Verizon continues bashing AT&T Mobility and, as an aside, Apple’s iPhone’s exclusive U.S. relationship with AT&T in a new television spot that places a thinly-disguised iPhone on the “Island of Misfit Toys” (Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1964, TV) due to AT&T’s 3G coverage map:
Direct link via YouTube here.
MacDailyNews Take: For Verizon to place the very device upon which their now multi-year parade of inferior knockoffs is based on an “Island of Misfit Toys” is a dramatic example of self-delusion and irony. If Apple’s iPhone is on an “Island of Misfit Toys,” then the best devices that Verizon can offer are are lying miles off shore, submerged, rusting, and dysfunctional under at least 50 feet of salt water. It’s a cute ad, but it backfires under the least bit of scrutiny: Verizon offers wider, but slower, 3G coverage and a bunch of inferior handsets that obviously, and quite desperately, can only wish they were iPhones.
Verizon had better be careful: These Droids aren’t the iPhone killers you’re looking for and this is Steve Jobs you’re dealing with. This ad is sure to come up, if not played on a huge screen, when Verizon again comes begging Apple for an iPhone deal. Or maybe Verizon just has a death wish: iPhone 4G in the U.S. on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.
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