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  • AT&T, Verizon Agree to Stop Suing Each Other


    AT&T and Verizon today agreed to drop the lawsuits they've been pursuing against each other over advertising claims. The US District Court in Atlanta dismissed AT&T's suit hoping to block Verizon's "there's a map for that" ads, and the US District Court for the Southern District of New York closed an earlier Verizon complaint that would have shut down AT&T's criticisms of its "most reliable" claims. Both cases were dismissed without prejudice so either company can sue the other one again, at any time.

    AT&T's lawsuit accused Verizon of misleading advertising when they showed a map that only displays 3G coverage. AT&T said this left the impression that AT&T service works only in those areas, which is a small subset of its total coverage. Verizon's response said that the ads made it clear that the maps only showed 3G coverage, but AT&T had sued to have the ads blocked while the trial was going on. US District Judge Timothy Batten denied AT&T’s request, saying that while the ads might be “sneaky” or “clever,” they are “literally true.” Meanwhile, Verizon came out with new ads that suggested the iPhone was limited by AT&T's smaller 3G coverage and poor service quality.

    Neither AT&T nor Verizon has provided any reason why they're choosing to drop the lawsuit at this time. AT&T's inability to stop the ads, though, made it a losing battle for them to continue a lawsuit that, if anything, drew more attention to Verizon's argument. We'll see if the ad wars cool down or heat up as the holiday season goes into full swing.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T, Verizon Agree to Stop Suing Each Other started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      That's interesting. I wonder if all of this has to do with the possibility of Verizon courting Apple to get a CDMA version of the iphone, since so many of the ads do show the iphone in a derogatory manner.

      Only time will tell.
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      ^^^lol
    1. sogmasta's Avatar
      sogmasta -
      Holy schnikies!!! So this means the two of them are gonna stop acting like ************ and *gasp* start acting COMPETITIVE???!!!??
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Can't we all just get...an iPhone? LOL. Yep, Verizon wants their hands on a cdma iPhone. Watch.
    1. jdys_1991's Avatar
      jdys_1991 -
      ^^ Hahaaa lol
    1. demonslave's Avatar
      demonslave -
      Hah. It just wont be the same without the constant "I'm better, look at me!" ads. Ad wars are definitely going to heat up, without a doubt. Isn't that what the holidays are for? :P
    1. snap1500's Avatar
      snap1500 -
      With Verizon talking smack about the iPhone and what it can't do and what Droid can do, isn't having a version of the iPhone on their own network kinda against what they are showing those ads about?
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      they are “literally true.” meanwhile, verizon came out with new ads that suggested the iphone was limited by at&t's smaller 3g coverage and poor service quality
      lmfao.............. Even the judge agrees
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Verizon's just mad cuz they dropped the ball when they had the chance to get the iPhone. Now all they can do is trash talk it...but it seems like they've changed their strategy up. Now they're saying that the iPhone is a cool phone but is on a terrible 3G network. These types of commercials came out after their "droid does" ads. Too bad the droid is just another simple android 1.6 OS. Nothing new.
    1. rockjohn's Avatar
      rockjohn -
      i hope they don't make a iphone for verizon ahahah
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Keep in mind that we are discussing At&t vs. Verizon, not Apple vs. Verizon.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Hard to distinguish the two. I said the day they announced the iphone it was the perfect marriage of two companies that are completely self absorbed and do whatever they want without regard to customers. I've had good luck with applecare in the wty standpoint, but the rest of what we fight every day is a perfect example of the remaining issues. ATT and Apple are almost indistinguishable in terms of how they run the companies. It's the reason why their contracts together work and the reason why there is no good excuse to kill the contract they have. YOU may not like them, but misery loves company.
    1. mafo5000's Avatar
      mafo5000 -
      nice
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by sogmasta View Post
      Holy schnikies!!! So this means the two of them are gonna stop acting like ************** and *gasp* start acting COMPETITIVE???!!!??
      lol
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Someone needs to make "There's an iPhone for that" ad.
    1. snap1500's Avatar
      snap1500 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Verizon's just mad cuz they dropped the ball when they had the chance to get the iPhone. Now all they can do is trash talk it...but it seems like they've changed their strategy up. Now they're saying that the iPhone is a cool phone but is on a terrible 3G network. These types of commercials came out after their "droid does" ads. Too bad the droid is just another simple android 1.6 OS. Nothing new.

      The Droid...browsing on that thing is so nice. The screen, I can't explain it. Everything looks really smooth. Modmyi.com and pictures look nicer than on my iPhone. the speakers are better too...
    1. ch_tothe_ase's Avatar
      ch_tothe_ase -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Verizon's just mad cuz they dropped the ball when they had the chance to get the iPhone. Now all they can do is trash talk it...but it seems like they've changed their strategy up. Now they're saying that the iPhone is a cool phone but is on a terrible 3G network. These types of commercials came out after their "droid does" ads. Too bad the droid is just another simple android 1.6 OS. Nothing new.
      if your gonna smart off about verizon, at least know what your talking about. The Motorola Droid is the only phone on the market with ANDROID 2.0! Not 1.6...also i am a iphone user and have had time to play with the droid and it is right up there with it. my loyalty is still with the iphone but if verizon got it i would snatch it up in a heartbeat!
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Hahaha I have to post, I love that picture. Great way to drag readers into this article. Reservoir Dogs, classic and AT&T as Mr. Pink?

      Edit: Now watch Verizon continue to smack AT&T all over. These holiday commercials are going to turn out some classic stuff.
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by TooSlo View Post
      That's interesting. I wonder if all of this has to do with the possibility of Verizon courting Apple to get a CDMA version of the iphone, since so many of the ads do show the iphone in a derogatory manner.

      Only time will tell.
      Right, if you actually watched the Verizon ads, you'd know they actually pay compliments to the iPhone, but they just say it's too bad that it's on AT&T.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's suck.