I totally saw this one coming. AT&T has sued Verizon over their some what hilarious ‘there’s a map for that’ commercial – it parodies Apple’s ‘there’s an app for that’ ads. Video below.
The commercial displays two US maps comparing Verizon’s robust 3G coverage versus AT&Ts spotty 3G coverage. AT&T says it’s misleading because the map Verizon used doesn’t show AT&Ts 2G coverage and could lead consumers into thinking that they don’t provide service in the majority of the US. Additionally, the maps aren’t a comparable representation since Verizon’s map depicts all of Verizon’s service area while AT&T’s just shows the areas in which they’ve implemented 3G – kind of the same thing, but you know what I’m saying.
At the end of the day the suit will probably result in Verizon pulling the commercials or updating them to include a more comprehensive map of AT&Ts coverage area.
Personally, I think Verizon showed their hand with these commercials but in my recent experience they’re not far off from the general consensus. Many a people I’ve spoken to say they ‘hate their iPhone’ when they mean to say they hate AT&T for their spotty coverage. But, hey, that’s what happens when you align your cellular service so closely with a handset. Will AT&T be the iPhone’s downfall?
Commercial after the ‘leap’