In a series of new ads airing tonight, Apple Inc. tries to come to carrier partner AT&T's rescue.
But is it too little too late?
For weeks, Verizon and Sprint have been having their way with AT&T and Apple's iPhone. One of the year's best commercials has to be the Verizon ad featuring the iPhone as the newest resident of The Land of Misfit Toys. The issue, and it certainly resonates, is that while AT&T might have a very nice 3G network, its coverage is rather limited when it compares to that offered by Verizon. The two even got into a legal spat because of Verizon's very clever "There's a 'Map' for That" campaign, comparing head to head the two carriers' 3G coverage nationwide.
AT&T's answer with actor Luke Wilson is a poor one. While Verizon highlights its 3G coverage superiority, AT&T is answering with an overall coverage area that just doesn't answer the question. Sure, AT&T has great national coverage, but it's 3G area still doesn't measure up.