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New AT&T ad says that the DROID is a dumbphone

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New AT&T ad says that the DROID is a dumbphone
Could it be that AT&T is finally feeling the heat from the DROID? In a commercial that is a take-off of those instant coffee spots (We've replaced the Coffee here at LeJerq with Folger's crystals), AT&T sends Luke Wilson to what appears to be an expensive restaurant where AT&T smartphones  have been replaced with Verizon smartphones. You can see the back of the DROID as one lady cries out in anguish, "Where is my cool phone?" and another person holding what looks like the BlackBerry Storm is wondering where all the apps are at. A gentleman is bemoaning the time it takes for a download to finish. Luke's comment? "Don't dumbdown your smartphone". Ok Big Red, the ball is in your court as this battle between AT&T and Verizon has now reached a new level of nastiness.

source: YouTube via TheiPhoneBlog

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. Imallvol7 (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 May 2009)

At least Verizon's comments are based on facts, lol. ATT's commercials are just dumb. They manipulate subjective material to make it sound objective. Verizon doesn't have apps? Doesn't have cool phones? The internet is slow? Hahaha. Verizon shows a side by side map that you can't dispute.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 07:06

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posted on 29 Jan 2010, 08:53

25. testman22 (Posts: 338; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)

Totally agree- but the sad part is that the masses don't know any better so they'll continue to be manipulated by ATT

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 09:49

31. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)

I totally get what you're saying, but uhm, you're being a bit naive aren't you? That's the point of commercials, they're suppose to pursuade dumb kids into buying into a product.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 10:00

36. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

Dude, in watching this, all I could think is, "Why would you do that?" You are basically attacking a phone manufacturer and an OS maker. Google is in charge of the OS and the Apps that are missing. You call the Droid uncool...and it's made by Motorola. The one thing Verizon did was attack AT&T. They didn't talk dirty about the iPhone itself, but the service it was under. Fine. Motorola attacked Apple because they are both manufacturer...that's fine. But AT&T jabbing at Motorola and Google is just dumb, especially since they have to have a relationship with them. And yes, it is dumb. I am an AT&T customer and I like my service, but I am tired of hearing "You can talk and surf at the same time" or "We have more apps" or "We have cool phones." YOU ARE A SERVICE PROVIDER! I don't want my phone company focusing on Apps or Cool Phones. I want great service because that's what I pay YOU for. I can get a cool unlocked phone at any time. And seriously...when was the last time surfing and talking was absolutely necessary? I've never had an instance. And even if folks do, I'm so sure it's not very often. If AT&T wants a good commercial, show the coverage map with EDGE and say here's our real map, but lets go bigger. Expand to a picture of the world and show international coverage compared to Verizon. Sure, not everyone travels internationally, but it says that AT&T has it covered...

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 10:19

39. jundibasam (Posts: 119; Member since: 05 Aug 2009)

I completely agree that these commercials are pointless. AT&T won't put up their own coverage comparisons or maps or say other facts like #1 in customer service, best quality network, fewest dropped calls, etc. because they can't. Verizon beats them in the customer service and network coverage, Sprint and Tmob beat them in pricing. AT&T really has nothing to offer except the iphone, which is a great marketing device, but an average phone when you judge it on the specs. Sure they tell you they have the largest Smartphone users and most apps, but what they don't tell you that its only 1 device. Notice also how they have quietly done aware with their "more bars in more places" ads?

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 10:46

43. Chromemember (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)

They didn't talk dirty about the iPhone? Wasn't the iPhone banished to the island of naughty toys? Isn't the Droid's slogan "In a world that doesn't Droid does"? Verizon very much misleads people with their 3G coverage maps & commercials. They fail to mention that in most of those areas where they have *3G* our Edge data network also covers those same areas and has faster internet speeds than their *3G*.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 10:53

44. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Just keep telling yourself that ATT EDGE is faster than VZWs EVDO. Maybe one of those times it will actually come true, but I doubt it. Also, the great "talk and surf" aspect of the almighty ATT is lost in EDGE. I love how ATT fans come out and say "but we have DO have coverage"; like EDGE is anything to be excited about. Give me a break!

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 11:19

49. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

You obviously don't know tech. Edge is ALOT slower than Verizon's 3G. I've had both Verizon and AT&T (left AT&T cuz they sucked) and I know from experience that Edge is slow and that AT&T's 3G is spotty. I know most people's 2 cents is based on opinion but I have experience. Verizon has the largest 3G network...how much proof is needed for everyone? Don't drink the orange koolaid! I wish AT&T would loose the iPhone exclusivity, so people's eyes will be opened.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 11:50

56. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

You're the coolest, and probably the smartest AT&T customer I've seen on here. You obviously didn't drink the iPhone koolaid. I give you +1 for this post. AT&T needs people like you, who has logic, not smoke and mirrors. If AT&T would put their money into their network instead of paying Luke Wilson compensation money for ruining his reputation, then they wouldn't look so stupid. AT&T wants to say they have the best toys and that you can talk and surf (3G only) at the same time. Verizon concentrates on the NETWORK, which is what makes everything work anyway. JeffdaBeat FTW

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 12:00

58. cansler (Posts: 136; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)

Please tell me how you type the accented 'e' in touche. I can never remember.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 12:07

60. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)

I can't say I've ever seen a posting with so many "+1" before.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 12:11

63. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

I don't know how he did it but if you have Windows: click Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, then Character Map. There is a huge list of stuff there.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 12:38

69. omarc26 (Posts: 360; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

i am 26 years old and that is the MOST STUPID COMMERCIAL I HAVE ever seen in my life..

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 16:40

85. awarriorscry (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)

Verizon Wireless actually covers more places internationally than AT&T, between the fact that some of VZW's phones are both GSM and CDMA, look up their international coverage maps. Aside from that, International Coverage is not owned by either AT&T or Verizon Wireless, there are roaming agreements. I for one think the iPhone is a great device, but I think it is shackled to a horrible network. I have personally sold several people the Droid that had an iPhone, and they like it better. As far as the OS, give Android a few years and I think it will be a far superior OS to anything else on the market!

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 16:42

86. awarriorscry (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)

Edge is Faster than EV-DO? haha that is pretty funny, considering 1xrtt is CDMA's version of EDGE. I get between 1.4-1.7 mbps on my Droid consistently!

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 19:48

96. cammian (Posts: 27; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)

you are corect cellgeek82 ....ATTs commercials are fucking stupid....they WOULD BE NOTHING if it wasnt for that iphone.....wait until verzon gets it just wait......they will loose millions of people....with all the shit they talk their commercials are fucking stupid,,,, im sorry but last time I checked id rather have coverage...and fyi the droid is not stupid its an awsome phone

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 21:05

97. Big Red (Posts: 101; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

I think the accusation that edge is anywhere NEAR EVDO is praposterous, but edge is still quite a bit faster that 1XRTT. Edge is right between 1XRTT and EVDO.

posted on 30 Jan 2010, 00:48

101. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)

Haha I think the commercials are stupid too. But so are verizons. I'm so glad that guy stopped popping up going "Can you hear me now? GOOD." He probably died, like Steve from Blues Clues :] And for those saying that AT&T wouldn't be anywhere if it didn't have the iPhone...The time before the iPhone came out, Verizon had the shittiest phones I'd ever seen. Actually, I think Sprint did, but Verizon was definitely next in line. Yea, people look at a service for their calling quality, but most of us fanboys on here are looking for the phones and you know it. We are on phone arena to talk crap about which phone is better, so all this CDMA & GSM fighting is repetitive and a waste of time.

posted on 30 Jan 2010, 12:52

103. fairisfair (Posts: 10; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)

Isn't AT&T getting Android based phones? Thought so. Don't they have Win Mo phones? Thought so. From a entertainment perspective, I think that the ad is creative, but most creative and funny ads never really advertise facts anyway. I would just like to hear the meeting between AT&T execs and Motorola/Android/WinMo execs once iPhone is on all carriers. Will AT&T come into meetings with just an apology or do they bring flowers to that meeting as well? if I were AT&T, I would save all that Luke Wilson money and put it into infrastructure and fix what ails them quickly.

posted on 01 Feb 2010, 00:10

106. cammian (Posts: 27; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)

wooooooowwwwww really ,,, you clearly are just talking out of your ass because you have no clue what the hell you are talking about.... Please do us all a favor and never ever talk again and do not write anything back either because you showed us all how dumb you really are. Atts edge is nothing in comparison to verizons 3g. You know something else too, I have a motorola droid and my old att rep for radio shack has a iphone 3gs, one day I was talking to him and I was curious about who's 3g really is faster, so I said let me do a mobile speed test on your phone and I will do one on mine, we both had full bars including 3g coverage on both phones. Guess what my droid had download speeds of 1012 kbits/s and his 3gs had 490 kbits/s ... So now I laugh at ATT when they say the nations fastest 3g network....cause I have done multiple speed tests in different places with the two carriers and verizon has one every time so nice try but NO!!!!!!

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 01:06

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posted on 29 Jan 2010, 01:11

3. lolipopjones (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Jun 2009)

Yeah Verizon shows a map of large swaths of the US that aren't even inhabited that have coverage and whats funny is its not even true itself. Do you even realize how many people are actually covered? No you don't... you probably would not even be able to identify where you live on a map...

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 08:52

23. cooter1979 (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Apr 2009)

Your a fucking idiot...thats all.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 09:39

29. Striker13084 (Posts: 128; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)


posted on 29 Jan 2010, 12:09

62. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)

I'm not 100% on this, but I believe the coverage is there even when our cell phone has no signal. The challenge is our cell phones have limited power antenna's. Onstar uses CDMA and has coverage almost everywhere thanks to a 3 watt antenna.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 17:34

90. Jessica98664 (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Jan 2010)

WOW I must agree you are very lame! Your probly a child with your first Phone or Your just the average layman who opens his mouth without knowing what their talking about. Lets start here. I'll break it down for you honey. Verizon has the largest 3g network (way fater then edge speed) Sprint actualy has the next largest 3g speed, then At&T WITH t-MOBILE coming up on the back end. This isn't stuff Verizon made up. It was a 3rd party test of all net works. Also the coverage map Verizon used in 1st commerical and now others was taken right off At&T'S website. If you go look at their site now they no longer have a map showing the 3g coverage. Instead they have a list of citties in its place. I as a sales rep know my job very well as most good sales rep do. I find it funny when people speak from the side of their mouth and have no clue what their saying.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 01:40

4. Homotechual (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)

ugh, I would never have Verizon or AT&T. It's all about T-mobile and if I HAD to switch from T-mobile my 2nd choice would be Sprint. Big Blue & Red are evil. It's just like Wal-mart Vs Target when it's about Costco, Or Playstation Vs Xbox when it's all about Nintendo! Underdogs ALWAYS rule.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 05:47

7. biggles (Posts: 222; Member since: 15 Oct 2009)

Sprint's coverage outside metro areas isn't that great and T-Mobile's is abysmal. I need someone that doesn't force my phone into paperweight mode when I travel or visit family. There's something to be said for getting the same level of service everywhere you get service when others are roaming on EDGE (and those data roaming fees are KILLER).

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 06:42

10. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)

Everywhere Verizon works Sprint does too, no roaming fees either

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 07:15

14. 203RichBoy (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)


posted on 29 Jan 2010, 07:16

15. mulda71 (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jun 2009)


posted on 29 Jan 2010, 07:49

19. gemini6991 (Posts: 24; Member since: 21 Sep 2009)

Not entirely accurate. I have been places in MD,VA where sprint didn't work but Verizon does. Sprint may not charge roaming fees, but they will call and tell you that you are roaming to much and they will cancel your account. Had a former Sprint customer come in to my store and tell me Sprint told him he was roaming on Verizon so much he is never on Sprint's network so he had 2 months to switch or they were going to cancel his account lol.. Sprint is just retarded lol

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 08:11

20. phoneguy (Posts: 192; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)

DonLouie, I work for Sprint, and I worked for Verizon, Sprint does not work everywhere Verizon does, if that were the case we would not be close to the predicament we are in, Verizon openly uses 850mghz in out lying areas where as Sprint has their phones set to only roam on 1900 mghz, this is where the diff is. The biggest problem is that Sprint phones are capable for 850 mghz they just dont want people using it due to higher roaming agreement costs with Verizon. So in theory yes this is true but in reality unfortunately we sometimes just don't get it. I am not a retail employee, I am a business employee so I see this problem more often since alot of companies we work with are national.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 16:47

87. awarriorscry (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)

there are no roaming fees with VZW unless you are on an old plan- or you travel internationally!

posted on 01 Feb 2010, 12:18

107. Mayday3420 (Posts: 61; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

You're an idiot donlouie, I used to work for vzw call center and I actually had one time a sprint customer call us and complain cause his sprint wouldn't work in an area where verizon had a great coverage. He wanted us to change our roaming agreement so he could use the phone there and get vzw coverage but pay sprint prices so he could work. Took everything I had not to laugh in at him. I simply said you get what you pay for and right now you're not paying for the best coverage so you're not going to get the best coverage.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 01:44

5. irvinkeith (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)

lol i love these commercials from att and vw, i've had att since 2004 and never had an issue and now i work for them (yay), can't wait to wat big red throws back at us...

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 16:50

88. awarriorscry (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)

AT&T has to throw a show that actually hurts first. AT&T's commercials aren't even in Verizon's league...

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 05:39

6. biggles (Posts: 222; Member since: 15 Oct 2009)

This reeks of desperation. LOL at AT&T. America's fastest 3G? No, that would be T-Mobile. America's best coverage? Nope, Verizon. Better bang for your buck? Nope, Sprint. Jeez, so what DO you bring to the table AT&T? Luke Wilson. Wow. Sad.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 06:06

8. WnnaFghtAboutIt (Posts: 149; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)

fat luke wilson at that

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 09:44

30. Striker13084 (Posts: 128; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)

and old

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 11:12

47. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

Duh, you can talk and surf at the same time, duhhh. Hehehe LAME! *Notice to AT&T customers: AT&T fails to mention that using voice and data simultaneously requires 3G coverage. There's a map for that.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 11:38

53. 203RichBoy (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)

Most at&t customers are in the 3g coverage area ass who the hell would buy a smartphone on att and live in an area without 3g coverage??? Thats common since ass. And verizon cant talk n surf at all!!! on 3g or ev or whatever the CDMA standard is. Go ahead and mention wifi but when your not at home or in a public library then what?

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 12:02

59. cooter1979 (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Apr 2009)

..............."And verizon cant talk n surf at all!!!".............Such a pathetic blow to VZW. I mean who really gives a f@#k that you cant talk and surf at the same time? When I'm on the internet and I get a phone call the internet page doesn't go anywhere. Its not like i cant finish my conversation and and just go back to browsing. If Im listening to pandora, it conveniently pauses for me. I mean wtf...who cares. Unless my buddy is on "Who wants to be a millionaire" and Im his "phone call" guy, I just dont give a sh!t. Pathetic AT@T fanboy. Your cell phone company sucks and their commercials are a joke.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 12:07

61. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

The only reason this whole thing about "talk and surf at the same time" came to light is because that's AT&T's only defense. If it weren't for that they'd just say... "We're the network with a blue ball." Most of my friends who have AT&T didn't even know you could talk and surf at the same time till I told them about it, and this was before the Verizon vs. AT&T battle started. See, very few care about talking and surfing.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 12:21

65. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)

Ok .. first .. I can see the claim to fame that AT&T allows you to talk and suft. I tether my Blackberry occasionally and so the feature COULD be useful. That said I have both VZW and AT&T, AT&T does NOT have 3G coverage everywhere I travel and when I'm on 3G coverage I've found Verizon has more consistent speed. You may find a small town somewhere that AT&T covers when Verizon doesn't, but you find a lot more area's that Verizon covers. As for the data, I only tether to my AT&T Blackberry when my MIFI is dead or I'm in one of those rare towns that it doesn't have coverage. Now 203RichBoy, I highly recommend an english class "Thats common since ass.", lets try "That's common sense...". Now for your statement about "who the hell would buy a smartphone on att and live in an area without 3g". People may purchase an AT&T smartphone and live just outside of town which doesn't offer 3g coverage or they could travel like myself.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 13:07

75. 203RichBoy (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)

i had my headphones in while i was talking to my girlfriend while posting that from my g1. on 3g. What are you some kind of grammer fanatic? Its not like im writing my dissertation its a damn post who the hell cares that an apostrophe was left out tight ass. I dont have AT&T and dont want the service and never said they had it everywhere. Especially where verizon doesnt have service.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 16:39

84. rhomaion (Posts: 187; Member since: 23 Sep 2009)

Usually people are complaining that they can't multi-task so the talk n surf is a valid argument but I totally agree AT&T is being stupid with their commercials. They should at least get half the 3G coverage that Verizon has to hold anything on Verizon.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 18:07

91. ohwhyfanboywhy (Posts: 37; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)

you know, for all this at&t bashing, i'm surprised how much closer we are in subscribers to verizon and so much farther away from tmo and sprint... by surprised i mean "how the does hell at&t have so many subscribers with the large anti-att base everywhere?" haha...

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 19:23

94. Hotzb22 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)

they buy out all the smaller companies

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 06:09

9. WnnaFghtAboutIt (Posts: 149; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)

vzw just needs to come out and say....at&t spent alot of money on commercials attacking download speeds and rollover minutes and places you can make calls from....but they still havent answered why their 3g coverage is barely 20% of ours? so if you want a phone company that cares about its customers being able to use its devices even when they arent at home....well you get the idea... so yes rollover is a great deal....and yes in the 5 markets where at&t has upgraded to hsdpa it is faster...but thats like saying on the weekends my dad lets me borrow his porshe, i have a nicer care than you...

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 11:36

52. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

This also equivalent to just staying home and using WiFi. At least you get fast speeds there. I like 3G coverage that goes from state to state, not town to town. VZW FTW

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 07:12

12. 203RichBoy (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)

They don't argue a Verizon map cause who cares? Verizon has coverage in places where they don't even have stores ie Butte, Montana. People there don't want Verizon or Att they want rural carries that offer cheap plans cause ain't nobody up there for them to talk too! INSTEAD OF WASTING TIME Building up dead zones like Mormon country when there is no potential customes focus is on upgrading its existing footprint for people that are actually going to use the service

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 07:19

17. mulda71 (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jun 2009)

so what, people in rural areas dont use cell phones? cell phones should work wherever you go or the carrier sucks. period.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 08:38

22. 203RichBoy (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)

Where ever I go? I dont go to Montana. So T-Mobile\ATT sucks cause we dont cover areas where there is no market? I didnt say they dont use cellphones ass i said they uses rural carriers like Alltel. Yes there is still a ALLTEL. or Qwest or Western Cellular or whatever the hell is out there. Idk cause i never plan on going to a armpit of a place like that and i'm pretty positive that you dont either.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 08:53

24. cjames (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)

Well I do live in western Montana and I service medical equipment, somtimes......in Butte. And Verizon has great coverage out here. Ive used Sprint, Alltel and Verizon out in MT. By far the best service Verizon.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 09:35

28. kid.wonderbread (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)

Who do you think owns Alltel? Dumbass.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 11:09

46. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

This has got to be the dumbest post by ANYONE that I have read on this site in a LONG TIME! Just, WOW! No wonder ATT sucks so bad, if it's this kind of person ATT has working for them!

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 11:24

50. nosense (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)

Alltel was acquiered by Verizon doesnt mean that it has same signal. so it is a legit statement.

posted on 29 Jan 2010, 11:44

54. 203RichBoy (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)

Exactly. Yes they merged but in certain places Verizon does not exist. Like Wells Fargo and Wachovia they have merged but there is still Wachovia ATMS and people still open Wachovia account. Damn ignorance is bliss I see

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