Verizon isn’t backing off its advertising push to point out the inadequacies in AT&T’s 3G coverage. Despite AT&T’s lawsuit seeking to stop Verizon’s allegedly misleading ads, Verizon continues to release new commercials that poke fun at AT&T. In response, AT&T has released a statement that they hope “sets the record straight on Verizon ads.”
In the statement, AT&T points out that their 3G network coverage 233 million US residents – about 75% of all Americans. When combined with AT&T’s 2G EDGE network, the carrier boasts 97% coverage in the US. AT&T continues to explain that customers can surf the web and use wireless data services on both the 3G and 2G EDGE networks, contradicting Verizon’s allusions that a 3G network is required to surf the web.
One thing that Verizon doesn’t mention, is that AT&T’s 3G network allows simultaneous data and voice services. Verizon Wireless can’t make that claim. AT&T customers can hop on a voice call while checking their email or surfing IntoMobile.com, while Verizon customers will have to choose between voice or data. AT&T also notes that they have the iPhone on their network. So there.