Verizon iPhone: Stop me if you've heard this one before

Long-suffering iPhone fans can finally kick AT&T to the curb and hook up with Verizon, but the smartphone saga is hardly over

We're not even two weeks into the new year and we've already enjoyed our first completely overhyped story of 2011: the Verizon iPhone.

Yesterday the Web was agog over the entirely unsurprising news that Verizon will soon be selling a CDMA version of the Jesus phone. Literally thousands of stories, six of the top ten Google trending topics, and a gazillion tweets later ...

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Sorry, I just lapsed into a coma. What was I saying again? Oh yeah, the Verizon iPhone, a six-month-old phone that won't do some of the things the current iPhone 4 does (like simultaneous voice and data) but will do some of the things it won't (create instant Wi-Fi hot spots).

And oh yeah: If you desperately crave an iPhone you no longer have to deal with AT&T. For some folks, that was a deal- breaker. (But miraculous and life-changing? Not so much.)

Last night on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart was so thrilled with the news he devoted a seven-minute segment to it, during which he trashed AT&T as thoroughly as humanly possible about its inability to make phone calls in New York, one of AT&T's more notoriously oversubscribed areas. It's worth watching:

As a former AT&T sufferer, I can relate. One of the reasons I quit AT&T was because I wanted a phone that actually makes phone calls. But I've never been all that keen about getting locked into the Apple ecosystem, either. It's kind of like joining a cult; once you're in, it's really hard to get out. (Also, they tell you what you can wear, how to hold things, and when you can go to the bathroom.) So I went with an Android phone from Motorola.

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