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AT&T's cellphone service is a joke

December 21, 2009: 6:09 AM ET

Laughter and applause greet a dig at the iPhone on Saturday Night Live

SNL's Seth Meyers. Image: NBC

You know you've got a public relations problem when you're a punchline on SNL's Weekend Update.

The host, Seth Meyers, doesn't make a lot of Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) and AT&T (T) jokes, but this one worked.

"It was reported this week that Google would soon launch its own cellphone as a challenge to the iPhone. Also a challenge to the iPhone? Making phone calls."

The audience -- presumably the usual mix of tourists and enough reception-challenged New Yorkers to appreciate the humor -- laughed and applauded.

Video clip below the fold.

UPDATE: The clip has been removed from YouTube by NBC Universal. But you can watch the whole episode below or on hulu.com. The joke begins at 37:20.

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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