AT&T Sets the Record Straight on Verizon Ads

##ICON_NAME## AT&T recently released a letter to it’s customers addresses the latest Verizon Ads and their misrepresentation of AT&T’s coverage. Below is their letter.

AT&T Sets the Record Straight on Verizon Ads

To Our Customers:

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 key facts are:

AT&T’s wireless data coverage reaches 303 million people — or 97% of the U.S. population, where they live and work. Our data coverage consists of 3 different types of technology:

    * 3G. 233 million people or 75% of the population are covered by AT&T’s 3G network, the nation’s fastest.

    * EDGE. 301 million people or more than 96% of the population are covered by EDGE.
         o With both 3G and EDGE coverage, customers can access the Internet, send e-mail, surf the Web, stream music, download videos, send photos, text, talk and more. The only difference – with some data applications, 3G is faster than EDGE

    * GPRS. Covers 303 million people, allowing you to talk, text, e-mail and access basic websites optimized for wireless.

AT&T is the #1 network for smartphones, with twice the number of smartphone customers than Verizon, our closest competitor. Some of the reasons include:

Most popular smartphones. Unlike Verizon, AT&T offers the most popular smartphones in the industry.

More wireless apps. Unlike Verizon, AT&T customers have access to more than 100,000 applications, more than with any other wireless company.

Talk and E-mail at the same time. Unlike Verizon, AT&T’s 3G network lets wireless customers simultaneously talk and surf the web or do e-mail.

Fastest 3G in the nation. Unlike Verizon, AT&T has the nation’s fastest 3G network.

Thank you for allowing us to set the record straight. We appreciate your business and will continue to work hard to deliver the best wireless data experience in the industry.

Your AT&T Team

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  1. “…some recent ads from Verizon are so blatantly false…”

    They say 3G coverage, not data coverage. Try improving the network before defending it

    • The do say 3G when referencing AT&T’s coverage but when they reference their own 3G network, it includes their lower speed that compares to AT&T’s EDGE.

    • 3G defines the generation, not the speed.

      It is a bit misleading, but technically true.

  2. I would say att is misleading… The funny thing is the att 3g only map that verizon is using in their adds is the same coverage map that att used to show coverage.. I like how they base their coverage only off of population and not area covered like verizon.. So basically if you dont live and work in a major market like LA, Chicago or some other big city you dont count…

    • Good thing I don’t live in the middle of nowhere

    • Hmmm, if that so then my 3G shouldn’t even work at all in the state of SD where AT&T aren’t suppose to be available but it’s just the opposite since my 3G and Edge data plan works just fine when I visited this location.

      Checking and comparing this so called map between Verizon and AT&T, seems like it’s just about the same with Verizon just a few hair more giving the fact that Verizon arent really showing the right map in comparison. I believe it’s really about the devices that seperates this 2 company in which the iPhone really making a difference for Verizon to mock AT&T with the “We got a map for that” advertisements.

      Bottom line, Verizon should quit bragging about how big is their network and AT&T’s speed of it’s network as the consumers choice will pretty much varries in one’s own preferences especially when devices offer between AT&T and Verizon are another deal breaker other than it’s network. But regardless of this map advertisement, Verizon will never ply my hands off of my iPhone just yet.

  3. If the IPhone somehow makes it to Verizon, your hands will easily pry off that provider…That being said, I switched back to Verizon and purchased the Droid. They practically begged me to come back since my son and wife are still on Verizon. The Droid is not the IPhone and never will be. But it has features that I consider worthy of the switch. Camera with flash, customizable, sound call quality and most important, no dropped calls. Can’t count the number of them and I live in a saturated orange map area of AT&T. And I get so annoyed hearing my own voice in the earpiece when on a call. It’s like an echo. Also I can download on 3G in my home videos from that load as fast as if I was on wifi with AT&T. I was amazed at the difference in 3G speeds on the Droid, or should I say Verizon. But to each his own. Try them out side by side. You’ll be shocked like I was…