AT&T sues Verizon Wireless over 3G Ads (There's A Map For That)

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Tuesday, 03 November 2009

AT&T sues Verizon Wireless over 3G ads 


  • Wants stop to use of "misleading" maps in Verizon ads
  • Says ads are causing "incalculable" market share loss
  • Asks for temporary restraining order

NEW YORK, Nov 3 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is suing Verizon Wireless in an effort to stop its bigger mobile rival from using "misleading" coverage maps in ads that AT&T says are causing it to lose "incalculable market share."

According to the lawsuit, which AT&T said it filed in Atlanta federal court, a recently launched ad campaign shows maps with white spaces that mislead consumers into thinking AT&T has no network coverage outside of areas where it offers high-speed mobile services, known as third-generation or 3G.

But AT&T argued that its customers can "fully use their wireless devices outside of a '3G' coverage area and undisputedly have coverage in areas depicted by white or blank spaces on the maps used in Verizon's advertisements."

It asked the court for a temporary restraining order against Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications Inc and Vodafone Group Plc, so that its rival cannot benefit from the ads while the court sets a date for a preliminary and permanent injunction hearing.

"Verizon has stepped over the line of legitimate comparative advertising," AT&T said in an emailed copy of the the lawsuit, which was not immediately available online.


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