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Map for That Slam  (Source: Engadget)
There is a map for that, and Verizon's is better

If there is one thing that is true about the wireless industry, it is that each of the major companies tries to claim that it is the best, biggest, or most popular in some aspect. It's not rare to see some of the big companies like AT&T and Verizon claiming virtually identical things about their networks.

This leads to  some interesting commercials at times and one of the latest is Verizon Wireless taking a swipe at AT&T over its overused "There's an app for that" tagline. The commercial shows an AT&T user and a Verizon user walking and using navigation presumably. The map above the AT&T users head shows the coverage of the AT&T 3G network and the map over the Verizon user's head shows the 3G coverage area for Verizon. Verizon then proceeds to poke at AT&T's inferior 3G coverage saying “There's a map for that”.

It goes without saying that the Verizon 3G overage area is much larger if the claims are to be believed. I can believe the AT&T network is smaller, 3G coverage is notoriously shoddy with AT&T, and any iPhone user can tell you that 3G signals come and go frequently. This is one of the most humorous commercials for a mobile provider that I have seen since Alltel was doing those spots with that fat kid. A response from AT&T has to be coming soon.



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Doesn't surprise me
By Bateluer on 10/6/2009 9:53:18 AM , Rating: 1
I've been a Verizon customer since 2004, but its a minor irritation that their choice of smartphones is so lackluster compared to other carriers.




RE: Doesn't surprise me
By AlexWade on 10/6/2009 11:36:38 AM , Rating: 2
I would think the irritation would be the higher prices and crippled phones. That is the only thing keeping me from Verizon. I have AT&T, and their 3G is pitiful on a good day. But AT&T/Cingular lets me get a way with a ton of junk. I have a family plan with my brother and his wife who have lived in a different state for 4 years. That saves a ton of money. If I could get a great rate plan, a non-crippled phone, and get by with the stuff I get by with on AT&T, I would have switch 5 days ago.


RE: Doesn't surprise me
By Screwballl on 10/9/2009 3:21:58 PM , Rating: 2
I do the same thing on my parents plan under Verizon... I am in my 30s, live 2000 miles away and never had any problems... I have a FL number and they have their SD number. Saves at least $30-40 per month.


RE: Doesn't surprise me
By alphadog on 10/6/2009 12:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. They aren't as flexible as AT&T. For our small business, they simply din't have anything suitable plan or phone-wise a year ago, which is why we ended up with AT&T. Phone coverage isn't the only factor...


RE: Doesn't surprise me
By alphadog on 10/6/2009 1:04:53 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. They aren't as flexible as AT&T. For our small business, they simply didn't have anything suitable plan or phone-wise a year ago, which is why we ended up with AT&T. Phone coverage isn't the only factor...


RE: Doesn't surprise me
By noirsoft on 10/6/2009 5:32:07 PM , Rating: 2
I jumped from Verizon to AT&T since the latter was the first out with an HTC Touch Pro device. I've regretted it due to the number of times I've had bad connections. I will probably jump back to Verizon when my 2 years is up, since there should be a good seletion of WinMo 7 devices out by then.


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