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Verizon iPhone: The phone to buy when all else fails?

After more than three years since AT&T got the iPhone, Verizon started carrying the Apple device on Thursday. For some, a Verizon iPhone is a dream come true. But some new iPhone owners admit that this was a purchase of last resort.

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New iPhone owner Doug Grumet, who works in advertising, was already a Verizon customer and says he could have held out until this summer before upgrading his LG Dare to an iPhone 5 – or whatever Apple decides to call it. But, like Kuper, his phone recently broke, so he bought an iPhone 4.

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“I wanted an iPhone,” he says, but “I wanted to wait.”

Mark Schmid, an architect in Boston, also bought an iPhone opening day because he wanted an update from his previous Verizon phone, which was “some Samsung piece of junk.” Plus, his family was giving him a nudge.

“My other phone is a piece of junk, my partner has [an iPhone], and my family is trying to drag me into the 21st century,” Mr. Schmid says.

While some Verizon customers are dragging their feet, others are literally running to the store.

“I jumped right off the treadmill this morning, I didn’t even shower yet,” says Deb Mckinnon, who was dressed in athletic clothes and works at Boston Medical Center.

Ms. Mckinnon bought an iPhone because she liked “the touch of the screen” and the apps. She bought it from Verizon instead of AT&T because she says Verizon has better coverage. (Check out the Winter 2010 Consumer Reports survey about which carrier has the best coverage in your city.)

But not everybody who went into the Verizon store on opening morning left with an iPhone. Thomas Marcos, who works in real estate, walked out of the store disappointed. He says he had been planning to buy a phone with faster 4G service, which he was told would be released by Valentine’s Day. Mr. Marcos says the phone he had his eye on still isn’t out yet.

He had been toying with the idea of getting an iPhone from Verizon, until he realized that the data plan would be more expensive than it is for his Blackberry. Besides, he says he doesn’t like how often Apple comes out with new versions.

“I would get an iPhone,” he says, but he suspected there would be an iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 out before too long.

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