Recently, Verizon came up with a rather clever ad campaign, mocking the iPhone ads that claim “there’s an app for that” with ads that showcase Verizon’s wider 3G footprint, claiming “there’s a map for that,” and showing the two services’ 3G coverage maps side by side:
It does a nice job poking fun at one of AT&T’s weaker points: its mobile network infrastructure. But apparently, AT&T is not happy with the ad campaign and has sued Verizon over those ads, claiming that it uses an unfair comparison. That’s because the maps only show 3G coverage, and Verizon has significantly greater 3G coverage. However, AT&T feels that the map showing its coverage implies, falsely, that AT&T has no coverage outside of its 3G coverage areas. While you can see why AT&T would make this complaint, it does make you wonder if it’s really worth the effort to sue. All it’s really doing is attracting a lot more attention to the original ad, which does accurately state that it’s talking about 3G coverage, not overall coverage, though you can see why some people might not realize that AT&T’s network also includes non-3G areas.