges while in Europe. That worked great for my trip to Greece and my wife's trip to Italy in July. Very smooth, outstanding service.
The Dare does texting great (fantastic touch screen keypad), GREAT built in camera, GREAT phone, easy interface, it does all the things I actually use a cellphone for. Lousy web browsing (although it works), but it is a real browser. But I don't care about that on my phone, neither does my kid.
Ultimately if I traveled abroad on business, or if I was an on-the-road person who wanted more web access, I might have sprung for the iPhone. But I'm not. The Dare does a few things better: voice dialing for example (iPhones don't do that, go figure). Actually very pleased with the interface on this phone. The touch screen QWERTY keypad is amazing, I can type smoothly with two thumbs, and I have big fingers.
Verizon claims that GSM and CDMA will be replaced with a new protocol that EVERYBODY will be adopting in a year or so. Anybody know anything about this?