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Apple disses Verizon, Droid with tongue-in-cheek iPhone ads

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(Read caption) New iPhone ads point out the differences between AT&T and Verizon's networks.

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From the "Ohh snap!!" dept.

Apple on Monday is slated to back up its buddy AT&T with the launch of two new ads that tout one of the iPhone's clever little tricks, according to BusinessWeek.

In "What time's the movie" and "Did you see my email" (posted below) the familiar iPhone announcer poses a question: have you ever been on a call and used your smart phone's data connection at the same time? With the iPhone, he answers, you can. So what?

As the iPhone ad man points out with a bit of schoolyard emphasis, ("Can your phone and your network do that?) the technology Verizon's network runs on, CDMA, doesn't support simultaneous voice and data. AT&T's network does.

And while Verizon may say its network offers more "3G" coverage – as pointed out with some level of controversy in Verizon's "There's a map for that" ads – the 800-pound gorilla is that no matter the coverage, the drool-worthy hardware (*cough* Droid *cough*), or the ability to run multiple apps simultaneously, no CDMA device yet has the ability to do both voice and data at once. (Cue sad trombone.)

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