Verizon Wireless has shot back in court at rival AT&T’s attempt to stop it’s ‘There’s A Map For That’ ad campaign. In court documents, Verizon lawyers wrote their company’s ads are true “and the truth hurts.”
“AT&T did not file this lawsuit because Verizon’s ‘There’s A Map For That’ advertisements are untrue; AT&T sued because Verizon’s ads are true and the truth hurts,” the New York-based company responded. The language was sure to inspire a few headlines and continue the battle between the two carriers.
Verizon, in a series of advertisments, has questioned coverage of AT&T’s 3G network and whether the carrier best serves iPhone customers. AT&T is the exclusive U.S. carrier for Apple’s popular handset. Following the ‘Map’ commercials, Verizon launched the Droid, a handset using Android 2.0 built by Motorola and aimed at the iPhone. Recently, Verizon aired new ads picturing the iPhone on the ‘Island of Misfit Toys’ due to AT&T coverage.
In response, AT&T told a court the ad “falsely communicates that the iPhone is a broken device because it cannot browse the Web or download applications when outside of AT&T’s depicted coverage area.”
In another quote from the latest legal memo submitted to the court, Verizon charges AT&T and its smartphone customers have suffered due to lack of 3G infrastructure.
“In the final analysis, AT&T seeks emergency relief because Verizon’s side-by-side, apples-to-apples comparison of its own 3G coverage with AT&T’s confirms what the marketplace has been saying for months: AT&T failed to invest adequately in the necessary infrastructure to expand its 3G coverage to support its growth in smartphone business, and the usefulness of its service to smartphone users has suffered accordingly,” Verizon lawyers wrote.