iPhone Kvetching

iPHONE KVETCHING….OK, I gotta ask: I know the iPhone is very cool, but doesn’t it bother all the iPhone-aniacs out there that the actual voice quality of an iPhone sucks because AT&T has a sucky cell network? I was reminded of this once again last week when a friend of mine with AT&T service happened to use my Verizon phone and was astonished at how good the voice quality was.

Of course, I suppose this varies by location, and most of the iPhone blogging I read comes from Washington D.C. Is AT&T service better in the District than in other places? Or what?

Anyway, it just seems like this would be a bigger deal to people. I don’t like talking on cell phones all that much to begin with, and it drives me crazy whenever I have to talk to someone with AT&T service. It’s like talking through a tin can phone. All the cool features in the world can’t make up for that.

UPDATE: Commenters confirm that AT&T voice quality depends on location, just like you’d expect. On the other hand, voice quality in DC is apparently not so hot. On the third hand, David Pogue (whose Mac book is currently teaching me to love my Mac) says of the new iPhone: “The third improvement is audio quality, which has taken a gigantic step forward. You sound crystal clear to your callers, and they sound crystal clear to you. In fact, few cellphones sound this good.” However, it’s not clear from his article if this is true only if you happen to be in one of AT&T’s 3G coverage areas or if it’s true everywhere.