Verizon and AT&T shake hands, agree to stop suing each other

Verizon and AT&T shake hands, agree to stop suing each other
According to the Business Insider, AT&T and Verizon have smoked the peace pipe and both agreed to refrain from suing the other. Verizon had instigated the recent events with a series of ads that took the iPhone's "There's an app for that" and turned it into "There's a map for that" comparing Verizon's 5 times more widespread 3G coverage than AT&T's coverage. AT&T sued complaining that the map made it appear that they offered no coverage at all in the non 3G locations. Verizon put subtitles on the spots explaining that AT&T offered EDGE and other services in areas where there was no 3G coverage. Then came the Verizon attack on the iPhone with the "Island of Misfit Toys" and the DROID DOES ads and before you can say Wedding Crashers, Owen Wilson's brother was recruited by AT&T to fight back by talking about rollover minutes. Apple entered the battle by coming up with two ads that showed how a GSM handset like the iPhone can allow you to talk and do data at the same time, unlike the CDMA models sold by Verizon (unless you are on Wi-Fi). So all of the legal activity has been stopped and this could be the start of a wonderful friendship. At least until the next ad is aired.

source: BusinessInsider via BGR

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21 Comments

17. CODYPHOBIA

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 21, 2008

Truce or not.....the damage has been done.

15. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Verizon better be scared of AT&T. . .the Godfather is gonna go Mitch-A-Pooloza on "Can You Hear Me Now Guy" Dean Pritchard's ass. . .I guarantee it, Beanie will give you the keys to the store if I'm wrong. All we are is dust in the wind baby. . .AT&T fastest 3G Network, serving 98% of the US Population. . . "You're my boy Blue!!" LOL, JK

18. CODYPHOBIA

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 21, 2008

Im hoping the JK was relevant to your entire post as AT&T's lame efforts to combat advertising was a joke. If Verizon agreed to a truce there is probably a reason behind it and it has NOTHING to do with AT&T. In my experience in the past VZW has always played the nice guy staying away from bashing competitors, it could have been because they didnt have the line up to back them, or because they didnt want that image.... But it is nice to see that it ruffled feathers because when companies compete, the only winners are the consumers (me and you)

10. Techfan13

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

I can guarantee that Verizon isn't done. They aren't scared one bit of what AT&T has to say. As long as AT&T has their comebacks, Verizon wont back down.

9. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

AT&T already lost one round and they were likely to lose the next round as well on Dec. 12, so it only made sense for them to stop wasting time and money and giving tons of free publicity to the ads at Verizon's benefit. Verizon's lawsuit against AT&T in July was even more ridiculous (asking the federal courts to officially declare Verizon to have the most reliable 3G wireless network in the U.S.) so its good they're burying the hatchet on this one. Also, with the new Consumer Reports being released today that shows AT&T in dead last place for customer satisfaction and Verizon in first place, AT&T really has nowhere to go on this.

12. deago78

Posts: 172; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Thank you for an intelligent and legitimate comment.

14. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

What happens on Dec. 12th?

8. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

at&t is a fat liar. there is no coverage in bozeman montana. im in butte, an hour away. besides the fact that anyone with at&t who goes there has just a piece of metal in their hands, we dont have an at&t in montana. merry christmas :)

13. Hlorri

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2008

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't AT&T have roaming agreements with other GSM carriers in that area? E.g. Cellular One? 'Course they also claim international coverage, by virtue of using GSM technology, though that, too, is a truth with some caveats (e.g. frequencies/handset support, roaming costs, etc).

16. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

AT&T has roaming agreements, but if you only use the towers from roaming partners, you'll be flagged as someone who never actually uses AT&T towers, and AT&T has to pay that company. Thus, you're paying AT&T $150/month, and they're paying Montana Wireless or whoever like $3,000/month just for your services. They stop you pretty fast on stuff like that. It's the same with all wireless carriers.

7. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

This aint over.... Its never over

6. savtonam

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

Top two companies just stop just like that, I say it was just publicity before the holidays.

5. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

why don't iPhone stay with AT&T forever.

11. deago78

Posts: 172; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

That wasn't even a complete sentence...

3. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Wow....

2. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

That would've been rad if Qualcomm and Nokia could have done this years ago too... Suing battles are always fun.

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i wonder how long the peace with last.

4. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Until AT&T gets offended for no reason again.

19. nosense

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

The only reason why verizon has decided to take down their add is because they have just found out the Apple is testing a cdma Iphone, and they know that after all the stuff they said about th iphone not at&t will hurt their chances of getting the Iphone. Now they are going to start kissing up to Apple so they can have first dibs, They dont care about at&t or their adds. After they were talking crap about the Iphone and from from learning that there is a cdma iphone being tested of course they are going to retract their adds. Its funny how Verizon is acting like the self indulged middle child that has over heard their parents talking about what they will give their best behaved kid for christmas if they behave good.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

u think verizon just "learned" that apple is testing a cdma iphone?!?!? lol. what, were they going to suprize verizon with it for christmas? what an idget.. lol verizon keeps suing ATT for their misleading "fastest this, most reliable that, best coverage" lies. ATT keeps suing .. well.. because VZW keeps making effective adds that point out ATTs weakspots. There has been CDMA iphone rumors in the works for a long time... its not a "suprise to VZW". And they also dont care. if its not on their lineup they will happily go after it until it is.

21. nosense

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Rumors are rumors, now that it has become a reality and it is no longer rumor which they knowis true, verizon would bend over backwards to get that phone, Verizon is nothing but a company that will do everything and anything tog et their way. I am not saying they just learned but now that it is getting closer for it to be a reality they are going to try everything to please apple to get the phone.

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