Apple Intros AT&T, Verizon iPhone Ad

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Apple rolled out a new iPhone 4 commercial over the weekend that shows off the combination iPod and smartphone working on both AT&T and Verizon’s mobile phone networks. The ad shows both versions of the iPhone performing the same tasks, implying that the phone works the same on the two networks.

Verizon will start selling the iPhone 4 at the beginning of February, marking the first time the device will be available in the U.S. on more than one carrier. Previously, AT&T has an exclusive agreement with Apple as the only carrier in the country.

Apple built a special version of the iPhone 4 for Verizon’s wireless network because the GSM wireless technology the company relied on ever since the phone was first launched isn’t compatible with the CDMA technology Verizon uses.

While most features in the Verizon version of the iPhone 4 work exactly like the features in the AT&T version, there are a few differences. The Verizon version, for example, will sport a Wi-Fi hotspot feature that lets users share their iPhone’s 3G data connection with up to five devices. The AT&T version, however, supports simultaneous voice and data connections and can be used in Europe.

Apple’s new Two is Better than One commercial is currently available on the YouTube Web site.

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...“and can be used in Europe”

And most of the rest of the world (Africa, Asia & Pacific, most of Latin America…).

As for the HotSpot feature, apparently, it is coming to the GSM phone too. Whether AT&T will allow it (or wait for another two years, like with the tethering feature) is another question.


I hope Apple is clear at Point Of Sale.  Otherwise I suspect another lawsuit, by some greedy trouble-maker, over this issue—“I didn’t know it couldn’t do what my friend’s phone can do. this is false advertising.”
Apple should have purchasers (of either Verizon or ATT iPhones) sign a specific statement that clearly states that their phone can not do the following things (that the other phone can do).

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