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Jon Stewart made Verizon's iPhone announcement a top story on his Comedy Central Daily Show last night, first describing the news as the reason for the "spring in my step," before launching a castigating portrayal of AT&T's service in New York City.

"For the past three or four years, those of us in the iPhone community have sacrificed one thing for the ability to carry around every photograph weve ever taken or song weve ever listened to, or home video, or compass," Stewart said.

"We have sacrificed the ability to make phone calls," he said, dramatically adding, as the audience laughted, "For years! Struggling with the world's most popular, almost phone."

"Well, our long national nightmare may soon be over," Steward said, jumping to a clip of Verizon's president Lowell McAdam announcing the new availability of Apple's iPhone on its network.

"Freedom!" Stewart bellowed, before explaining the steps he's had to take in order to communicate with the iPhone, which included carrying a second phone (pulling out a pink plastic toy which he said his four year old daughter wanted back, and which could only call unicorns and faeries) and hiring foot messengers to physically carry the phone to the recipient after he typed it in. "Each text costs me $400," Steward quipped.

Correspondent John Oliver then lampooned the iPhone's service in an onsite report via a video call, where he loses service mid-call, which he later blamed on having "looked at a tunnel."

Oliver compiled a series of clips with existing users, who complained that AT&T's service required them to walk to specific places in their home to make a call, that "calls drop all the time," and that "the service is horrible," with about half of the comments including bleeped out profanity (or blurred middle finger gestures) directed toward AT&T.

"It's like being a technology hostage," one woman said, while the next man added, "it's like being a slave." Oliver described the Verizon announcement as "a moment of liberation," staging skits involving users pulling down AT&T logos and stomping on them.

"1/11/11," Oliver concluded, "a day that will always be known as VZ day," over the image of a returning sailor kissing his girl in Times Square, as he glanced at his mobile phone.

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I've never watched that show before. Is it a comedy?

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Why yes it is. It's a sad day when the Comedy Channel has the most informative and enjoyable news show around.
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It really is no joke. Service really IS that bad.
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It's amazing we put up with this crap for the last 3-1/2 years. AT&T is a train wreck.
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It really is no joke. Service really IS that bad.


...just wait till 6 million iPhone users crowd onto Verizon's CDMA 3G network...
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a year from now he will be asking the all important questions "why can I check email and talk on my VZ Iphone at the same time" damn that grass was not greener
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I've never watched that show before. Is it a comedy?

It is on Comedy Central. Its a great show. One of my favourites.
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Sorry to burst your bubble AT&T haters, but to be frank, you don't know how good you've got it. Try using an iPhone 4 in the UK, where I live. True we have a wide choice of carriers, and it's been that way for a long time, but it's really only the illusion of choice. Prices are largely the same, coverage is largely the same, and with the exception of a network called 'Three', speeds are utterly miserable. I mean, really, really, really miserable.

When I see AT&T iPhone speed tests coming back with 4-5mbits I chuckle. On my iPhone 4 (with a network called 'O2') I'm lucky if I get 1mbit. Most of the time it's 0.25mbit. As soon as I leave the city the service drops to edge, then GPRS, then no service. It's a joke.

The only possible relief on offer is the aforementioned 'Three' network, who in my experience will give around 3mbit (still lower than AT&T of course), but with very spotty coverage. Plus their network, as the name implies, is 3G only, so when leaving a city the iPhone goes from 3G to no service instantly.

Oh and all UK mobile networks now have horrible data caps too. How does 250mb to 500mb a month sound?
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I absolutely love how people compare it to slavery and the woman is upset she has to walk 5 steps to get service in her apartment. What about the days when we all had a phone hooked to the wall that we had to get up and walk over to to answer???
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a year from now he will be asking the all important questions "why can I check email and talk on my VZ Iphone at the same time" damn that grass was not greener


or, god forbid, you try to use google maps for directions while you are talking on the phone... i cannot even count the number of times i have been talking to someone on the phone while searching for/making reservations at the establishment we are meeting at...
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It really is no joke. Service really IS that bad.

Where do you live? Everyone says the AT&T network coverage sucks. I live in FL and here AT&T is king, their network coverage dominates FL . I've never once dropped a call on my iPhone or had any issue. I know it's not that great in california or new York.
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or, god forbid, you try to use google maps for directions while you are talking on the phone... i cannot even count the number of times i have been talking to someone on the phone while searching for/making reservations at the establishment we are meeting at...

I love how people say they don't use it or it's an obscure feature no one needs.

Think about it this way for a moment.

The iPhone is your computing device when away from your computer, right?

So how many times have you been on a phone call while browsing the Internet on your real computer? Lots of times, I would imagine. So what is the difference? If you could do it on your iPhone, you would. I'm just guessing, but that is the way I use my iPhone and my computer quite often. I like multitasking.

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I love how people say they don't use it or it's an obscure feature no one needs.

Think about it this way for a moment.

The iPhone is your computing device when away from your computer, right?

So how many times have you been on a phone call while browsing the Internet on your real computer? Lots of times, I would imagine. So what is the difference? If you could do it on your iPhone, you would. I'm just guessing, but that is the way I use my iPhone and my computer quite often. I like multitasking.

How many people said that about smartphones in general? How many of them are now smartphone users? Like all good technology, what is irrelevant in one epoch can be a necessity in the next.
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"But Sir, the polio..."
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This melodrama is HILARIOUS! Seriously, we are seriously screwed as a nation and as a species when people are comparing all the "hardships" they've endured by voluntarily buying a phone, even comparing it to slavery. Slavery. Everyone in this video pretty much a high functioning retard.

My experience is opposite of what most people constantly complain about (I maintain you are a complete idiot if you keep a phone that has as poor of service as people complain about - you have 30 days for a reason). Even in NY, I had very good service (I was expecting the worst after reading about this stuff for a month).

I for one, cannot wait to watch as the honeymoon phase slowly wears off...some people will literally never be satisfied with ANYTHING.
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I do find it interesting that people continue to complain about the AT&T network. It is the best network I have ever had and I live in a small town.
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I do find it interesting that people continue to complain about the AT&T network. It is the best network I have ever had and I live in a small town.

I honestly would not be surprised if most of them don't even have AT&T.
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"For the past three or four years, those of us in the iPhone community have sacrificed one thing for the ability to carry around every photograph weve ever taken or song weve ever listened to, or home video, or compass," Stewart said.

"We have sacrificed the ability to make phone calls," he said, dramatically adding, as the audience laughted, "For years! Struggling with the world's most popular, almost phone."



IMO, one of Apple's biggest problems is forming partnerships. The one with ATT has made them a laughingstock. And recently, they were running ads dissing Verizon for the inability to access data during calls. So much for multitasking...
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Maybe Jon Stewart needs to get a life? I used to find him funny, but his routine has gotten old. If his iPhone troubles are such a top story, maybe he needs a reality check for his "news"? Flooding in Australia, US-China relations, Wikileaks, the tragedy in Arizona, our economy, the federal deficit, all of the problems in Africa, the list goes on and on - and the iPhone is that big of deal? I am surprised he hasn't blamed his iPhone problems on Rush Limbaugh. AT&T may suck in NYC, but if it is bad as people say it is, why do they still have iPhones? I would have turned mine in a long time ago. Maybe they are just posers who think they look cool with an iPhone? Most of our country seems to be slaves to media hype, and sadly Jon Stewart seems to be no better.
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I love how people say they don't use it or it's an obscure feature no one needs.



It is such an obscure feature that Apple based a major ad campaign around it. Go figure
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Just because a few New Yorkers think that AT&T has some issues (and AT&T does have issues there) doesn't mean that the same problem exists for the 98% of the rest of us.

When Jon Stewart takes his next trip to Europe, he'd better keep his AT&T phone.....cause the Verizon one won't work.
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Where do you live? Everyone says the AT&T network coverage sucks. I live in FL and here AT&T is king, their network coverage dominates FL . I've never once dropped a call on my iPhone or had any issue. I know it's not that great in california or new York.

I would expect good coverage in FL. As I recall, Cingular was based in FL.
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I've never watched that show before. Is it a comedy?

I wouldn't call it comedy. Glib - liberal glib that often insults those with an IQ higher then 20.
People who watch the show also enjoy reality TV, shopping at Walmart, WWE Wrestling, Fast Food, listen to Top 40 radio, think Budweiser is good beer, and have never set foot in an art gallery or museum as an adult.

Anyways, the show is full of vitriol - He was caught blaming Bush for not responding fast enough over the Gulf Oil Spill... then he realized his folly.
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If his iPhone troubles are such a top story, maybe he needs a reality check for his "news"?


Were he the host of a news show, you would have an excellent point. Somehow, however, I think that Apple Fanatics may be funnier to most normal folks than Australian flood victims.

In fact, for what tickles MY particular funnybone, I think that Apple wins hands down.
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Maybe Jon Stewart needs to get a life? I used to find him funny, but his routine has gotten old. If his iPhone troubles are such a top story, maybe he needs a reality check for his "news"? Flooding in Australia, US-China relations, Wikileaks, the tragedy in Arizona, our economy, the federal deficit, all of the problems in Africa, the list goes on and on - and the iPhone is that big of deal? I am surprised he hasn't blamed his iPhone problems on Rush Limbaugh. AT&T may suck in NYC, but if it is bad as people say it is, why do they still have iPhones? I would have turned mine in a long time ago. Maybe they are just posers who think they look cool with an iPhone? Most of our country seems to be slaves to media hype, and sadly Jon Stewart seems to be no better.

You do realize that the Daily Show isn't an actual news show? It's a parody.

Personally I love it. Thought the segment with John Oliver was very funny last night.
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How many people said that about smartphones in general? How many of them are now smartphone users? Like all good technology, what is irrelevant in one epoch can be a necessity in the next.

I know, can you imagine that the Internet has only been around a little more than 15 years (for the general public). Handheld cell phones have been around about 20 years.

Now everyone has the Internet in their pocket and can't live without it. I once made the comment that I forgot my cell phone at home. The other person said OMG I was trying to get in touch with you - how could you forget your phone?

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Verizon user: "Can you hear me now?"

AT&T user: "I can hear you, and I sent you an important email just now."

Verizon user: "Let me check my email, I'll call you right back."

AT&T user: "...errr... yeah. It's like 1998 all over again."
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I wouldn't call it comedy. Glib - liberal glib that often insults those with an IQ higher then 20.
People who watch the show also enjoy reality TV, shopping at Walmart, WWE Wrestling, Fast Food, listen to Top 40 radio, think Budweiser is good beer, and have never set foot in an art gallery or museum as an adult.

Anyways, the show is full of vitriol - He was caught blaming Bush for not responding fast enough over the Gulf Oil Spill... then he realized his folly.

Wow! So much stereotyping makes you sound like the rancorous one. I think you would have had a decent argument if you hadnt resorted to pigeonholing.
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I know, can you imagine that the Internet has only been around a little more than 15 years (for the general public). Handheld cell phones have been around about 20 years.

Now everyone has the Internet in their pocket and can't live without it. I once made the comment that I forgot my cell phone at home. The other person said OMG I was trying to get in touch with you - how could you forget your phone?

Reading the Steven Wright comments on another thread made me realize something. Before cellphones we would talk to people on the phone mostly at home. Now, I only call people when Im not at home. I use the time Im in motion to do this additional task.
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Sorry to burst your bubble AT&T haters, but to be frank, you don't know how good you've got it. Try using an iPhone 4 in the UK, where I live. True we have a wide choice of carriers, and it's been that way for a long time, but it's really only the illusion of choice. Prices are largely the same, coverage is largely the same, and with the exception of a network called 'Three', speeds are utterly miserable. I mean, really, really, really miserable.

Yes, but can you actually make and receive phone calls? If so, you're doing better than us.
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...just wait till 6 million iPhone users crowd onto Verizon's CDMA 3G network...

Repeating ATT marketing line.
Verizon is the biggest carrier. They have tons of android phones which use more data than iPhones. iPhone on verizon is a nonevent to their data network.
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Yes, but can you actually make and receive phone calls? If so, you're doing better than us.

Only sometimes. Honestly, cell coverage in the UK is abysmal.
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Reading the Steven Wright comments on another thread made me realize something. Before cellphones we would talk to people on the phone mostly at home. Now, I only call people when Im not at home. I use the time Im in motion to do this additional task.

I like talking w/o people eaves dropping in on my calls. I use my phone mostly at home.
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You do realize that the Daily Show isn't an actual news show? It's a parody.

Personally I love it. Thought the segment with John Oliver was very funny last night.


Sure, it is a comedy show, but sadly for many people - it is their main source of "news". Not sure what that says about our other "news sources" like CNN, Fox, MSNBC, etc. Or what it says about our average citizen. Things that Jon Stewart says on his shows get repeated as if they were facts. Many of his viewers can't distinguish between reality and comedy.
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I like talking w/o people eaves dropping in on my calls. I use my phone mostly at home.

I use my headphones or jawbone. I like to be on the move like Im Jack Bauer. I have an alarm that informs at the top of the hour that the following takes place between that time and the next hour. It makes life seem more exciting than it really is.
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AT&T should have done whatever was necessary, and I mean whatever was necessary, to insure to notch service in New York and SF.

Instead, and bizarrely, those are two of their worst service areas. One, the media capital of the nation, the other, the tech capital of the nation. The biggest news outlets and the biggest tech pundits all hate AT&Ts guts and say so all the time.

Hence the cognitive dissonance of many, if not most of AT&T's customers having perfectly fine to excellent service while being told, over and over again, that it's absolutely wretched.

If it had been the other way around-- if Manhattan and SF had been great, and great swaths of the midwest had been so-so to lousy-- do you think AT&T would be a punch line?

Really, what were they thinking? They could have invested heavily in a few square mile of coverage and improved their public image a thousand fold.
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I wouldn't call it comedy. Glib - liberal glib that often insults those with an IQ higher then 20.
People who watch the show also enjoy reality TV, shopping at Walmart, WWE Wrestling, Fast Food, listen to Top 40 radio, think Budweiser is good beer, and have never set foot in an art gallery or museum as an adult.

Anyways, the show is full of vitriol - He was caught blaming Bush for not responding fast enough over the Gulf Oil Spill... then he realized his folly.

Niiiiicccee! Anybody who doesn't agree with you or see the world like you is a slobering idiot. Must be nice to be you...
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Sure, it is a comedy show, but sadly for many people - it is their main source of "news". Not sure what that says about our other "news sources" like CNN, Fox, MSNBC, etc. Or what it says about our average citizen. Things that Jon Stewart says on his shows get repeated as if they were facts. Many of his viewers can't distinguish between reality and comedy.

I agree. It is sad. The same thing happens when people try to get their news from FOX...
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I do find it interesting that people continue to complain about the AT&T network. It is the best network I have ever had and I live in a small town.

That is why you are happy with AT&T. It's more often those of us in large towns that have complaints because AT&T refuses to add capacity to its urban towers. Here in Wilmington DE AT&T is often unusable for data between 9AM and 5PM. Then once all the workers leave it's suddenly functional again. You'll find similar complaints about San Francisco and NYC.
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