Apple’s most important employees are programmers at other companies (making phone calls with a Samsung Note)

For about 1.5 years I have been thinking that Samsung couldn’t possibly leave the Phone/Contacts app on the Galaxy Note 3 unpatched, yet in fact they have done just that. If you search for a friend by name, even after telling the app note to show contacts without phone numbers, you get a huge list of “contacts,” many of whom do not have the name searched for and for almost none of whom the phone has any number. I made a video of the remarkable behavior of this software.

Another knock against the phone/Samsung software/Android is that we couldn’t get it to work with a rented Nissan last month, either for phone calls or to play an audiobook yet a friend’s iPhone worked immediately.

I am about ready to switch to the iPhone 6 Plus partly for compatibility with the rest of the world, e.g., that Nissan, partly because I know that it won’t consider someone to whose email I responded 8 years ago a “contact,” and partly because of the image-stabilized camera and Apple’s excellent camera software. At the same time I am considering switching from Verizon to T-Mobile because Verizon has almost no coverage in my suburban neighborhood while T-Mobile and AT&T have at least some. T-Mobile seems to be about 1/2 the price of Verizon if there is any international usage at all (where T-Mobile is 1/6th the price per minute for voice calls and infinitely cheaper for data and text ($ 0 extra)). The plan is to use WiFi when calling from home so the iPhone and T-Mobile would have to hand off the call from WiFi to a tower if I were to head out for a walk in the neighborhood with Mindy the Crippler.

What do readers who’ve switched from Verizon to T-Mobile have to say? Is there an obvious reason to pay 2X for Verizon if your house happens to be in a place with poor Verizon coverage? (VZ has worked well most other places, though I have been afraid to turn the device on in a foreign country.)

Finally, is it fair to say that, in terms of keeping Apple stock price high and Apple products popular, the most important contributors are programmers at Samsung, Microsoft, and other potential competitors?

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