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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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iPhone Signal
By Alexstarfire on 10/18/2009 1:35:09 AM , Rating: 2
One thing that seems to be pretty common is low signal strength on the iPhone. I was at the mall today with my friend and happen to end up talking about Christmas gifts we were getting for other people. She mentioned that she was getting a signal booster for her dad because he gets poor signal. Naturally curious I wondered what phone he was using..... iPhone on the AT&T network. Classic. I almost started to laugh when she told me that, but thankfully I held it together. Was really tempted to tell her to have her dad just get another phone, expect that the booster she wanted to get is supposed to work across all networks cause apparently her step-mother has the same problem on Verizon, I think that the right network. Could be T-Mobile though.

RE: iPhone Signal
By cmdrdredd on 10/18/09, Rating: 0
RE: iPhone Signal
By zerocool84 on 10/19/2009 1:34:27 AM , Rating: 2
Yes but people want the iPhone so bad they could care less what network it's on. No phone is worth using AT&T. They are so horrible. Overpriced for the service they provide.

RE: iPhone Signal
By Alexstarfire on 10/19/2009 2:00:02 AM , Rating: 2
Dude, when my phone works just fine in the same place an iPhone doesn't, on the same network...... I just don't know what else I can say. You don't have to believe me and I do believe that it is the user's problem just as well as the phone manufacturer's.

It's not like I have signal issues with my phone. Even with 0 bars, or so it says anyway, I can still make and receive phone calls. Granted I almost never see my phone with 0 bars unless it's next to something that blocks signals.

RE: iPhone Signal
By Omega215D on 10/19/2009 4:46:34 AM , Rating: 2
Not defending the iPhone but bars just best guesses on signal strength and not very accurate. On my LG I was able to make calls with "1X" showing but no bars and all calls came in loud and clear. It only matters when you see a nice slash going across the little antenna icon and "Searching" headline.

RE: iPhone Signal
By Alexstarfire on 10/20/2009 11:53:30 PM , Rating: 2
My phone has only ever done that when turning it on though. Of course I don't go into the middle of the ocean or try to use it on a plane.... so perhaps I just have reception all the time.

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