Finding itself sorely out of the limelight during the recent nationwide iPhone frenzy, Verizon has decided to supply it's sales staff with some ammunition to squelch customer concerns about their inability to get an iPhone through Verizon.
AppleInsider recently got it's hands on an internal, confidential document circulated to Verizon employees providing a side-by-side comparison of the iPhone and Verizon's family of mobile devices. Highlighted shortcomings of the iPhone, which do not plague Verizon devices, are the lack of instant messaging, MMS, and GPS, amongst others.
Many of the advantages Verizon is touting make good, plain sense. However, Verizon takes things a bit too far making themselves appear considerably green with envy.For one, Verizon is comparing the iPhone to the entire lineup of Verizon mobile devices and services. Comparing one phone to a wireless service provider's entire family of devices is not what you'd exactly call a one-to-one comparison.
Secondly, Verizon makes a few shady claims. One of the highlighted shortcomings of the iPhone is it's lack of "Song ID", a Verizon service which allows users of Verizon VCast phones to play a song into their phone's microphone and identify it for download and purchase. While some individuals certainly may find this interesting or handy at times, in reality it is a largely useless feature that very few iPhone users are likely missing. Verizon also suggests that iPhone owners need to "stay near a plug" because the iPhone doesn't offer a removable or swappable battery. It fails to mention that the battery life times of the iPhone are some of the best in the industry.
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You can see the full comparison document and read the original AppleInsider post here.