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  (Source: The Huffington Post)

When one NYC iPhone customer complained that many of his calls were dropping, Apple informed him that his 22 percent drop rate was much better than its average NYC customer's 30 percent dropped call rate.  (Source: Gizmodo)
"It just works" -- Apple Inc.

Apple is famous for its advertising that its products are easy to use and problem free.  Thus, when it is confronted with problems in its products, it's perhaps predictable that it would get a bit defensive.  It often glosses over complaints or stretches the definition of the word "working".  Despite some signs that it was turning a corner, responding to hard drive issues on its MacBook Pros, a recent report from Gizmodo indicates more of the same.

A customer named Manoj Gupta took his iPhone to the local Apple Genius Bar when he became frustrated with its tendency to frequently drop his calls.  The Genius Bar gave Mr. Gupta some good news -- his iPhone was perfectly fine and working and needed no repairs.

The bad news?  The phone dropped over 22 percent of the calls it made in the test routine.  But the Genius Bar printout reassured Mr. Gupta that 22 percent call drop rates were actually quite good -- and that most of AT&T's iPhone customers have 30 percent or more of their calls drop.

Granted, Apple may be getting more than the fair share of its criticism for this egregious claim, but its lack of concern and its customers plight and its decision to partner with AT&T, whose network is obviously not up to snuff, are an invitation to such critique.  As for AT&T, it seems hard to believe that it will be able to retain many customers in areas where its dropping 30 percent of their calls.  While call drop rates are traditionally higher in New York City, they're seldom that high.

AT&T is offering a solution to their customers -- buy their own 3G hotspot for $150.  AT&T will soon be rolling out its MicroCell, a femtocell device that will offer a bubble of 3G coverage.  It is unclear, though, whether customers will be required to subscribe to one of AT&T's unlimited calling bundles ($20/month) to use the device.

AT&T and Apple are confident that their customers will stick with them -- even if they drop 30 percent of their calls in some areas.  And AT&T feels that it is giving customers plenty of options, allowing them to subscribe to an extra service to help fix the shortcomings of its network.

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Aplle/ATT's own RROD?
By Manch on 9/30/2009 8:13:35 PM , Rating: 3
If it's dropping 30% that's BS. What I want to know is if other handsets on ATT are having the same drop rate. Microsoft got the riot act for the RROD and rightly so. @ 30% where's the outrage towards Apple/ATT?

RE: Aplle/ATT's own RROD?
By inighthawki on 9/30/2009 10:23:03 PM , Rating: 2
i dont have a smart phone nor using any 3G stuff or anything like that, but i have a RAZR on the AT&T network (for several years now) and i have only had about one dropped call ever. The service is excellent for me and the only places I can't get service are in places where many phones don't (IE garages or underground rooms, etc)

So all of the iphones do this, not just the 3g ones for example, then it's probably not AT&T, since i've had excellent coverage in Ohio and NY state

RE: Aplle/ATT's own RROD?
By Jalek on 10/18/2009 12:42:39 AM , Rating: 2
Similar here, my RAZR was solid on AT&T.
My iPhone had a couple of dropped calls on 3.0, then there was a point release not long ago, and it was dropping most calls. You could sit still and watch it go from full bars to zero and drop the call, stay with no signal for 20-30 seconds, then go back to full bars again.

The current version's doing ok, I suspect that was an Apple issue rather than AT&T's service. I also have a blackberry on Verizon and it hasn't dropped a call yet, though coverage isn't substantially better or worse.

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