AT&T memo responds to Verizon ads

The cellular version of the Hatfields and the McCoys are at it again as AT&T takes some shots at Verizon in a memo...
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24. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

I lament the fact that people are posting things they have no idea about. The lawsuit isn't about the validity or accuracy of the coverage maps at all. In fact, if you read the actual complaint AT&T filed, they say they have no quarel with the maps or the coverage itself (thus implicitely confirming Verizon's coverage superiority, imo). The beef AT&T has is that they feel Verizon is misleading the general public because the maps imply AT&T doesn't have coverage in the white areas. I think that is bogus too, and a corporate marketing attorney who specializes in false advertising litigation said on Fox Business that AT&T really has no merit and he believes it will be dismissed outright. The ads explicitely say 3G and data usage, but never mention anything about making phone calls. Really. So start reading what its actually about instead of spinning it and misleading others. As a former AT&T customer, its great to be able to surf the web and talk at the same time. I didn't do it often, but when I did, it was convenient. However, AT&T's coverage throughout the Southeastern U.S. (Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida) stinks and i'd rather have a stable, reliable service that I can use than to have a feature like simultaneous web browsing/voice calls that I can barely use either for by itself.

26. tuminatr

Posts: 1119; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

an announcement for all you att folks talking about voice and data at the same time its coming soon to a cdma network new you http://cdg.org/news/press/2009/Aug17_09.asp I understand this is a first quarter enhancement, and then the 3g map is even more relevant because att users can only do this in 3g coverage

29. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

I just think at&t is being a bunch of babies.. didn't they try to sue Verizon not too long ago saying Verizon saying they had the most reliable 3g network was invalid because their 3g was faster and by being faster it meant it was more reliable? Everything they are saying is hilarious because it's just the network that really doesn't care about their customers wants to cry their way back to the top.

31. lovebuzz

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 21, 2009

Um, too bad i CAN talk and go online at once, i do it all the time with the Samsung Omnia. AT&T is full of sh*t, they're squirming in their seats because now they can't hide behind their little stories anymore. Did you know that their "fastest network" is actually only the fastest in peak points? And rarely do any of the carriers actually hit their peak with service on a regular basis. So they are fastest at hitting the highest mark, but if Verizon or Sprint can't even hit that mark at a regular pace, what REALLY makes you think AT&T can? And their claim about 75% of the country having 3G? .... Come on, do i even have to say anything? We've all seen their maps, and it ain't pretty. There is little to no 3G, the vast majority of their network is still squatting on 2.5G, or EDGE as they call it. So yeah, say what you want but maps and snarky little commercials don't lie, AT&T does.

36. videobandit

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

i'm not an at&t fan at all, but they do not claim 75% of the country has 3g, they claim 75% of the population does. they are in fact correct due to much larger amounts of people living in cities.

32. johnolesen

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 17, 2009

..i can send emails / sms / mms all while calling...and with wifi on the phone, you can do anything while calling. AT&T is a one trick pony. the iPhone, that's it. Verizon just launched 4 handsets within a month-that by pure specs, trumps the iPhone on different levels. The Storm2, the HTC Imagio, the HTC DROID Eris, and the Motorola DROID. With the Omnia II coming out, Motorola Calgary, and HTC Passion all on the horizon, VZW smartphone ARMY is already looking better than AT&T's single line of defense.

33. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Comments on multiple cell phone websites confuse me. A lot of people talk about about the iPhone, but so many people want it to be on Verizon. Personally, I don't have a problem with AT&T and I love the service. Verizon is just going all out this year and it's just really starting to scare me actually. They seem to just be attack AT&T and are seem to be forgetting about Sprint and T-Mobile. Frankly, Verizon seems to forget that they had to buy out Alltel in order to get that 3G coverage. It's no different from AT&T buying Cingular, Sprint buying Nextel, and T-Mobile buying Suncom.

35. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Soooooo, if it's not different, doesn't that make your point moot? And that may be true for VZWs current network, but when VZW gets their national LTE coverage rolled out, that will be all them, as they won the VAST majority of 700Mhz spec, while ATT acquired by contrast a piddly chunk. Seems to me other LTE carriers are going to more than likely be paying VZW big chunks of cash to roam on VZWs more geographically superior network. That just means more money going into VZW that they can sink into their network like they already do, and therefore continue to provide a top quality network.
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