Massive Outage Sparks Fears Verizon Can't Handle the iPhone

jack nicholson Massive Outage Sparks Fears Verizon Can't Handle the iPhoneVerizon subscribers in New York have enjoyed clear signals and relatively fast 3G download speeds for years.

But the coming influx of data-hogging iPhones is giving some cause for concern, especially after Verizon’s network went down in southern Virginia yesterday.

[Verizon’s] voice and data services are out of commission across the entire state,” wroe Zach Epstein at Boy Genius Report. In separate, unconfirmed reports, Verizon’s BlackBerry subscribers may have also experienced data-service interruptions yesterday.

The outages are making some worry about whether Verizon’s vaunted network can truly handle a large number of new subscribers using iPhones, especially since Verizon will offer iPhone users a $30/month unlimited data plan. Epstein speculated the outages were due to Verizon testing the network in advance of the iPhone launch.

Verizon has promised that its network is prepared to take on the new traffic. “We’re not going to have any flaws on the execution of the iPhone launch,” Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said.

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