A document obtained by GearLive, which's confirmed as an internal Best Buy playbook, details how the company is instructing employees to deal with questions about the Verizon iPhone.
Specifically, they're to use the following argument:
Verizon's entire presence at CES last week was focused on one thing and one thing alone: 4G. Its LTE network is now live in 38 markets and a flurry of 4G phones will launch in the coming months. But the iPhone… the smartphone millions of Verizon Wireless subscribers have been dying for… is a 3G device.
We knew Verizon's iPhone 4 would be a CDMA phone for a number of reasons, but 3G is so 2010. Sprint launched its first 4G phone with minimal WiMAX coverage and it ended up being the fastest-selling phone in the carrier's history. Now, we won't see a 4G iPhone from Verizon until 2012. That means while millions of Android phones are surfing Verizon's 4G airwaves later this year, iPhones will still be puttering along at EVDO speeds.
Post updated to remove a reference to FaceTime over 3G, which'll not be available on Verizon's iPhone 4.
Here's AT&T's Verizon iPhone defense:
We've similarly heard from AT&T employees, even those who're not involved in customer-facing positions, who've received "talking points" from the company about why the iPhone on AT&T is better than the Verizon iPhone. Among the key talking points being highlighted by AT&T: network speed (memo claims 35% faster than Verizon on average nationally), ability to talk and surf simultaneously (memo claims one-third of customers use it daily), global network coverage, and Wi-Fi hotspots.
The memo goes on to note that AT&T is proud to have partnered with Apple over the last three and a half years on a ground-breaking device and that it continues to be on "great terms" with Apple. Finally, AT&T points to the fact that two-thirds of its iPhone users were already AT&T customers to begin with, and 80% of iPhone subscribers are on family or business plans, which make it more difficult to switch carriers.
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