iPhone user Jon Stewart blasts AT&T; very, very excited over Verizon iPhone (with video)

For over 7 minutes, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart reacts to the debut of the Verizon iPhone and decries the past “three or four years” of being stuck on AT&T Mobility: “Those of us in the ‘iPhone community’ have sacrificed one thing for the ability to carry around every photograph we’ve ever taken, or song we’ve ever listened to, or home video, or compass. We have sacrificed the ability to make phone calls. For YEARS, for YEARS!!! For years struggling with the world’s most popular ‘almost phone.’ Well, our long national nightmare may soon be over…”

Considering The Daily Show’s demos, better P.R. for Apple and Verizon (and worse for AT&T) is difficult to imagine:

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MacDailyNews Take: “Our long national nightmare may soon be over” is so apropos that we used it in our Takes relating to the prospects of the Verizon iPhone back in August 2010 and again just last week.

The unjust tarring and feathering of Apple’s iPhone due to AT&T Mobility’s creaky network in major media-centric metro areas is finally going to end (unless Verizon’s network too becomes overloaded, in which case they’ll incorrectly blame iPhone again). Why do we say “incorrectly?” Because when we have even halfway decent AT&T coverage in less densely populated areas, our iPhones actually work perfectly well as phones, so it’s obviously AT&T network congestion that’s the root of years worth of problems and complaints. If you can’t get some extra capacity approved in neon-flashing problem areas within a 3-4 year timeframe, you’re doing something wrong.

Oh, by the way, Verizon Wireless this morning announced the activation of sixteen new cell sites in the New York Metro Region.

Have at it, AT&T astroturfers, but you’d have better luck astroturfing the entire surface of the moon than in mitigating this so richly deserved P.R. nightmare.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Brawndo Drinker” and “Andrew W.” for the heads up.]


  1. Well, I can hear you, but I can’t get your email if I have a VZW phone and in Alaska.

    If I’m traveling out of the country, I can’t hear you now, or get your email with a VZW phone.

    Never had a problem, except cranky customer service… I could get that at VZW too. I’m all for competition, but I don’t get the jubilation.

  2. Will a CDMA phone work on European and other international phone networks when traveling?

    I don’t see the excitement over Verizon. Verizon service sucks!

    One of my clients moved their office in late June and their Verizon phone/internet service is still messed up after spending ridiculous amounts of time trying to get them to fix it.

    Gotta love those monopolies!

  3. The jubilation over VZ Phone by AT&T customers will be short lived. My experience with VZ prior to AT&T was that of dropped calls, poor coverage areas, etc. Worse, my understanding is that VZ has no ability to surf web while calling someone. This is a real handicap, as being able to look something up while using headphones or speaker phone is one of the true joys of having an iPhone. AT&T customers should look before they leap. For VZ customers, this is a great opportunity to experience the iPhone and since they have not known the pleasure of simultaneously being on a call and on the internet, they won’t miss what they do not know. I am thrilled that VZ has the iPhone and wish it was available on the other networks, as well.

  4. This (the beginning of Verizon’s iPhone era) will be interesting to watch.

    I wonder if their network has been beefed up enough to handle it. I seriously doubt it.

    By this time next year, Apple will have sold millions more iPhones, and Android will have taken a serious hit, but there will likely be millions of VZ customers wondering what happened to their service.

    I feel for the carriers covering this enormous land of ours with infrastructure–but only to a point. What was it Steve called them, “Orifices?” Yeah, that about sums it up.

    In this world we live in, the vast majority of the people in the position of handing out decisions are really only good at one thing–doing whatever it takes to obtain (and retain) those positions. Their organizations show it: a one-quarter vision of the future at best.

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  5. Complain all you like, yet ATT allowed the iPhone to see the light of day. Without ATT none of you happy camper would have it and would still be carrying a blackberry or Windows mobile. Now, the iPhone is breaking down barriers that would never happened before. Just because ATT wanted to spin the dice and play Las Vegas odds on a computer company that was turned down by Verizon.

    A little pain for changing the world is not so bad.

    So, bite the hand that feed you, belittle those who fought through the good and bad so others may follow with greater choices!


  6. I’m iCal’ing MDN on this–let’s see how things are four months from now. I will quote MDN on “our long national nightmare” at that time, and we’ll see how MDN thinks about this “savior” when reality sets in.

    And, as many others have said, if it weren’t for ATT’s corporate intelligence, we wouldn’t have the iPhone today. How intelligent was Verizon three years ago? Where were they when Steve Jobs came knocking? How many billions has Verizon lost because Apple refused to put Verizon’s crapware on its products?

    In reality, the savior is ATT for having the courage and the sense to break old models in allowing Apple to design the best mobile communications experience ever developed.

    We wouldn’t have the iPhone if it weren’t for ATT…

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