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The Daily Show celebrates iPhone’s liberation from AT&T [video]

Zach Epstein
January 12th, 2011 at 10:07 AM

In typical Daily Show fashion, Jon Stewart and friends celebrated the arrival of the Verizon iPhone with a hilarious segment Tuesday night. In a seven-minute spot that goes from funny to funnier, Stewart begins by recounting iPhone users’ hardships on AT&T. “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 we’ve ever taken, or song we’ve ever listened to, or home video, or compass,” Stewart said at the start of the segment. “We have sacrificed the ability to make phone calls.” Things were so bad for Stewart, it seems, that he had to send text messages by typing them out on his iPhone 4 and then having an assistant physically bring the phone to the message’s recipient. Daily Show correspondent John Oliver then joins in, reporting live via video chat from yesterday’s Verizon event using his AT&T iPhone. Needless to say, the quality is horrible and the video call drops several times. Oliver’s subsequent report has him hitting the streets to interview AT&T iPhone users — one of whom compares being tied to AT&T to slavery — and he then sits in on the actual announcement at Lincoln Center. Hit the jump for the full video.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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