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  (Source: The Huffington Post)
"Keep in line and don't get a fine" -- may be AT&T's new order of business in order to try to keep its network afloat

It's no secret that AT&T's network leaves something to be desired.  AT&T admits that geographic coverage is poor, but insists that 75 percent of customers have "access" to 3G coverage. 

However, in certain cities the situation is reportedly particularly dire, with an Apple store in New York City reporting 30 percent dropped call rates to be the norm.  As DailyTech's Shane McGlaun comments in a recent blog about AT&T's initiative to roll out an app to identify regions of poor coverage: "All I can say is that I hope AT&T has a server with lots of storage space because near as I can tell the service sucks everywhere."

Now AT&T may be resorting to a new plan to try to stretch its struggling 3G network -- fining iPhone users that use too much data.  Wait, isn't part of the iPhone data plan access to unlimited data transfer?  Yes, that is the case, but it turns out that AT&T is considering plans to make "unlimited" mean "don't use too much or we'll fine you".

The issue was plans were let slip by
AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega at the UBS conference in New York.  He complained that 3 percent of the iPhone users are using 40 percent of the bandwidth.  He complains that these bandwidth hogs are feasting on such forbidden fruit as streaming music and video and that his network just can't keep up.

He says that his company plans to force the users to "reduce or modify their usage." He describes, "We've got to get them to understand what represents a megabyte of data."

Wired.com's Epicenter blog suggests that AT&T instead stop selling iPhones in San Francisco and New York, or at least stop selling  the Major League Baseball app, which streams live baseball games to users’ phones.  As the blog points out, the app is quite popular and may be straining the sports-fan-packed networks of NYC and San Fransisco.  No need to fine, just cut the app, they suggest.

AT&T took issue to the negative tone of some of the pieces on the topic and pointed out that it will have spent close to $20B USD in 2009 to upgrade its network.  DailyTech recently had a chance to interview the company about its problems -- you can check that out here.

In other news, there's renewed hope that the iPhone could land on Verizon's U.S. network in 2010.  A Piper Jaffray analyst cited that he was 70 percent sure of a Verizon iPhone in 2010.


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Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By MrSmurf on 12/9/2009 10:58:31 PM , Rating: -1
Keep it up Dailytech...




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By bbomb on 12/9/09, Rating: -1
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By cmdrdredd on 12/9/09, Rating: -1
RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By Chapbass on 12/10/2009 1:02:09 AM , Rating: 2
If by "hate" you mean "love", then yes, dailytech hates on apple every minute possible...

Please note Jason Micks holiday wish list article/blog from today. Hating away like no tomorrow...


RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By Chaser on 12/10/2009 9:36:15 AM , Rating: 5
Spoken like a true smartphone genius that probably spend no more than 3 minutes at a Verizon store while beaming on the inside with your iPhone in your pocket.

I just went to a DROID from an iPhone 3G. If you can't comfortably operate a DROID after owning an iPhone you truly are permanently attached to Steve Job's tit and are a prime example of a Apple mind numb robot that has a very limited scope of technology. You found your home. Stay connected to the matrix and all is harmonius.


RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By cmdrdredd on 12/10/2009 4:37:55 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
poken like a true smartphone genius that probably spend no more than 3 minutes at a Verizon store while beaming on the inside with your iPhone in your pocket. I just went to a DROID from an iPhone 3G. If you can't comfortably operate a DROID after owning an iPhone you truly are permanently attached to Steve Job's tit and are a prime example of a Apple mind numb robot that has a very limited scope of technology. You found your home. Stay connected to the matrix and all is harmonius.


A monkey could figure out the iPhone in 3 minutes. The Droid? Not so much, plus read every review. The supposed 5 megapixel camera is actually of lesser quality than the iPhone, the app store sux, data storage space sucks, the interface for music and videos sucks. You like it because it's Verizon and nothing more. Just admit it. The iPhone is the better device hands down, simply people don't like AT&T so they lump the iPhone in with what's wrong with ATT which is wrong.


RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By Zertzydoo on 12/9/09, Rating: -1
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By mikeyD95125 on 12/10/09, Rating: -1
RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By n0ebert on 12/10/2009 10:26:20 AM , Rating: 3
If you were one of those 30% of users, I doubt you would have such a perspective.

Wouldn't it be more prudent to continue to post about the failings of AT&T's service until they improve it? 30% is no small number and it's not something that should simply be 'swept under the rug'.

AT&T needs to stop reading comcasts playbook and focus on revamping their infrastructure, not punish customers who utilize the features to their full extent.


RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By CrazyBernie on 12/9/2009 11:06:28 PM , Rating: 3
When you talk big, but can't deliver... you get bashed. Don't like the bashing, or pehaps just plain bias? Stay away from pretty much any news source.


RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By Schadenfroh on 12/9/2009 11:07:45 PM , Rating: 5
Dailytech will stop bashing AT&T when they no longer deserve to be bashed. Fortunately for those of us who hate AT&T, they have done enough to earn bashing for the next several decades.


RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By cmdrdredd on 12/10/09, Rating: 0
RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By jstchilln on 12/9/2009 11:27:12 PM , Rating: 5
I guess Unlimited doesnt mean Unlimited.
NEW AT&T Commercial
AT&T now offering Limited Unlimited Data service for a limited time.

Maybe they expect their user to throw a post card like the Bozo in their lame commercials.
Verizon not only has the best service but they are kicking a-- in the commercials to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2mCFQuFWPY


RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By Samus on 12/10/2009 12:46:44 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think you guys realize this, but half the staff at DT use an iPhone and a Mac Book. I don't think there is any bias information here, everything is factual and their job as journalists is to inform.


RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By StevoLincolnite on 12/10/09, Rating: -1
RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By rs1 on 12/10/2009 3:54:59 AM , Rating: 2
It's not "bashing" if they deserve it.


RE: Yay More AT&T Bashing...
By Griswold on 12/10/2009 6:51:42 AM , Rating: 1
Do you happen to work for that pile of horseshit called a telco?


By StraightCashHomey on 12/10/2009 8:37:56 AM , Rating: 2
It's funny how everyone criticizes the bloggers here for how shitty of a job they're doing. It's even funnier that everyone keeps reading and keeps complaining about it.

I think you bitchers secretly can't get enough. It's like watching a porno with obese women - you act like you're going to turn it off, but you just gotta see what happens next.


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