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Top message:  LETTER TO AT&T by cleolicious   Jan 11, 2011, 10:23 PM

Replying to:  Re: LETTER TO AT&T by vengine20   Jan 13, 2011, 12:54 PM

Re: LETTER TO AT&T

by pleasecheckyourfacts    Jan 13, 2011, 3:25 PM

If you state things as facts, and they are wrong, can we really believe any of it?

"is due to a huge mistake they made a few years ago and that mistake was the merger with Cingular (actually cingular purchased at&t mobility and just kept the at&t name and dropped the mobility part), "

Cingular Wireless bought AT&T Wireless back in 2004. At that time, they dropped the AT&T Wireless name, and kept Cingular Wireless. It wasn't until years later, 1 of Cingular's parent companies, SBC purchased AT&T, that they decided to change their own name to AT&T. SBC then purchased the other parent company of Cingular, Bellsouth, and decided to unify under 1 brand.

"If you look at the history of at&t and you look at our history, we have always outperformed them in every single way, especially in network performance and that will never change, ever."

Let's check the most recent earnings reports to verify this:

Verizon - 3Q 2010; 584,000 retail postpaid net customer additions in the quarter
(source - http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/10/pr2010-10-22 .html )

AT&T - Retail net adds for the quarter include postpaid net adds of 745,000
(source - http://www.att.com/Investor/Financial/Earning _Info/docs/3Q_10_IB_FINAL.pdf )

So, in the addition of new Post Paid customers, the most important, AT&T out performed Verizon by more than 27%.

"Here is another fact, we invest more than 80% of the money we make each year into our network"

Let's check it out!
FROM the same Verizon source quoted earlier: "[about the 3rd quarter] Total revenues were $16.3 billion"

Let's do some math, that means 80% would be dumped back into the network, that is a little over $13 billion. Let's see if that's what they invested.

FROM ( http://aboutus.vzw.com/customersatisfaction/c ustomerexp.html ) "Verizon Wireless has invested [...] $5.7 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. "

They seem to be a little short in the 80% mark you state as fact.

These are just the ones that jumped out at me as being obviously wrong. I guess, I am trying to say the following:

Next time you write an opinion piece, please don't try to pass it off as fact. If simple research, and the companies' own earning records can dispute you, why try to lie?

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