It turns out that AT&T has not taken kindly to all of the Verizon ads lately knocking their network. It seems that the two networks are playing nice now after a small legal battle that was childish at best and just managed to bring light to the whole deal anyway; making it a lose lose for AT&T. After the dust has settled a little bit though, I got this email from AT&T. They decided to email me and let me know that their service was great and getting better all of the time.
Normally I would just think this was some email that I had signed up for accidently when buying something, but I know that for AT&T I had specifically told them not to send anything. They sent it anyway and it only puts more bang in Verizon's advertising buck. True, it does speak well about AT&T's network and it does try and reassure us all that they are working hard to make it better, but only when they are under the gun. Shouldn't AT&T be working on their network all of the time. I know that AT&T has to defend their brand whenever it is slandered in someone else's advertising, but AT&T should have addressed many issues long before deciding to take on the iPhone. The iPhone has done so much to damage AT&T's reputation that AT&T has actually started to advertise their other devices more heavily to soften the blow when they lose exclusivity of the iPhone. There will probably be a huge shift in brand loyalty when the iPhone does become available for other carriers, but unfortunately only time will tell.