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Alltel Ad Claim Called Into Question

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Apr 27, 2006, 2:48 PM   by (staff)

Alltel has recently been running advertisements claiming that they have the nation's largest network based on an independent study, but many have questioned this claim. Alltel bases their claim on the number of square miles their network covers, not on the number of people, like most national carriers. In addition, the ad carries several disclaimers about the area the network should cover regardless of interference and other issues, not the area truly covered. Alltel has not provided the study upon which this claim is based and does not show the findings on its coverage map, instead showing all the area Alltel has licenses for, not the network buildout. Alltel has made several acquisitions of other regional carriers, which has certainly expanded its coverage area, but it has also sold parts of its network as well. While it is still possible that Alltel truly does have the largest network area, it is difficult to be certain without some proof from the carrier. Alltel does not have the most subscribers and it is unlikely their network covers the most people, which are the metrics typically used to qualify network size.

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10 Million Customers on "The Largest Network" professorhacker Apr 27, 2006, 3:31 PM
.......what do you expect??? hahahaah Ocellular Apr 27, 2006, 3:55 PM
T-Mobile @ 30 million subs?? s0lrac Apr 27, 2006, 3:48 PM
I am a bit late but.... alejandro Apr 27, 2006, 3:47 PM
Nice Trend sangyup81 Apr 27, 2006, 3:54 PM
what about the in calling commercial? scbysnx Apr 28, 2006, 6:22 AM
was there a BIG @$$ STAR behind it???????? rebelrebler Apr 27, 2006, 3:46 PM
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