Saturday Night Live ridicules AT&T iPhone call reliability

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Over the weekend, Seth Myers’ made a joke about the iPhone’s inability to actually place a call thanks to AT&T’s shoddy service during “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live. The joke was terrible, but as terrible as it was, the entire audience immediately burst into hysterical laughter: they all knew what he was talking about.

See this, Apple? This is the moment when the unreliability of your choice of exclusive US iPhone carrier stops being merely the fodder for the complaints of mouth-breathing tech nerds like me, and evolves into a joke so mainstream that Saturday Night Live — a “comedy” show so old and dusty it could have been belched out of the womb of Bea Arthur — manages to get a chuckle from my grandmother out of it. And she doesn’t even own a cell phone.

Heck, just check out the look on Seth Myers’ face when he delivers the line. He works for Saturday Night Live, the most facile and dim-witted comedy show in the country, and he’s embarrassed by the obviousness of the gag. It’s like someone just handed him a knock-knock joke to read on the air. He actually rolls his eyes after he tells it.

Apple, this has gone far enough. The iPhone — the best and most popular phone on the market — is now a punchline, thanks to AT&T’s consistent failure to get its network together. Drop this turd. Offer the iPhone on any US network that can handle it.

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