Operation Chokehold going down 12pm (PST) this Friday, December 18th.

by Mike
Posted December 15th, 2009 at 8:04 am

Sick of AT&T’s wasted dollars spent on stupid advertisements, constant complaints on poor network performance being blamed on “faulty hardware”, and voicing attempts to “educate customers”? You’re not alone. Granted most of the iPhone toting crowd will never stumble upon any tech blog, those who do can at least take action. “Operation Chokehold” was coined by the “Fake Steve” (aka Dan Lyons) to highlight AT&T’s utter failure in the mobile sphere. The requirements are simple: This Friday, December 18th at 12pm (PST), all iPhone users are encouraged to fire up the most data intensive apps they have and start the download/streaming/data sucking away. AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega is either incredibly naive or incredibly stupid judging by his choice of words late last week, claiming that he and his posse were going to “educate iPhone users as to the proper ways of using their smartphones”. Right. Bring the network to it’s knees guys.

Some may call out such attempts as childish, stupid, and juvenile. For that all I can say is you are missing the point. AT&T is a big corporate entity that doesn’t give a damn about end users. So often end users are told to stand up to corporate wrongdoings in any way that they can. Much like some groups march in protest for a particular belief, iPhone users can take the digital march of their own to the airwaves. Emails, posts on support forums and other traditional methods of customer outlets won’t dissuade AT&T in the slightest or get their attention. However, a massive customer revolt bringing down their fragile network to it’s knees should clearly get the message across — customers won’t be blamed for AT&T’s faults.

It is you Mr. de la Vega that needs an education. Fix your damn network!

Per Fake Steve:

Subject: Operation Chokehold
On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. THe idea is we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!

CrunchGear > Fake Steve

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  • Boca Neil
    December 16, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I agree that AT&T needs to be punished for providing sub standard to the customers that are paying the most for their service. We bought our smartphones to have Internet Portability and he wants to limit our use of the Internet. Time to pull de la Vega’s head from his ass.

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