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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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RE: two wrongs don't make a right
By theapparition on 10/18/2009 10:02:58 PM , Rating: 2
You absolutely do not have to sign up for a 2 year contract with any carrier. Just buy the phone outright, they even advertise the non-contract price.


RE: two wrongs don't make a right
By callmeroy on 10/19/2009 2:37:14 PM , Rating: 2
theapparition beat me to the punch on this....

Who ever thinks you HAVE to sign a 2 year contract to get a phone in the US is a MORON. Why? Because they ignore one the basic common sense things in life that most people don't even have to be told they just "sense" its a smart thing to do --- read before you sign.

I just got a new cell phone two weeks ago from AT&T (no not an i phone) and its clearly stated that I don't have to sign a contract. However the phone will cost xxx dollars if I don't sign one and I'm not eligible for any rebates w/o the contract signing.

The single biggest reason why carriers lock you into contracts is because they subsidize all or most the cost of the actual phone. The agreement is like the carrier saying "Hey we'll cover the cost of this phone if you promise to stay with us for 24 months so we can recover our cost and make some profit."

Considering w/o an agreement some smart phones would cost you $500 or more out of pocket , I think most folks are ok with a 2 year deal.


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