Wednesday, November 18, 2009

There IS a Map for That

A while ago Verizon came out with an ad campaign highlighting its 3G Coverage in comparison to AT&T. Watch this ad:

AT&T was PO'd big time and slapped a lawsuit claiming that the ads were deceptive in that they were leading viewers to conclude that AT&T doesn't offer coverage in the non-shaded areas. Apparently Verizon's coverage is so vast that people think that the shaded areas in both maps for Big V and Ma Bell was for cellular coverage period. Oh no, AT&T doesn't dispute the fact that these maps are accurate... just that Verizon's labeling of 3G is not sufficient notice for all the idiots out there who are watching the ad.

AT&T's request for an injunction has been denied but the lawsuit is till going forward. In the meantime, AT&T is hitting back with an ad of their own:

Oh, Luke, what happened to you?

So let's go with why I'm not with AT&T:

Nation's fastest 3G network. Oh that wold be nice if I lived in a 3G area in the first place. But even if I did live in such coverage, AT&T's network is still widely derided as pretty shit. I've seen vloggers from the San Francisco Bay Area just bitching up a storm on how crappy their service is.

Talk and surf at the same time. Hmmm... would be nice except I'm not that talented. Realistically, I'm doing one or the other.

Most popular smartphones. True. But what good is a smartphone when you don't have the network to back it up? Where I work, it'd be fancy brick. Where I live, I might get it to work if I cooed to it first.

Access to over 100,000 apps. Put an asterisk on that baby because the only way someone with AT&T is going to get that is with in iPhone.

Folks, I'm not saying that AT&T is total crap. It just is around here and I'm sure there are plenty of places in the country where Verizon is crap and AT&T is the king of all voice and data. If you are going to choose a network provider, don't choose one because of the bells and whistles with their phones, networks, and plans. Do your homework and choose one that best suits your needs.


Stacey said...

at our house in Niles.. Verizon is total crap.. so much so that it is the provider that I had when I threw my phone against the front door of my house because it cut out on me.. just one too many times.. so it just depends on where you live!

David said...

Yeah for some reason, coverage is pretty bad on the north end of Niles. I think it is because it is towards the end of the their native network. Remember, this area used to be all Alltel towers with Verizon restricted to the I-94 corridor. But also... you live out in the middle of nowhere!