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AT&T responds to Verizon attack ads

In an unusual move, AT&T has issued an official response to Verizon’s recent attack ads, which led the iPhone carrier to file a lawsuit against Verizon last week. “As the U.S. market leader in wireless data service, we typically don’t respond to competitors’ advertising. However, some recent ads from Verizon are so blatantly false and misleading, that we want to set the record straight about AT&T’s wireless data coverage,” the response states. “AT&T’s wireless data coverage reaches 303 million people – or 97% of the U.S. population, where they live and work…. 233 million people or 75% of the population are covered by AT&T’s 3G network, the nation’s fastest. 301 million people or more than 96% of the population are covered by EDGE. AT&T is the #1 network for smartphones, with twice the number of smartphone customers than Verizon, our closest competitor.” The response goes on to note that AT&T smartphone customers—or more specifically, iPhone customers—have access to over 100,000 applications, are able to use both voice and data services simultaneously, and have access to “the nation’s fastest 3G network.”

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I had Cingular for 5 years as a work phone. After I left, I was forced to get Verizon because joining a family plan was cheaper. To me, there is NO question, Verizon coverage is lacking when compared to Cingular. My latest example is that while on a fishing trip at Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee, I had 0 coverage for 4 days, and yet on Verizons coverage map, the area I was at was bright red. Im not even talking about internet access or anything like that-Im just talking about my ability to make phone calls, and I had none. I live in Indianapolis, and maybe its a spot where there is a coverage difference, but with Verizon I spend fully half of my day with no “bars” of coverage with Verizon, while I DID have coverage with Cingular. I don’t have an agenda-I think that both companies lie equally about their “great” coverage, but if I had the choice, I would have left my Verizon phone at the bottom of Reelfoot Lake.

Posted by Ryan Kirsch on March 12, 2010 at 9:30 PM (PDT)

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