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Touts Better Business Bureau "A" rating

Yesterday, Consumer Reports released the results of a wireless carrier customer satisfaction survey that was not too favorable for AT&T. In fact, the nation's second-largest carrier ranked dead last, and was the only carrier to drop significantly in score.

Today, AT&T is on the offensive, countering the CR survey with a press release touting the carrier's "A" rating with the Better Business Bureau.

According to AT&T, the company has logged the fewest number of complaints and has the lowest complaint rate with the BBB out of the four major wireless carriers. AT&T has even put together another color-coded graph, similar to the one provided in its "fastest-network" claim, which charts the results without calling out any of the other carriers by name.

AT&T says that wireless customers log more complaints with the various BBB's each year than any other entity, including the Federal Communications Commission. Thus, the argument goes, having a complaint rate that is 34% lower than the nearest competitor (Verizon) means that AT&T's services are better. 

When doling out scores, the BBB evaluates companies based on 17 categories which include accreditation (which AT&T has and pays for), how the company responds to consumer concerns, complaint history, and "the truthfulness of its advertising claims."

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RE: Consumer Reports
By theapparition on 12/8/2010 10:28:45 AM , Rating: 2
Consumer Reports actually does decent product reviews for most catagories........other than cars. I'd agree, I'd never trust a single review that they do on anything automotive related. Thier test methodology is severely flawed. Like using force gagues to show which door is easier to close, and which model has the most cupholders.

Also, don't particuarly like thier vaccuum cleaner reviews. None do a particuarly thorough review with pet hair.

However, if you want to know what blender does the best job of crushing ice or which string trimmer works best, they do a pretty fair job.

RE: Consumer Reports
By Solandri on 12/8/2010 1:31:37 PM , Rating: 2
The force gauges for closing doors is an interesting one. Most car enthusiasts are guys and don't care about that. But half of all car buyers are women, and a significant number of women do complain about doors which are too heavy to close easily.

Like I said below, CR tries to tailor their reviews for the average person, not the enthusiast. So they will make a big deal over simple things which matter more to regular people, like force needed to close a door, or number of cupholders (can be a problem if you have more kids than cupholders, and it's not a spec that's normally listed in car sales brochures).

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