AT&T: St. Louisans Need Not Switch to Verizon iPhone

Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – AT&T’s local executives fully expect lines outside Verizon stores when the iPhone goes on sale.

But that doesn’t mean they won’t try and convince you to stay at home.

“The iPhone is a great product, but at the end of the day it’s all about the network,” said Nancy Garder, AT&T Missouri’s Vice President for Mobility.

The company, she explained, has invested almost $2 billion to upgrade local backhaul capacity and to add new cell tower sites.

“We have the fastest network in St. Louis. We also have the fewest dropped calls. The St. Louis network is really rock solid and we’ve not experienced those issues which have appeared in someof the other markets.”

Signal problems in cities likes San Francisco and New York have been well-publicized. It’s provided somewhat of a bonding experience for iPhone customers, as well as fodder for technology blogs.

AT&T is emphasizing the ability for its customers to simultaneously be on a phone call and surf the internet, something not supported by Verizon’s network.

Garvey led reporters on a tour of the company’s Chestnut Street, high-rise operations center in downtown St. Louis.

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