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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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Apr 27, 2006, 3:31 PM

10 Million Customers on "The Largest Network"

Enough said, feel free to comment. They're only a few million away from the MAJORS!
Anything to get somebodys attention.

Apr 27, 2006, 3:55 PM

.......what do you expect??? hahahaah

😁 What do you expect from Alltel?? In my area there is only Cingular and Alltel, they know that they are lying...or they are just being smar@$$es. hahahaah

Lets wait to see how this plays out!!!
I think it could be true that they cover more square miles than any other carriers... Especially with recent acquisitions...
They are not lying. Alltel covers more land then any other carrier. That is a fact. Cingular may cover more population, that doesn't mean they cover more land mass. Just the highly populated land mass.

Apr 27, 2006, 3:48 PM

T-Mobile @ 30 million subs??

Where did engadget get info that says T-Mobile has 30 million + customers????
Well, they passed 20 million sometime last year, I don't remember exactly when. 30 million wouldn't surprise me at this point; we've been growing pretty rapidly.
Tmobile USA does not have 30 million plus customers becuase as of the end of 2005 they have 21.7 million.

Apr 27, 2006, 3:47 PM

I am a bit late but....

Let the Cell phone corporate whore flaming begin!
w00t! whoring!

Apr 27, 2006, 3:54 PM

Nice Trend

Looks like all the carriers have to boast about their network to do well in sales. Interesting isn't it?
yea and who started the whole network thingy.??? Verizon long time ago with Can you hear me now? GOOOD!! 🙂

Apr 28, 2006, 6:22 AM

what about the in calling commercial?

While the radio ad they've been running talks about it only being for 10 people the television ad is completely misleading it seems like they are suggesting you can call anyone on any network for free.
well thats because u can, they have a new thing called my circle, where you can pick 10 phone numbers from any company and call them when ever you want

Apr 27, 2006, 3:46 PM

was there a BIG @$$ STAR behind it????????

No there wasn't, See in this day and age.. BIG @$$ STARS are IMPLIED!

🤣 🙄
What if I put a thousand cells in the Mojave
desert; thats a lot of Network coverage. 🙄
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