by Joe White
July 23, 2013
In case you missed it, in one of AT&T's recent ads the U.S. carrier not only claims to offer subscribers the fastest 4G LTE network in the United States, but also argues that its service is the "most reliable" - an accolade previously reserved, in the United States, for Verizon. As such, the No. 1 U.S. carrier has struck back against AT&T's claims, indirectly labeling the assertion "hollow." First spotted by CNET, Verizon's response really speaks for itself: Particularly, the ad notes: "Others have tried to claim reliability. But to us it's not a hollow claim. Or a slogan. Or a fancy ad campaign." Indeed, the carrier has been awarded the title of "most reliable" carrier in the United States year-on-year, most recently by a PCMag study. Though the publication found that AT&T's 4G LTE network offered subscribers the fastest cellular download speeds, PCMag was careful to add that Verizon, however, is the most reliable out of the four main U.S. carriers (which also include Sprint and T-Mobile). PCMag explained:
Verizon Wireless, as always, is the master of coverage and reliability. It’s the only truly nationwide LTE network and it generally aced our streaming and Web page download reliability tests. While its LTE network is generally a bit slower than AT&T’s, it’s still fast, and the carrier wins our Reader’s Choice awards year after year for its coverage area and general customer satisfaction levels.In other news, AT&T has received a dose of criticism from both T-Mobile and, more recently, Consumer Reports, both of which accused the carrier's "upgrade early" service AT&T Next of charging subscribers a ridiculous amount. In particular, Consumer Reports showed that for an iPhone 5 handset, customers of AT&T Next would be paying around $400 more than those of T-Mobile Jump. We'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Cydia Tweak: Gotha Adds Some Handy Shortcuts To Your Contacts List, Despite Developer Center Issues, Apple Releases OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 4, and Adobe GroupPix Updated With Improvements For Better Group Photo-Sharing.