Yeah, it’s on. Let the cat fight begin! Now that Verizon is getting the iPhone, Apple is trying to downplay the differences between the 2 carriers with sweet commercials reminding us that the network doesn’t matter. But because Apple is playing nice doesn’t mean the 2 carriers have to play nice.

Today AT&T sent emails to some of their customers with the subject line “Feel free to make a call while reading this email”. The email goes on saying that “only AT&T’s network lets you talk and surf the web at the same time on your iPhone”…

This is clearly an attack at Verizon whose CDMA iPhone will not allow you to be on a call while surfing the internet. While this is a minor issue, especially for those who are already on Verizon and used to this, it is yet another angle AT&T can exploit to softly mock Verizon.

I’m sure there is more to come. From both sides.

Thoughts?

[Thanks @LewisBeyda for the tip]

  • SirAlSmooth

    Here I just thought that email was another annoying AT&T message. And I didn’t even read it, shame on me.

    • Jon

      Trolling anyone? By you talking smack to him, you just showed all you are is a fucking dipshit asshole. Nice to know you like to talk about yourself in a good manner.

      Any ways, this is a stupid target at Verizon. AT&T should worry about fixing their network issues, improving their drop call to call complete ration and fix their crappy customer care service. Every time I talk to them, its like talking to freaking morons. I live in a complete 3G area, and my 2G moves faster than my 3G. My whole area is spotty and I’m paying you this money because? Not to mention, I got this email and I couldn’t read it until I got off the phone, because MY 3G DOESN’T LOAD MAIL OR PAGES. Before you take shots AT&T, improve on your damn customer satisfaction rating. Rated lower then T-Mobile? Seriously? T-Mobile? Before we know it, Metro PCS will be getting better ratings. I’m finally out of my contract with AT&T tomorrow. Sold my iPhone unlocked to a T-Mobile user, and going to get an iPhone with Verizon. I think I can get use to not using data while being on the phone, I got use to that already.

  • PT

    Hi,

    I just want to make a complain about iDB. From a portuguese very addicted view, i´m am getting very tired about your post´s regarding Verizon/AT&T news. Please try to put on my side: i’ve read very carefully the About part of iDB, and didn’t saw anything regarding ONLY US carriers related posts.
    I´m willing to give you the benefit of doubt if you try to do some kind of poll like this: ask how many readers/followers outside US you have, and how many of them are interested in this kind of news. From the resulting stats, please try to balance the amount of posts.
    There was a time which i felt your blog more interesting, but i’m getting tired of seeing same kind of tweets all the time, but that’s just me, and maybe i’m the only one, and who cares, right?

    • manuel

      Yo, can you like stop trolling? Like seriously. Do you have nothing better to do but clog comment boards with your 5 year old insults. If you don’t like the news or the comments, don’t read it nor write about it.

      And you and your stupidity shows what AT&T customers are about, just like the company itself. You guys fit nice together 🙂

    • PT

      Oh, and i just realize i didn’t even made any comment about your post, shame on me…so here it goes:
      – You have a carrier who are not capable to browse the internet at make calls at the same time?! Really?

    • nutsjob

      Let me guess if ur in Portugal nd have an iPhone. Ur on vodafone network obviously, not on TMM or Optimus… Vodafone is like AT&T so by hearing these debates with AT&T and verizon so lets put ur 2cents in shall we.. AT&T is like vodafone they run on a gsm network so if the post says that verizon doesn’t let u make a calls and surf the web at the same time. Because they are on a CDMA network, that just tells you for future reference that if the iPhone comes to CDMA network in Portugal now you already know since obviously you read English that you can’t make calls nd surf web at the sometime on an iPhone that doesn’t carry a sim card (CDMA network). So don’t be so ignorant next time with that “about” excuse. Since u play smart use info to ur best knowledge ! Even if it’s something thats not related to Portugal! Fodasse !!! Rockin caldas da rainha distrito leiria !!! Holler !!!!

      • PT

        Now, who is being ignorant here? Since the launch of very first iPhone here, i was able to choose between two carriers, Vodafone and Optimus, both GSM. When 3Gs came out and you could by unlocked, guess what, another carrier to choose, TMN, also GSM. So i don´t know in what country were you living until now, or i guess the news and latest technology come very late to your little village. Just take a bus, relax for about 200km, and you are in civilization where you can buy all the toys you want.
        I am very aware of CDMA functionality, and just don’t understand why you want to stay with a company which doesn’t allow to take full advantage of your smartphone, even when the other seems to be doing a bad job.

    • Hey PT,

      I totally understand where you’re coming from with your comment relative to blog posts on iDB about Verizon and AT&T. But, iDB is a US based website and most of the readers are from the US.

      So while we try our best to cover “worldwide news”, we must also make sure we provide relevant information to our core audience.

      I hope you understand our point. At any rates, obrigado for reading iDB and I hope these few Verizon/AT&T posts won’t drive you away from the blog.

      Sebastien

      • Twited21

        I know most of the readers here are from the us
        But I would like to put my foot in and represent the uk

        Yes yes that small island

        I love this site everything is relevant don’t matter what country your in

        Keep up the great job
        Loving your work

      • PT

        Hi Seb,

        I know that the most of your readers are from US, but from a educational point of view, maybe thats the problem. I know you are aware of the millions of iPhones sold outside US too, right? So if you try to expand a little bit your range of news, maybe you will end with as many outside readers as US ones, but probably you don’t even want to expand your horizons due to a lack os man labour.
        Merci for your attention, i will not leave your blog, been following for a long time, but will have to ignore a lot of posts though.

        PT

    • KC

      Hey Pt, im from australia and living in hong kong right now. Does this news really affect me? No. Do you see me complaining? No.
      So shutup mate.

    • KC

      Hey Pt, im from australia and living in hong kong right now. Does this news really affect me? No. Do you see me complaining? No.
      So stop complaining mate.

  • jon

    This is a stupid target at Verizon. AT&T should worry about fixing their network issues, improving their drop call to call complete ration and fix their crappy customer care service. Every time I talk to them, its like talking to morons. I live in a complete 3G area, and my 2G moves faster than my 3G. My 3G never loads up, and it doesn’t matter where I’m at. I live in New York City, and its the same for friends. I rarely even get calls to pass 5 minutes before I get a drop call. My whole area is spotty and I’m paying you this money because? Not to mention, I got this email and I couldn’t read it until I got off the phone, because MY 3G DOESN’T LOAD MAIL OR PAGES. Nice to know I have such fast speeds and I’m outside in front of your AT&T store and around 22 towers, all working fine.

    Word of advice AT&T, before you take shots, improve on your damn customer satisfaction rating. Rated lower then T-Mobile? Seriously? T-Mobile? Before we know it, Metro PCS will be getting better ratings. I’m finally out of my contract with AT&T tomorrow. Sold my iPhone unlocked to a T-Mobile user, and going to get an iPhone with Verizon. I won’t mind nothing using data while being on the phone, since I got use to that already with AT&T. What a joke.

    • the joke has always been on Verizon with customer service. They outright lied to me to get me to go on their phone and they did not understand what their own technology was. With AT&T I have never been treated except as someone who is intelligent and knows what he is talking about. They readily admitted to a problem with international texting when their servers where upgraded with a certain country. They promptly fixed it for me and called me when I was overseas to tell me that it was fixed.

      They provided us with an app to report where dropped calls happened and when you report the problem they get back to you to tell you when it is fixed….

      Verizon was always behind the curve with their equipment and not very knowledgeable about it. I am very glad to be with AT&T.

      Guess what? I actually do surf and talk at least once or twice a week. So I can see the benefits.

  • Dev

    I didn’t get a chance to read it because I didn’t have any service on my iphone

  • Chukknob

    Sebastian, the CDMA issue of not being able to surf and talk at the same time is very annoying. It’s a huge convenience to have and one of the only benefits to being on att’s network. But to say it’s a minor issue is downplaying it way too much. I use that feature all the time.

    • I agree. I don’t use the internet and talk at the same time that much but when I need it it’s there.

    • LewsisBeyda

      I agree. I use internet alot while talking as well. I use Exchange email which requires internet access to browse through my 100’s of folders, as they are stored on an exchange server. It makes me much more productive when i can talk to a client while referring back to old emails.

  • Cheeky

    More news about the iPhone less about the carriers okay?

    Not all of your readers care about US carriers.

  • Jason masters

    You should be banned

    • He is 😉

      • Kingz

        Seb, all these guys do is complain… If ya dont like at&t/iphone then just change phones and providers. Yet they are still using the iphone on at&t. Shows us how immature these children are.

  • D-min

    I got the same email with even 25% off AT&T accessories, sweet right! 😉

  • bc

    I have to say, being able to talk and surf is pretty significant to me. I love being able to turn on speaker phone and look something up related to the conversation.

  • Michael Jackson’s Son

    had an iPhone with AT&T and I rarely used the phone and surfed the web because it just killed my battery in seconds. 3G, phone, and web is 100 to 90 in 5 mins. No winterboard or apps in background, dim light and etc. When I had T-Mobile with my 3GS, I never thought about it or felt it was an issue. I know were not always by Wi-Fi, but I always was so, and if I was always by Wi-Fi, I usually had my computer. So I guess it’s on the user. Any ways, I notice this is the only thing AT&T keeps using as a form of attack, while Verizon just stands back and laughs. Its AT&T’s money they keep blowing on these Ads. Its not going to prevent people from leaving. If people want to leave AT&T, they will. If they want to stay, they will. Even more so, I know this is all out of fear of losing money. Verizon is better than AT&T. Its fact, Its rated in Surveys, polls, hand written surveys, you think it, its been done. Like the other guy up on this comment board said, AT&T is rated the worst and even worst then T-Mobile. Each year they go lower and lower. Every company has its pros and cons. Everyone has flaws, failures and we all have bad experiences and good experiences from them, but these stupid shots are getting desperate and shows why AT&T is below everyone. I mean, every where I go, I see AT&T ads. I see them trying so hard and more then ever. If this is not a sign I don’t know what is, but I think this crap with attacking each other is dumb.

  • Nitsson

    I’m not in the US so the whole AT&T vs Verizon debate, isn’t really an issue but I would pick a network that allows you to surf an talk any day. There’s been plenty of occasions where I call someone, or am called, about directions (Maps App), to check a personal details (LinkedIn, Facebook), to check train times, and so on. Each time it’s a simple matter to put the call on speaker and off I go. I’d find it really restricting to loose that option.

  • Burge

    This post …AT&T are awesome …. Post before AT&T sued for overcharging … Awesome indeed … Lmao…

  • Eddward

    The bottom line Is everyone has choices. If you do not like one specific carrier, move on to one that makes you happier. So what if the verizon I phone cannot surf the web while you are talking on the phone. I’m pretty sure that will be fixed in the future. If it does not get resolved, again everyone has choices. With so many violent things going on in the world, debates about cell coverage seem ao trivial. Everyone just have a blessed day and be happy we are alive to enjoy our cell phones either on at t or verizon.

  • Igeek

    BURN!!!!! verizon 

  • sween24

    AT&T, are you listening?…Ahem…UNLIMITED DATA IS WAY, WAY, WAY, WAY, WAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY more attractive than talking and using the web at the same time!WAY MORE! WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY MORE!…and please stop insulting our intelligence by continuing to claim that you did away with unlimited data because it saves us money. You could have the 200 megabyte, 2 gigabyte, AND an unlimited plan if you wanted to do so. There’s no reason that there has to be only two choices, rather than three or more.

  • sween24

    …and by the way, Sebastien, that stupid email that AT&T sent out was in no way “in Verizon’s face”. It was a pathetic display of AT&T’s fear that customers are going to jump ship, which they ought to do if they want unlimited data. You see, AT&T was greedy. They wanted to be the exclusive iphone carrier, which they were for about four years. As the exclusive carrier, they attracted customers who would not have otherwise gone to AT&T. But then when the iphone data traffic became too much for their network to handle, they cried about it. They cried that people were using the very service for which they signed up for and paid for. They advertised that you needed an iphone, because with an iphone, you could do this and do that. But then when people actually did this and that with the phone, AT&T didn’t like it because AT&T couldn’t handle it. Well, how ’bout spending less money on commercials and more money bolstering the network, so that it can handle it, huh? How ’bout supporting the device that you sold and from which you profited?

  • rippingviper

    I use my internet all the time while im talking. Speaking on speakerphone or headphones.. surfing the web while doing that or relaying research as I get it through my phone. I think Verizon users won’t get the full functionality they potentially could from they’re new iPhones.

  • Robert

    Wish they had sent that email before I switched from ATT to Verizon. Not being able to multi-task Web and Talk and not being able to Conference 5 people and go private or hang up with them individually is a huge limitation for my using the Verizon phone effectively for work. Of course I moved because dropped calls were all to rampant with ATT. For this reason I will continue to try and simplify my life with the Verizon phone and lack of multi tasking. MAybe it is better not to muli task? We will see though.