backtop


Print 20 comment(s) - last by Yawgm0th.. on Oct 19 at 2:25 AM


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.



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: GPRS?
By HrilL on 10/7/2009 6:27:23 PM , Rating: 2
GPRS is 2.5G and looking at the map I'd say it is pretty much right on the dot for my area of California. You can't get 3G once you go outside of any decent sized city. And the speeds are lackluster at best. If you're outside and have full bars of 3G service you're lucky to ever get faster than 1Mb/s and most of the time you'll only get 512Kb/s.

The iphone also doesn't like to work well when switching from one 3G network to the next. my old LG phone had the same issue now that I think about it. So Maybe that is actually a network problem.

At&t claims the fastest 3G network but I haven't seen anything close to the claimed speeds they have. Most I've ever managed to get was 1.4Mb/s and this was when they claimed 3.5Mb/s max now with 5.4Mb/s or are they even claiming 7.2Mb/s now sure but you still won't get more than 1.4Mb/s with full bars. I've tested this on a few different phones. 2 different LG phones an iphone.


"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton

Related Articles
















botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki