Archive for the ‘Carriers’ Category
  • Online iPhone purchases resume for NYC residents.
    by Mike
    Posted December 28th, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    Thankfully, *del*the fraud problems*/del* whatever caused AT&T; to stop online iPhone sales to NYC residents has been solved. Venturing over to AT&T;'s website and clicking the appropriate boxes will once again net you an iPhone no matter your zip code -- NYC residents included. Whether the "fraud problem" was actually eliminated or AT&T; fixed the imminent network problems in the area isn't known and probably never will be. At least hopeful New Yorkers can be at peace, let out a sigh of relief,...
  • AT&T responds: No online NYC iPhone sales because of “fraud”. [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted December 28th, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    **Update: They're back...(see below) If there was ever a more obscure and BS answer, this would definitely take the cake for #1. It was only yesterday that we found out about AT&T;'s blacklisting of any NYC online shoppers from ordering iPhones. The most obvious (and likely reason) to those with even a small shred of common sense is AT&T; performing some damage control. With the holidays no easing and iPhone usage still skyrocketing (as is data usage) something had to be done to keep AT&T;'s NY...
  • Nearly two years after the fact — AT&T CS Rep: “New York is not ready for iPhone”. iPhone not available for sale online w/ NYC zipcodes.
    by Mike
    Posted December 27th, 2009 at 6:55 pm
    The ongoing spiraling in a downward direction that AT&T;'s image is continually traveling is both sad and entertaining. Could it be my sadistic side finding pleasure in an enemies misfortunes? Who knows. What I do know however is that reports from Consumerist this fine Sunday evening detailing a new revelation in the AT&T;/iPhone drama are quite alarming to say the least. Go to Apple's or AT&T;'s website and try and order an iPhone with any NYC zipcode -- it won't work. Now try any other maj...
  • Verizon: “The iPhone will…err…if we had an iPhone, it would totally work better on our network.
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 1:05 pm
    The ever persistent iPhone/Verizon rumor comes and goes in what seems like monthly cycles. The rumors are brought on by god knows what as there are plenty of reasons and clues pointing both towards and away a CDMA iPhone for VZW. Of course, with AT&T;'s current plight, the case for a VZW bound iPhone is stronger than ever with VZW even letting a few of their own voice their own opinions, saying something along the lines that Verizon would rock the iPhone sooo much better. One exec in particula...
  • webOS training at VZW stores starts. Pre/Pixie launch can’t be too far off.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 10:21 pm
    Back when the Palm Pre was launched, Sprint boasted of their exclusive deal with Palm concerning webOS. (A lot of good that did them...) Verizon countered with an "end of year" release of webOS themselves. Obviously they were a bit too excited as Sprint ended up being correct -- that Verizon wasn't getting any webOS love until 2010. Well, 2010 is just around the corner and tonight we can now feast our eyes upon the very training documents VZW employees are currently consuming, prepping f...
  • US gets first commercial HSPA+ network thanks to BendBroadband. [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 6:44 am
    Here we are thinking that some big money making corporate machine such as AT&T; was going to launch the first HSPA+ network in the states. It takes money to put up and support all of the physical and digital mojo behind such a network which is why the obvious default to the countries largest GSM provider was a given -- or so we thought. Thanks to BendBroadband, a central Oregon cable company, the US does now in fact have the sweet, speedy waves of HSPA+ blanketing the fortunate few. Those luck...
  • AT&T responds to “Operation Chokehold” shenanigans. Typical copy/paste response included.
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 9:18 pm
    While Operation Chokehold may not be gaining the mass support the organizers would hope for, (so far fans on the Facebook Fan Page are only in the triple digits) it's nice to see that it's at least hitting home. AT&T; has responded tonight with the typical cookie cutter response your typical uneducated PR team is use to pumping out... We understand that fakesteve.net is primarily a satirical forum, but there is nothing amusing about advocating that customers attempt to deliberately degrade se...
  • 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, De...
  • Swedes and Norwegians first to experience public 4G LTE network.
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 10:40 am
    If you find yourself a Stockholm, Sweden or Oslo, Norway native, count yourself lucky as you're one of the very few cities to experience 4G/LTE goodness. The two cities' carrier -- TeliaSonera -- has taken the wraps off of their new next gen network which should offer those lucky enough to be graced with it's cellular presence, dramatically increased speeds over the now instantly obsolete 3G networks' rather meager 7.2Mbps cap. Proof is the puddin' however. Do any local residents care to shar...
  • AT&T: “We know how to fix our network — Overcharge and limit customers with oppressive data caps.”
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 3:04 pm
    AT&T; has got the greatest and most innovative, forward thinking plan to continue customer growth and carrier loyalty in the comming years -- limited data plans. AT&T; CEO Ralph de la Vega claims that a mere 3% of AT&T; data users are sucking up over 40% of the bandwidth. With as popular and widely avaialbe as the iPhone is as well as the sheer number of data hungry apps within the app store, that's not too hard to believe. But his "plan" for fixing the network is simply charging heavier users m...
  • AT&T actually fares better than Verizon in latest tests…?
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 5:09 am
    If there's one thing about wireless network tests, it's that they're constantly being conducted by various groups looking to disprove claims of their competitors while bolstering claims of their own. The last several months of my AT&T; contract were hell. Dropped calls increased by day, signal strength was abysmal, and rounding out the trifecta was a trip to a University of Michigan football game when I couldn't place a single call, text, or call up a web page all day -- even with five bars -- ...
  • FCC puts Verizon under the microscope for excessive cancellation fees and “accidental data fees”
    by Mike
    Posted December 4th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    Cancelling your cellphone contract use to come with a hefty fee of anywhere from $175 up to $200+. The carriers justified this fee by highlighting how customers buying subsidized phones and then canceling their contracts was killing their checkbooks. Then a revelation happened last year -- pro-rated cancellation fees starting at the same $175-$200 but decreasing by $5 each month were introduced meaning the longer you stayed in your contract, the lower the cancellation fee. It makes perfect se...
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