Verizon Roshambos AT&T 3G Coverage with "There's a Map for That!"
Verizon gave AT&T a Cartman-esque Roshambo last night with their new, mockingly phrased "there's a map for that" TV commercial, an obvious take off of Apple's "there's an app for that" at the expense of AT&T's smaller 3G coverage footprint.
CDMA has the advantage of covering more territory with fewer towers, though it has some drawbacks too -- like no simultaneous voice and data using current implementations. However, we're not sure how funny a commercial would be showing frustrated Verizon users who's 3G coverage dies every time the phone rings. Then again...
Of course, if Verizon ever gets the iPhone 3GS, or the mythical iTablet, we're guessing they'll have to pick another AT&T device to make fun of.
Now excuse AT&T if they go jump up and down a few times, we've heard that can stop the pain and tears...
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That said, it is a good use of the map by Verizon as many people misread the map and infer no coverage in the non-3G areas and disregard lower population density there.
Knock it off. Not cool.
However, in some cases some verizon users get service underground on the LIRR commuter train and NYC subway.
Ferniem..relax dude, get off Fastlane's nuts.
You mean like no international roam and no simultaneous data and voice? :) Locked down Wifi and GPS and carrier branded "content" decks? I'm laughing my arse off that VZW announced Android stuff today... they are the antithesis of what Android is about. The VZW map appears to be their generic voice coverage map and not their 3G and/or 3G data map. Exaggeration, thy name is VZW.
Agree. This commcial brings even more attention to the iPhone's commercials.
@Jamin: Really? Not to be a dick but your story sounds like something a VzW rep would post... So its hard to believe especially since i have never had any of the problems at any concert or game i have ever been at.
With my 99$ plan my bill was 179$
This is verizon ... this is JUST how they @#@3ing are... and i'm sick of it.
Why did i sign up for FIOS? i don't even know i guess i was stupid enough to think i wouldn't have to put up with this bull crap with the TV/internet package...
Guess i was wrong.
Oh wait does it say on my bill?? pretty much nothing, there's no explaination, they just duplicated the first item line and added $ to it. This is typical verizon bill bull crap.
You guys can say what you want to say about ATT's coverage, but with my iPhone? my ATT bill has been the EXACT SAME $ amount every single month... and i'll take that over better coverage ANY DAY.
@#@#ing hate verizon! ><
2...Ferniem27....sshhh.....don't look but your ignorance and jealous is showing. Don't worry, if you change your name now, no one will recognize you as the tard who posts unintelligent comments. You're dismissed...
3...Call Verizon pathetic all your want...but good marketing strategy. Nice way to deterrent potential customers who are in those areas with no 3G coverage and who are still on the ropes on which carrier to pick. And nice way to upset and provoke those who do have trouble with their coverage in their area to consider potential switching.
This is nothing brand new. Apple likes to take their marketing strategy head on with PC's and show their superiority. It's worked to some degree for them
yeah i'll never go to Verizon. I don't care if they get the iPhone tomorrow. But i would love an iPhone on sprint or tmobile
A few years ago there was nothing like the iPhone on any carrier and now everybody is racing to catch up. AT&T had really sucky coverage and they've improved quite a bit. Verizon wouldn't even let you use bluetooth on a phone, never mind wifi. So I'm all for watching them duke it out over the iPhone, since it's given us better products than we had before, on both carriers.
Well I live in DFW metroplex (and I have Verizon) and their coverage basically does cover most of Texas. I've been to san Antonio with it, Austin, Lubbock and Abiline (where AT&T is terrible), el paso, Houston, padre island, even as far down as Brownsville and Eagle pass and always had great coverage. Even in shit hole towns where my tmobile and AT&T buddies lose signal, which does me no good to have signal if I can't call them from the corner store to see if they want miller light or bud light. Texas is big and I have family all over it.drove to san Diego and always had signal, even thru Arizona.That's why I went with them after I ended my AT&T contract. My iphone was useless to me. My uncle has had AT&T for 50 years!( ok maybe I exaggerated lol) but his major complaint is dropped calls even in a big metroplex like DFW.
kinda like the frustrated iPhone user who's app closes every time the phone rings...
I'm not sure how you would use the data connection while talkin on the phone anyways.
EDGE is about the same speed!
I think verizon has EVDO (3G) in every tower they have installed in the country. lol.
@frog If VZ is comparing 3G networks then it should be EVDO vs HSPA. In which case HSPA is superior in tha fact that it does simultanious voice and data. Whereas EVDO functions like EDGE which can only do one or the other. Which is why the commerical shows people surfing the web and not talking on the phone at the same time or vice versa.
@Kels Not sure how you'd use data and voice together. I use it frequently by putting my iPhone on speaker phone or using a Bluetooth headset and give someone directions over the phone using the Maps application or to continue searching for something on the internet during my conversation.
Coudn't have been simpler.
Tmobile is worse then all of them and sprint shouldn't even be in the arguement! WTF
The blue map can't be right.
In reference to your stated DFW metroplex ATT coverage....bull shiz!!!! I have ATT and have not had ANY dropped calls!!! Maybe my iPhone takes priority!!! Your 50 years on ATT comment proves you have a flare for the DRAMATIC. Oh and try reading this post or browsing this page while on a boring conference call with one of your buds on VZW!!! Hahaha... Can't do it can you??
But what I want to stress is how important the alltel purchase was. Alltell covered 34 states focusing on small to medium size cities providing wireless services to residential and business people. And had a wireless coverage footprint comprising the largest network in the United States by area. Verizon has money. And the've used it well.
(I don't need to see the ones in the commercial... I need the REAL ones.)
Before you go getting all defensive because you overpay for you iPhone that does everything, but nothing well, you might want to look up at the screen when you type. Those green lines indicate a grammar error. In this case, "who's" should be "whose".
Many people living in these high-coverage areas tend to prevent EDGE because they can. But, look out with high-traffic days.
I do not own an iPhone, but use AT&T. If I have troubles with 3G, which occasionally does happen, I just use the EDGE network. Works every time, and what's more important: using your phone with high-speed data, or using your phone at all? I'll take the latter, thanks.
I, personally, like AT&T. Had VZW with work, HATED IT.
Sorry folks... this goes for any GSM 3G phone. If you force UMTS (3G) service only, you'll find yourself without service if you go to remote areas and it will be painful!!
You can see for yourself at http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/
I have had ATT for years and have never seen their data coverage maps showing that little of coverage.
I think At&t has the necessary technology to keep up with the competitors, and the iPhone (no matter where it will go) still is a great piece of technology, and quite reliable (for the exception of some software updates in the past). I have tried the Blackberry Storm and honestly it froze on me or was really not as responsive.
Also, aside from all 3G coverage, At&t still gets really good network extension.