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

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



1. Imallvol7

Posts: 5; Member since: May 22, 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.

11. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009


25. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 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

31. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 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.

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...

39. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 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?

43. Chromemember

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 08, 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*.

44. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 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!

49. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 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 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.

56. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 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

58. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

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

60. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

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

63. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 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.

69. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

85. awarriorscry

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 29, 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!

86. awarriorscry

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 29, 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!

96. cammian

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 15, 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

97. Big Red

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

101. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

103. fairisfair

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 31, 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.

106. cammian

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 15, 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!!!!!!

2. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009


3. lolipopjones

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 21, 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...

23. cooter1979

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 28, 2009

Your a fucking idiot...thats all.

29. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009


62. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

90. Jessica98664

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 15, 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.

4. Homotechual

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

7. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 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).

10. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Everywhere Verizon works Sprint does too, no roaming fees either

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