Over the weekend, Verizon and Motorola launched a new advertising campaign that directly attacks the iPhone. The music in the commercial could easily be mistaken for an Apple campaign and then scrolls a list that basically attacks the iPhone. “iDon’t have a real keyboard” and others read like a bullet list for Verizon sales reps who have been dealing with customers leaving for the iPhone. The campaign itself has created some buzz and Motorola’s Droid that will be available on Verizon certainly appears to be the best Android phone to date and possibly a phone that might generate some interest. I’m certainly looking forward to test drive it. In addition to the commercials that are running, we’re thinking someone related to this anti-iPhone campaign might be involved in generating fake buzz or as it’s called astroturfing.
Our iPhone forums often include discussion of other phones and it’s certainly encouraged. For Apple to continue innovating, they need the pressures of real competition. Innovation doesn’t start and end in Cupertino. We do however frown upon posts that are disingenuous. Every now and again, these will show up in the form of an accessory or developer who pose as an end user. This practice is even worse when it’s done by someone on behalf of a manufacturer or wireless carrier. Now, we don’t have any solid proof, so we’ll leave up to you our readers. We just found it odd to see this post regarding DroidDoes showing up both in our forums and in Apple’s forums. Advocate of Android or fake buzz? What say you?