War of words between AT&T and Verizon escalate over iPhone

Summary:There's nothing like squabbling over market share to bring out the childishness in multi-billion dollar corporations.

There's nothing like squabbling over market share to bring out the childishness in multi-billion dollar corporations.

Take a look at this exchange between AT&T and Verizon over iPhone customers:

“I’m not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane,” Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesman, said in a company statement.

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“AT&T is known for a lot of things, but network quality is not one of them,” said Jeffrey Nelson, a spokesman for Verizon Wireless.

Mr. Nelson added something that had the ring of a playground taunt: “It must be backwards day at AT&T.”

The iPhone has been a massive customer magnet for AT&T, and understands this very well. But the company has struggled to cope under the load the handset placed on the network. In an attempt to sour the data teat, AT&T first tried to educate users, before then resorting to applying the brakes on new users.

So far AT&T has had iPhone customers all to itself. This seems set to change today, so we can expect an even greater escalation in the war of words over the coming weeks and months.

Topics: AT&T, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones, Verizon

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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