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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 droiddoes.com.

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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Apple and Verizon
By Anonymous88 on 10/18/2009 11:39:36 AM , Rating: 1
A couple things in the comments I noticed that I'd like to add-

-Verizon isnt going after Apple in as much as they are targeting AT&T, whose coverage, does indeed stink-not an opinion, its pretty much fact. That and really its just verizon emphasizing one of thier strengths and downplaying thier "weakness" of not always having the "coolest" phones. No different then what most other company's and even people do-you don't go into a job interview and explain all your faults! you go in and you tell em where your better then anyone else, not much of a difference here in my eyes...

-Yes verizon to a certain extent locks down thier stuff-not defending it, but point to me a cell provider that DOESNT do this, and as has been pointed out, the apple iTARDS jumping on this as normal fail to see how crAPPLE typically locks down it's stuff far worse. Essentially any decent size company with the intent of MAKING MONEY is going to use such tactics to one extent or the other-once again, crAPPLE typically is FAR worse then any of the other companies it points its fingers at, however, it seems to get a pass because its seen as "cool"- Hypocrisy at its best! I'm not defending the practice for either one, since I feel its a bit of bs either way (alot of BS in crAPPLE's case), but its capitalism, and at least we have the freedom to have the choices and to whine and complain. Besides, with even a small amount of searching, there is an easy workaround to verizon's lockdown-a program called bitpim, it's allowed me to load ringtones and videos without fail-works great (i'm on an LG chocolate 3 btw (the flip version) but I think it works for most non smartphones which operate on CDMA as well

- back to signal strength and network- I drove a semi long distance/over-the road from about 05 through about 07, and sporadically since then and having covered a huge portion of the US, including many out of the way locations, i can say that verizon's coverage trumps all the other cell providers nearly all of the time-i can't tell you the number of times i saw folks who had this or that provider, and couldnt get service, when I would have at least one or two bars, if not full, signal strenght-and this was with your standard verizon LG flip phones-nothing fancy, not even push-to-talk. I'm not some fanboy-if there was a cheaper alternative with similar coverage I'd switch, but from personal experience right now there isnt and if I break down in some forsaken place, i need a phone that (and this may be hard for some crAPPLE/AT&T fantards to understand) just works! With only one exception, Verizon has (the one exception being an instance near Calexico CA when I was so close to the mexican border I picked up a mexican cell tower-still had service, but would have had to dial 1 (country code) to call the US, even though I hadn't technically left-driving a 1/4 mile north solved this issue) In addition, while in college (the reason I stopped driving full time) we had some classrooms underground (no windows) built in the 50's or so-can't tell you how many folks with other carriers had trouble in this situation-myself, I could sit and get nearly full strength all day-never any problems there either....




RE: Apple and Verizon
By AlexWade on 10/18/2009 6:21:10 PM , Rating: 2
AT&T stinks in many places but not everywhere. Outside of major cities, AT&T is actually quite good. I know because I have AT&T and ever since the "fewest dropped calls" commercials many years ago, I have not a single issue. I don't have 3G. The key to determine where AT&T is good is how big the city is. The smaller the city, the better the service. If I drive 45 minutes, I get 3G but also get more problems, usually because of a full tower. But since the service is more than adequate where I live and since I am grandfathered into a great rate plan, I don't change.

I've noticed that Verizon has AT&T envy. Does Verizon attack Sprint? No. When AT&T had the most customers, Verizon bought the best cell carrier ever (in my opinion), Alltel. Alltel had great coverage, great server, and great prices. Bam, Verizon now has the most customers. Then AT&T counters with the Apple fanboys. So Verizon counters with yet another subtle dig. It seems like all of Verizon mantra is "we are SOOOO much better than AT&T". It is childish and juvenile. Let your service speak for itself. It already is better than AT&T, let word of mouth carry over.


RE: Apple and Verizon
By Yawgm0th on 10/19/2009 2:48:38 AM , Rating: 2
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AT&T stinks in many places but not everywhere. Outside of major cities, AT&T is actually quite good. I know because I have AT&T and ever since the "fewest dropped calls" commercials many years ago, I have not a single issue. I don't have 3G. The key to determine where AT&T is good is how big the city is. The smaller the city, the better the service. If I drive 45 minutes, I get 3G but also get more problems, usually because of a full tower. But since the service is more than adequate where I live and since I am grandfathered into a great rate plan, I don't change.
This is exactly contrary to my experience. Maybe this is true in New York and LA, but here in Minneapolis/St. Paul this is not the case. The farther you get from the cities, the less likely you are to get full 3G. There are pretty much three major areas (twin cities, Rochester, Winona) with good 3G coverage, and the rest of the state (90% rural/small towns) barely has cell coverage.

Same thing in North Dakota, but even more extreme. If you are within 40 miles of Bismarck or Fargo, you get coverage, maybe even 3G. Everywhere else there is no coverage.

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I've noticed that Verizon has AT&T envy. Does Verizon attack Sprint?
AT&T is Verizon's only serious competitor. Anti-trust laws and AT&T are the only serious reason Verizon isn't a monopoly.


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