Why wait? We can already tell you what we think the best product of CES is: Verizon Wireless’s network, which is the only one that has not been frickin’ smeared into jelly by the insane data and voice demands of the show’s technical elite.
If you’ve never been to CES before, here’s the thing. Every January, tens of thousands of exhibitors, industry analysts, buyers and tech journalists push themselves into Las Vegas… and crush the nation’s wireless carriers’ data and voice networks like they were made of string and rusty old tin cans. The networks just can’t cope with the locust swam of the technical elite, consuming their network at a frightening rate: the buyers calling back to HQ, the journalists trying to upload 720p video to their blogs, the reporters filing copy to Tokyo, the live-streaming, and the mad chaos of a million different text messages, emails and phone calls ricocheting about the showfloors every second.
Consequently, most of the time, if you’re on the CES showfloor or at one of the industry events like Showstoppers or Digital Experience, your phone simply doesn’t work. You can’t get your email. You can’t check your Twitter. You can’t receive or make calls. Heck, you can’t even send text messages.
Every year we’ve been at CES, what has happened is that our team’s AT&T iPhones have just become non-functional for the majority of the day. And this year, that’s the case too: Leander, Eli, Erfon, Traci and Buster have all found their iPhones unable to access data + voice most of the time during the show.
But you know whose iPhone is working just fine, all the time? My Verizon iPhone 4S. Data works. Voice works. Text messages work. Hell, tethering works: I’m filing this story using the Verizon Personal Hotspot. That’s a goddamn miracle at an event like CES, where working Internet is as precious and unspillable as a cup of water carried through the Sahara.
Everyone already knows that Verizon is the iPhone’s most reliable carrier, but if you’re in the market for an iPhone or thinking of jumping carriers, CES proves it. This conference is like a Will It Blend test, and while every other iPhone carrier has already been turned into confetti, Verizon’s network just broke the blender’s blades.