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This is the droid you were looking for

While the iPhone has been a very popular phone with consumers, one of the most criticized aspects of the phone has been its network which is supported by AT&T. According to recent reports, the 30% iPhone dropped call rate in NYC is considered "normal".

Verizon's most recent attack on the iPhone came in the form of "There's a map for that" ads which poked fun at AT&T's 3G coverage in the United States. While those ads -- which were a humorous take on AT&T's "There's an app for that" commercials -- threw a few jabs at the Apple/AT&T dynasty, Verizon's newest ad campaign is full of powerful combinations.

In a new commercial which aired tonight according to Engadget, Verizon once again goes with similar iPhone themes (music and font in this case) to attack all of the things that the AT&T/iPhone can't do or doesn't physically have. Some of the gems in the commercial include "iDon't have a real keyboard", "iDon't run simultaneous apps", "iDon't allow open development", and "iDon't have interchangeable batteries".

The commercial then shifts gears and goes all "mech" on the viewer to advertise the upcoming Motorola Droid which will use Google's Android 2.0 operating system. While the Motorola Droid isn't shown in the commercial, Verizon points users to a teaser site at

Verizon's hard stance against the iPhone sheds quite a bit of doubt on Apple's iPhone coming to its next generation LTE network (as many Verizon customers and burned AT&T customers have pined for); however, stranger things have happened.

It remains to be seen if the Motorola Droid will have what it takes to dethrone Apple's iPhone in the hearts and minds of American consumers and push more customers to Verizon's network. If the Droid isn't enough, it'll have plenty of help from the Blackberry Storm2 and the Verizon Palm Pre.

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How would that even work?
By Jalek on 10/18/2009 12:30:18 AM , Rating: 1
With iPhones you have iTunes, MP3's, CD's, podcasts, and possible music from many sources.

For apps you're locked (normally) with both. With VCast though, Verizone's always done all they can to stop anyone from even getting ringtones not purchased from them.

I would expect Verizon to lock anything they get down even more than the iPhone has been by Apple.

RE: How would that even work?
By petschska on 10/18/2009 12:45:43 AM , Rating: 4
Smartphones are treated differently on Verizon than the rest. Verizon does nothing to stop you from loading ringtones onto a BlackBerry. The same would obviously go for this phone.

RE: How would that even work?
By mathiastck on 10/18/2009 4:07:38 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly, Verizon has treated my blackberry very well. Plus google has thrown their support behind this, I believe they held up the droid at the join google verizon press conference. Google has been good about required open ness if the phone was going to "come with google."

RE: How would that even work?
By BOWTHERKINDLY on 10/18/09, Rating: 0
RE: How would that even work?
By nascar246788 on 10/18/2009 1:17:23 AM , Rating: 3
yeah verizon treats smart phones different. I loaded my own music onto my phone and I can use it as a ring tone. So free ring tones that are music of my choosing.

RE: How would that even work?
By mcnabney on 10/18/2009 2:41:51 AM , Rating: 2
Do you even know what you are talking about?

Smartphones can have ringtones sent to them directly from any source.

Regular phones, you will need to send an appropriately sized and formated (mp3) file as a message attachment. Once received, it can be saved and selected as a ringtone.

This has been true for every Verizon phone I have had in the last six years.

RE: How would that even work?
By Omega215D on 10/19/2009 4:41:28 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, well I loaded MP3s to my VZW LG enV Touch by way of microSD card which can also be used as ringtones... albeit long ringtones.

Verizon hasn't locked down their phones as much as they have in the past but that was mostly with Motorola phones. Samsungs, Nokias and LG didn't really have much of a lockdown.

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