Leaked Document Shows Verizon's Psyops Anti-iPhone Propaganda

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Oh, deary deary me... Verizon's tactics to combat the JesusPhone 3G now include briefing its employees about the iPhone's failings, so they can answer customer questions about why it doesn't carry the device. There are four big "myths" about the cellphone apparently, ranging from "twice as fast" to "iPhone data plan covers all data," there's even a dig about the lack of audible turn-by-turn GPS navigation. Hasn't Verizon worked out that that's just an app, and is a facility that may yet be added in the future?My fave "mythbusting" point has to be that the iPhone 3G "will be twice as fast only where AT&T has 3G coverage!" No shit... like, you can only run trains on train tracks? OK, so it's really a dig at AT&T's 3G coverage, but you get my point. This has apparently been distributed within Verizon, and though there's the possibility that it's not quite legit, it certainly seems the real deal to me. What do you think, chaps? [Thanks, Harris!]


Iron Man's Pants

Here's the message text that appears in when I try and buy an app using my Verizon phone and click "info".

"Without a price plan that includes an unlimited data feature, you will incur (depending on your plan) airtime charges at applicable overage rates if you exceed your minutes bundle or megabyte("MB") charges of $1.99/MB for downloading the application. Some applications may result in additional charges for sending/receiving data during use."

If Apple were to make an Anti-Verizon sale sheet, I hope they would have enough space to include the full text.

This is why I don't buy games anymore for my Verizon phone. There's also the shady charges for accessing hi-score boards in some games when all I want to do is play the game offline.