Apple may be advertising the iPhone 4 as a friendly product for two
friendly networks in America, but the truth of the matter is that Verizon Wireless still is no fan of AT&T, and the same is true in
the opposite direction. Even since it was announced that VZW would be
getting the iPhone 4, both ad departments have been working overtime.
Each one is trying to point out why their iPhone 4 is better, despite
the overwhelming school of thought suggesting that Verizon's iPhone 4
will be superior if you need an unlimited data plan or need a broader 3G
But that's not stopping AT&T from harping on a point that has been
around forever, but could become a moot point just as soon as the iPhone
5 is launched. Verizon has already shown that they have the potential
to enable simultaneous voice + data usage over their network, and
upcoming Android phones may be able to take advantage. But for now,
AT&T is using this against Verizon, for whatever it's worth.
We personally think the argument is somewhat overblown. It's not often
that we have to use our voice minutes and our data at the same time,
particularly when a Wi-Fi hotspot isn't nearby (or better yet, a PC).
But it's the one thing that AT&T has left to hang onto, and they're
hanging tough. The ad below is actually really compelling, but what
officer worker a) doesn't have Wi-Fi and b) doesn't have a notebook or
desktop? When's the last time you saw an office working do their job
without an actual computer? Exactly. Nice try, AT&T, but we're still
not buying this one.