Operation Chokehold A RealityAdded: Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
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AT&T since the launch of the world's most popular mobile device, the iPhone, have been complaining of extreme data usage on the part of their customers. The state that due to high resources being used by those whom paid for the service that it's bogging down their networks, and not allowing them to operate at maximum capacity.
Lately, there's been a huge buzz in the digital underground, about how AT&T is devising a master plan to increase data usage costs and pass that onto the customers. What many are unhappy with, is that they already pay a huge cost per month for their data plans, and that the network of AT&T already does not deliver as it's promised.
They love the iPhone, in fact it's a global phenomenon, but they are sickened by the way AT&T is handling it's network operations. For a device that promised high speed net access, streaming videos, live peer to peer social networking, amongst other data hounds, it's been for the most part, unable to run smoothly due to AT&T's concentrated and short spanning network.
It's no secret the iPhone users are fighting back, stating that on this Friday, they will protest. In an effort to bog down AT&T to the point where they'll be on their knees, online icon "Fake Steve Jobs" has helped to launch a massive strike within AT&T's customer base.
He's asked that on Friday, all AT&T data plan subscribers, flood AT&T's 3G network, by each and every iPhone customer to run a data intensive application for one straight hour, beginning on 12 Noon Eastern Standard Time, in an attempt to shut down what AT&T is barely able to keep operating now, it's network.
Congesting a network as a means of digitally protesting the destruction of the rights of customers? That's a first. Not just a first, but a sign that the customers will not be ripped off or schemed by AT&T when they were "sold" on the idea that the iPhone would be the most capable mobile device to ever see the light of day on the planet.
AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega, last week was opting for a "usage-based pricing" module toward data hogging customers. This created a huge underground surge of backlash amongst AT&T customers, feeling that they'd been scammed and lied to.
Fake Steve Jobs has came out as a popular leader of the Anti-AT&T movement, and responded "An American company creates a brilliant phone, and that company hands it to you, and gives you an exclusive deal to carry it and all you guys can do is complain about how much people want to use it."
His word's are nothing more than the truth, and many are supporting his call for reform at AT&T. For when the networks get clogged, and their profit margins are higher than they've ever been at any previous point in history, it's not the customers usage that needs to change, it's the AT&T network which needs to evolve.
AT&T is not happy about this influx of protest, responding in The Wall Street Journal that the claims by "Fake Steve Jobs" are an "irresponsible and pointless scheme to draw attention to a blog", and that there is nothing funny about attempting to cripple a huge network "that provides critical communications services for more than 80 million customers".
Regardless if AT&T is happy or not, the customers definitely are not. They do plan to launch "Operation Chokehold" on Friday, and it might be a devastating wake up call for the multi-billion dollar network known as AT&T. Only time can tell.
If you'd like to read more of "Fake Steve Jobs" blog, visit his site, http://www.fakesteve.net/
, where his rants are sure to rally many of the iPhone base against AT&T.
December 16th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
|posted by (2009-12-16 18:06:51)|
|Thanks, Obs. This is the type of article that really pisses me off. Over here we have ISP providers promising download speeds they know they can't deliver to, why? The "Its not our fault that people are using our no upload/download limit". Just imagine going to a buffet and the manager apologizing that they are out of food as people actually showed up to eat there. The manager would apologize and refund your money, not blame you for showing up as AT&T and the many other ISP's all around the world are doing, Blaming the user for using a service they paid for. I hope the iPhone users and the regular cell phone users bog down there system to the point that they are forced to spend some of that income on system upgrades instead of fat Christmas bonuses.|
|posted by (2009-12-16 18:38:27)|
|I personally don't have an iPhone and don't want one. I am not a person who needs to have web access away from home. BUT I AM an AT&T customer and we should not forget that there are people without iPhones who are also on the network. They too, should use their phones to do what ever they can to protest. For goodness sake do the math!! My phones (I have a family plan) costs me about $10 a day. Mulitply that by $80 million and you get $800 million A DAY!!! That is IF every customer pays $10 a day I think the vast majority of them, especially corporations and international customers, pay even more!! Do not tell me they cant afford to upgrade!!!!|
|posted by (2009-12-16 18:44:56)|
|P.S. "due to high resources being used by those whom paid for the service that it's bogging down their networks, and not allowing them to operate at maximum capacity." \|
And what exactly would they use maximum capacity FOR if no one could show up to use it???? Hmmm?????
|With multiple personal and business cell phones and the air card for my laptop, my networking bill is over $300 monthly, yet the 3G has delivered substandard results consistently.|
Regardless of Fake Steve's "personal" agenda, his point is valid. Increasing costs based on their own inefficiency and handing down those expenses to their customers is equivalent to a restaurant promising gourmet, serving junk food, blaming you for eating it, then charging you twice as much.
Thank you for yet another insightful and informative article, OBS. If anybody delivers the truth in news as promised, it's you.
|posted by (2009-12-16 20:29:47)|
|this is y I come to this site.... i get the best info that is there and the best uploads out there. thanks OBS.|
|makes me not want an iphone anymore, butttt there kinda awsome, so ima keep it ....now to decide what app to run hmmmmm ...thanks for the heads up obs...peace|
|hell im glad i have never bought an iphone.|
|no need to not use an iPhone, but... if you do, jailbreak that mofo, and use it on a better network like Verizon :D|
|If I had AT&T I'd be on the boat to overload the circuits, but I am on Verizon with a Droid phone. I HATE AT&T, I had them many years ago and the service was definitely sub-par... If Verizon all of a sudden decided to charge me due to their network sucking, I'd discontinue my service with them... That's what will ultimately hurt them most, Hit 'em in their WALLETS! I pay for a service, it better be provided as advertised!|
|I have a Droid as well. I first experienced the Android OS w/ the G1, and I absolutely loved it. I've been a huge fan ever since :D|
|ty for the read obs...always interesting to read ....don't have an i phone...don't want one either....perfectly happy to use my internet service on my comp instead of a phone... and this is the kind of article that definitely shows why|
|i hate cell phones i hope every cell phone user gets brain cancer just my opinion on this and any other cell phone related talk :P...hmmm population control ? not a bad idea ...10billion people dead over night = no more economic crisis ..so please if you have a cell phone abuse it so my family can eat|
|The article is great but i can't get over your avatar OBSCENE i keep going back and back . Talk about full capacity lol.|
|as a owner of many PDA's and a few of my own OMAP Processor based Creations. i may have not used the network, but the point is completely valid. you SHOULD get what you pay for, and AT&T Should have NO excuses with a billion dollar income they report....|
|posted by (2009-12-17 23:45:34)|
|A bit harsh don't you think nodurxshn. Try foodstamps.|
|# 13 Nodurxshn (2009-12-17 04:00:33)|
i hate cell phones i hope every cell phone user gets brain cancer just my opinion on this and any other cell phone related talk :P...hmmm population control ? not a bad idea ...10billion people dead over night = no more economic crisis ..so please if you have a cell phone abuse it so my family can eat
You're so cold. LoL. Entitled to your opinion none the less. I would never wish death upon anyone though, however.
|CLASSIC CASE OF WESTERN COMPANIES NOT INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE, WHILE IN THE EAST ISP'S AND STATE GOVERMENTS ACTUALLY WORK TOGETHER TO ENHANCE THE END USER EXPERIENCE, WHICH IS FAR BETTER IN THE EAST, ALTHOUGH THIS GAP WILL CLOSE AS NEW WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY BECOMES AVAILABLE, 100MBS WIRELESS CONNECTIONS ARE ALREADY BEING TESTED, SO THE NEW TRANSMITTER TECHNOLOGY WILL PROBABLY REPLACE MOST EXISTING COPPER WIRE AND FIBRE OPTIC TECH THATS OUT THERE AS WELL, PEOPLE NEED TO REALISE WE ARE AT THE START OF THE TECHNOLOGY AGE, GIVE IT TIME AND EVERYONE SHOULD GET DECENT UNLIMITED CONNECTIONS FOR ALMOST FREE, ALTHOUGH THATS WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT ELECTRICITY...LOOK HOW LONG THATS TOOK JUST TO REACH HALF THE WORLDS POPULATION !|
|AND BY THE WAY OBSCENE, YOUR ARTICLES ROCK MATE, LIKE YOUR STYLE AND OUTLOOK, KEEP IT UP, THE INTERNET IS A COMMUNITY, AND PEEPS LIKE YOU MAKE IT THAT COMMUNITY, YOUR A HEROE, AND THERE IS NO DOUBTING THAT, CHIN CHIN|
|thanks for the read - interesting attempt, was waiting for an info on the outcome. Anyone knows?||
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