Techcrunch asks the impertinent question: can AT&T handle the iPhone. The pertinent answer thus far is: no. The iPhone is a consumer success the likes of which no smartphone has experienced before. There are more users using more features that consumer more bandwidth that likely even Apple or AT&T ever estimated, and it's put an extreme hurt not only on existing infrastructure, but a hurt that's growing faster than infrastructure expansion can handle.

The answer to many is simply to have the iPhone on Verizon, which is believed to offer a better network. While obviously splitting the iPhone between AT&T and Verizon would lesson the individual demand on both -- load balancing the user pool, so to speak -- we're curious as to whether or not Verizon could have, or could still, handle the iPhone all by itself.

It's largely reported that Verizon was the first US carrier offered the iPhone after all. If they'd said yes, and if the iPhone grew on Verizon as fast (or faster, given their reach) than AT&T, would Verizon have suffered the same problems -- and bad reputation -- AT&T is suffering now? CDMA towers, while serving more with less, still have their limits, after all. (TiPb's heard that some feel BlackBerry hits CDMA networks hard -- they ain't seen anything like the freight-train of hurt the iPhone is bringing.)

So, what do you think?