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T-Mobile ad attacks AT&T for having slow pipes

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T-Mobile ad attacks AT&T for having slow pipes
T-Mobile has been using AT&T as a whipping boy in the carrier's new ads. You might have seen the Frankenstein monster spot or the commercial with the man encased in ice. Now T-Mobile has produced a commercial that shows a visual representation of a carrier's network that is sure to stick in the mind of Apple iPhone 5 users, who are the target of the ad.

The spot shows two large pipes. One, labeled with the T-Mobile insignia, is gushing out a magenta colored substance that represents data. The other pipe shows a blue liquid barely trickling out while the voice over announcer talks about overcrowded networks slowing down the delivery of data. The bottom line? T-Mobile says that its network offers 50% more bandwidth than other carriers, allowing data to flow freely through its pipeline, allowing the Apple iPhone 5 to be used with its full potential. And while AT&T is not mentioned by name, there is no mistaking T-Mobile's choice of using a blue color for the slow moving data dripping out of the other pipe.

We bet you will never look at your toilet in the same way.

source: T-Mobile via TmoNews

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posted on 07 May 2013, 16:16 4

37. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

The "fastest" network and a 5GB max usage. I would rather have 3g and unlimited then 5gb 4g.

posted on 07 May 2013, 13:45 15

8. Note2waitingonNote3 (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

At&t is useless with it's crappy data plans and poor ability to update handsets. They are just as useless as Verizon. Tmobile rules period.

posted on 07 May 2013, 13:14 12

1. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

T-Mobile has horrible coverage and lacks LTE. Maybe at&t should put them out of their misery.

posted on 07 May 2013, 13:30 7

4. disneydad (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)

Simmer down now....

posted on 07 May 2013, 16:12 6

36. darkkjedii (Posts: 23598; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

AT&T was recently recognized for updating devices the fastest, and how are they useless when there the #2 largest carrier. They also have home service, and world service. Yeah they're pretty useless dude.

posted on 07 May 2013, 16:26 2

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 23598; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Ok that's your choice, I'm not a data hog so the "6" I get lasts me. I have wifi at home, and at work I get only enough time to chime in on Pa...which uses very little data.

posted on 07 May 2013, 17:20 4

46. papss (unregistered)

agreed... no thank you I'll pay for WAY better service that I don't roam when out of my small dot service area... TMob is a joke

posted on 07 May 2013, 17:50 3

49. darkkjedii (Posts: 23598; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

+1 papss

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:21 7

56. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

T-Mobile is not a joke. Just because you've had bad experiences with them doesn't mean everyone has. Here in Chicago, I at least get 15mbps and on average 22-24mbps. I've seen T-Mobile's LTE speeds and they're by far the fastest. Now the argument of it being "new" is valid, but statement still stands.

And to also note, there's areas in Chicago where the speeds are at 1-4mbps with AT&T, which is nothing to brag about.

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:30 1

58. papss (unregistered)

I stand by my statement...overall service is bad, maybe not in some areas but bad as a whole

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:37 2

60. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

In your opinion. But I've traveled to a great amount of locations and can safely say T-Mobile is one hell of a phone company.

posted on 07 May 2013, 21:04 2

65. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

You must not travel very far. I travel all over the Midwest and T-Mobile coverage is horrible outside of major cities. I have co-workers that say once they leave big cities there phones roll to Edge or every no service. I have AT&T and they continue to improve their network in the Midwest. They continue to remove Edge markets. I also have a Verizon MiFi spot which many times is not any better coverage than AT&T. I had T-Mobile which was good in Minnesota but slow that coverage has gone to garbage. They had a tower go down by house and refused to fix it. I went from 3G to No Service over night.

posted on 09 May 2013, 07:59

70. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

I agree. I this were true I wouldn't mind but T-Mobile is consistently the slowest network now that Sprint has LTE in many markets and expanding rapidly. Not to mention lack of coverage which leaves you on EDGE in many areas just outside of city limits.

posted on 07 May 2013, 13:17 11

2. Droiddoes (unregistered)

LMAO who the f*ck are they trying to fool? Wish they HAD named AT&T so they get sued for slander and false advertising, because that is simply not true. TMO is, always has been, and always will be a f*cking JOKE.

posted on 07 May 2013, 13:32 8

5. disneydad (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)

Bring it down a notch junior..... Is ATT giving you free service or providing free inrastructure to developing countries? No need to get too excited over what companies put in their advertising.

posted on 07 May 2013, 13:43 3

7. drazyw (unregistered)

Oh i dunno. Having both AT&T and Tmobile at the moment, All over the Norhern VA area, testing data speeds, Tmobile is killing AT&T in performance. At my house, both get excellent signal on their HSPA+ (4g) frequencies and AT&T on the best day can get 4Mb/s down where Tmo is up at 13Mb/s. I've never seen Tmo drop below 6Mb/s where the AT&T has dropped under 1Mb/s during peak times. This holds true everywhere I go. And yes, I do carry both phones around. Tmo doesn't have near the coverage as AT&T once you get west of Manassass VA though. But as far as I can see, Tmo blows the doors off AT&T given equal coverage. Too many users per cell and overloaded backhauls. Tmo would be the same if they had the same number of users. They just reap the benefits of being smaller.

posted on 07 May 2013, 13:48 4

11. Note2waitingonNote3 (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

You sound like the typical SHILL of a At&t customer. They definitely got you twisted or on meds. Keep your crappy useless data plans and monthly overpriced bills and piss poor updates. At@t sucks rotten eggs.

posted on 07 May 2013, 13:59

14. mrfamous1 (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)

At&T has more towers than any other company which equals more ppl and better service everywhere!!! At&t have LTE and Tmobile is still running HSPA+(3G and a half) that is not true 4G. So this commercial is false!!! TMobile can't compete so they ATTACK the ppl that is doing good!

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:03 1

15. Droiddoes (unregistered)

Actually yes, smartass, AT&T DOES give me free unlimited everything with full LTE no throttling. And their speeds absolutely DOMINATE my old TMO 4G phone.
AT&T gives the most value for your dollar with rollover minutes and free m2m calling on ANY network. No one else does that. Additionally, AT&T is almost always the first to get new devices such as the GS3 they got earlier than LOLSprint, TMO or VZN.

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:05 1

16. Droiddoes (unregistered)

We'll see if your statement is true once TMO actually gets
1)LTE devices
2) LTE in more than what, 4 markets? Once they have as many people on their LTE network as AT&T we'll see whio is better.
SPOILER: it will be AT&T

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:06

18. JunitoNH (Posts: 1931; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Glad to hear someone gets coverage inside their house; as for me, have to walk outside of the structure, just to get 2g service. By the way, don't live in the sticks, every carrier is represented in my area.

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:17 10

19. godinruin (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

LOL no we don't. You sound like a store rep...and we don't even give our store reps free anything. And we still throttle and 3GB and 5GB depending on if you have a 3G or 4G device. Let's be honest, every carrier is great depending on who you are and where you are. If you like to save money and don't move around a bunch, get Cricket. If you like LTE and don't want to be throttled on 4G Unlimited plans, get Verizon, if you want the newest phone sooner, go with AT&T.

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:23 1

21. drazyw (unregistered)

Sorry, I'm looking at my phone right now. I have LTE on Tmobile and LTE on AT&T. (HTC one vs Nokia 920) True 4g. AT&T currently speedtesting at 15Mb/s down and Tmo at 23Mb/s down. Thats the LTE you say they don't have.
Anyway, more towers does not = more bandwidth. Which is what the comercial is tageting here. If their backhaul can't handle the number of users, you will see a reduciton in your speeds. I love AT&T for their coverage, I love Tmobile for their speed. Oh, and I have no cap on my data on my Tmo account. No throttling either. 5GB/month on my AT&T. Tmo is 30 bucks cheaper as well.

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:29 2

22. Droiddoes (unregistered)

Fascinating. Please, tell me more about the plan I've had for almost two years now since you obviously know more about it than I do. Which is really strange since I have yet to recieve a bill, and every time I do a speed test I'm consistently on 4g LTE speeds. And I've dl'd 30 GB in a month a few times.

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:52 2

25. drazyw (unregistered)

They stoped selling the unlimited plans in 2010 so no one can get that anymore if they are looking for new service.

posted on 07 May 2013, 17:37

48. Droiddoes (unregistered)

I could, but since this is a TMO vs AT&T debate it is irrelevant. Do try to keep up.

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:53 8

26. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

AT&T absolutely does not give free anything even to it's employees. 2 years isn't long enough to have a grandfathered data plan. I call troll.

posted on 07 May 2013, 15:21 5

27. tedkord (Posts: 13234; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

You (or someone else) don't pay for your plan?

posted on 07 May 2013, 15:34 5

29. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

CDMA towers are far more abundant in the US, than GSM towers. Noob.

As for LTE, AT&T is still playing catch-up with VZW.

Go troll somwhere else.

posted on 07 May 2013, 15:36

30. Droiddoes (unregistered)

That's nice. Couple things:
1) Never said I work directly for AT&T
2) That's awful nice of them tonot shut mine off after not paying my bill (which I don't have) for over 1.5 years
3) Lrn2Provisional account

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