AT&T sets the record straight on Verizon’s ‘blatantly false and misleading’ ads

AT&T has posted the following statement on their website. Here it is, verbatim:

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.
    • 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

Source: AT&T

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


  1. There is something called advertising wherein a company presents its message in a compellingly clear and creative way to the entire market thorough communications media.

    ATT, stop whining and use your marketing power.

  2. Talk and surf at the same time, this is a very usable feature, I learned it a hard way when I was trying to find my friend’s location when he was lost while I was on the phone with him (at that time, I was using first gen iP.)

  3. @maciphonian

    The inability of your co-worker’s Blackberry to make calls and use data simultaneously on Verizon is a limitation with CDMA. There is no phone that Verizon can carry that can do data and voice simultaneously. Their network is incapable of it.

  4. Hello, 911 operator

    yes! Help, I’ve been in accident. My car rolled over and now gasoline is everywhere!

    Sir, where are you?

    Ugh, I don’t know.

    Sir, do you have general idea where you are?

    Well, my phone has a map but I will have to hang up to check it.

    Sir, do not hang up. We have people attempting to triangulate your position.


  5. I don’t know about the 96% coverage but at least here in Houston, AT&T;is very reliable. I have been with all three major companies and they all drop calls during peek ours, and they all have dead zones.

  6. I understand what AT&T;is trying to say, but there is nothing false about Verizons claim. Here are the 3G coverage maps, a factual claim. Verizon never says you don’t have data coverage from AT&T;elsewhere. Why would Verizon promote 3G superiority over AT&T;? Because 3G is better than EDGE.

  7. ATT may or may not have the coverage they claim. I wish that I had the chance to find out how good or bad their service is. I am still of the many who have been locked out of the possibility of having an iPhone because ATT continues to not be available in my area even though Verizon, Sprint and Alltel each have service/write contracts in my home town.

  8. …”The only way to avoid it is by typing AT and T.”

    Not quite. Technically, you aren’t avoiding the semi-colon after AT&T; you are just spelling AT&T differently (see how you CAN avoid semi-colon).

    So, yes, people. Please make sure you type AT&T in such a way that avoids that annoying semi-colon (and takes away the trailing space as well).

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