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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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By bighairycamel on 10/6/2009 4:02:16 PM , Rating: 1
I can't speak for Verizon, but the AT&T map is totally bunk. I live in rural Indiana and 3g is available everywhere I have been. Looking at the map, Verizon claims 3g is only available in a few small areas in Indiana which is completely untrue. The map must be outdated or a blatant falsification.

RE: Map
By darkhawk1980 on 10/7/2009 6:20:30 AM , Rating: 3
Hate to tell ya bub, but that map is actually rather close to what AT&T advertises on their own wireless website....

Take a look. Bear in mind, in order to view 3G, you can't be zoomed all the way out, you need to be on the 2nd to last zoom setting and then you can view their 3G coverage. It's pretty abyssal compared to Verizon's. Even what Verizon has on their website matches the AT&T wireless website...

So to even begin to say the map is outdated, would mean that AT&T isn't updating their website if it is outdated. Seems kinda strange to me if it's true.

RE: Map
By Chaser on 10/7/2009 3:31:40 PM , Rating: 1
Lets see. He lives there and states his personal experience as a resident of the area with AT&T is far better than what the map(s) shows.

Do you live there too? So your point is?

RE: Map
By Chaser on 10/7/2009 3:41:48 PM , Rating: 2
Another point. I live in the state of Kentucky which is, more than likely, even more remote in terms of coverage than most of Indiana. The blurry map that is posted here for AT&T doesn't even come close to the fast 3G coverage I get in both states and I travel extensively through both.

So as "strange" as it may look wherever this chart came from it's not even close to accurate.

RE: Map
By Shining Arcanine on 10/8/2009 8:40:30 AM , Rating: 2
Is it possible that he is mistaking 2G for 3G? Having no 3G coverage does not mean you do not have service.

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