“Last weekend a story in the New York Times blamed the bad reputation of AT&T’s wireless network on iPhone technical problems, not the AT&T network at all,” Bob Cringely writes for I, Cringely.
“Going further, Global Wireless Solutions, a network testing company, said the AT&T network is actually faster than Verizon’s, backing to a certain extent AT&T’s now-aborted legal effort to silence Verizon Wireless commercials that said otherwise,” Cringely writes.
MacDailyNews Take: Wrong. AT&T’s now-aborted legal matter was based on Verizon’s maps failing to show AT&T’s full coverage areas, focusing only on 3G coverage.
Cringely continues, “I doubt this is actually the case. Last summer as my family and I wandered across the United States in our old Winnebago motor home equipped with two iPhones from AT&T but also cellular data from Verizon, I can say with some certainty that Verizon coverage was consistently better, no matter what the Times has to say.”
MacDailyNews Take: The Times didn’t say it, a networking testing company that performed the testing while covering more than three million miles of roads this year, while running almost two million wireless data sessions and placing more than three million voice calls said it. And that trumps your anecdotal Winnebago motor home story by approximately 2.999 million country miles, Bob.
Cringely continues, “But the real issue here, it seems to me, is the obvious gag order successfully imposed on giant AT&T by Apple. Now that part I believe.”
MacDailyNews Take: Cringely gets everything wrong and then expects us to believe whatever bullshit he’s about to shovel this week? Puleeze.
Bob’s full fantasy (“AT&T apparently isn’t allowed to refute Verizon’s network performance claims even if AT&T has contrary data”) constructed upon no foundation whatsoever – Think Before You Click™ – here.
MacDailyNews Take: Verizon is not making “network performance claims” that AT&T would need to refute, but even if Verizon were doing so, AT&T obviously isn’t being gagged at all as every single AT&T press release issued for years contains the following boilerplate statement, “With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services.” Try harder next time, Bob.