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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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Lol
By spathotan on 12/9/2009 11:21:23 PM , Rating: 3
Posting this from my MyTouch, on T-Mobile, with unlimited data for $30 a month, connected to 3G, while downloading 4 apps, while running Pandora, without any fines.




RE: Lol
By TheMan876 on 12/9/2009 11:44:05 PM , Rating: 4
I hope you're not bashing AT&T or else MrSmurf might start to cry.


RE: Lol
By DEVGRU on 12/10/09, Rating: 0
RE: Lol
By dtm4trix on 12/10/2009 2:30:43 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Can you say: "Class Action Lawsuit" boys and girls?


After reading this article I was thinking the same exact thing.

I really hope Verizon can get the iPhone. AT&T sucks ball sack. I really can't wait to get rid of my AT&T contract.


RE: Lol
By hyvonen on 12/10/2009 3:48:52 PM , Rating: 2
Absolutely - this is class action lawsuit material. Unlike the "tethering is not allowed" thingy (spelled out in the Terms and Conditions), using the phone with regular, sanctioned apps should be OK, and it's ATT's problem if the network can't handle it.

Whiners. Upgrade your frigging network with your massive profits.


RE: Lol
By MrBlastman on 12/11/2009 10:27:59 AM , Rating: 5
Instead of suing, here's an idea... just leave AT&T and join another carrier. Lawyers don't get rich this way while you get little recourse and everyone wins when AT&T figures out their losing customers by the millions.


RE: Lol
By kufeifie on 12/15/2009 9:02:50 PM , Rating: 1
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RE: Lol
By kufeifie on 12/15/09, Rating: 0
RE: Lol
By kufeifie on 12/15/2009 10:10:57 PM , Rating: 1
Christmas gifts come in to pick:
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handbag$35
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RE: Lol
By ksherman on 12/9/2009 11:51:05 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, but you can't make a phone call at the same time!


RE: Lol
By mcnabney on 12/10/2009 12:04:53 AM , Rating: 2
He's using T-Mobile, only US Cellular has a smaller network.


RE: Lol
By weskurtz0081 on 12/10/2009 9:39:12 AM , Rating: 2
I get better coverage on Tmobile in some places than I get on AT&T.


RE: Lol
By Gwoben on 12/10/2009 10:41:09 AM , Rating: 1
I have seen plenty of places where AT&T had coverage and Verizon did not as well as the opposite (have phones from both providers between me and my wife). It would be fair to compare AT&T and Verizon coverage, but T-mobile is just a different league - it is non-existing outside of big cities.


RE: Lol
By weskurtz0081 on 12/10/2009 10:50:33 AM , Rating: 3
Really? I was at our family ranch when I had strong T-Mobile coverage, and it's more than an hour from any major city, some say it's out in the sticks. In the main house, AT&T has bad coverage, T-Mobile has good coverage.

I am not saying they have better coverage than AT&T, but saying it is non-existing outside of large cities is clearly not true.


RE: Lol
By AEvangel on 12/10/2009 11:31:21 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
AT&T and Verizon coverage, but T-mobile is just a different league - it is non-existing outside of big cities.


Um....for standard signal they use the same towers? So to say you had signal with Verizon and or At&t but not with t-mobile is silly since basic cell service works on both networks.


RE: Lol
By mezman on 12/10/2009 4:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
Got that right. I have the T-Mob with my G1 and the coverage in the Denver area is spotty for sure. 3G coverage is very, very small.


RE: Lol
By sprockkets on 12/10/2009 12:11:13 AM , Rating: 2
Uh, yes he can, both Att and T-Mobile use the same technology.

T-Mobile also relies on GSM coverage too from Att.


RE: Lol
By piroroadkill on 12/10/2009 4:40:32 AM , Rating: 2
Wrong. Only CDMA/EV-DO (Verizon) has this problem. Not GSM/GPRS/UMTS/Edge


RE: Lol
By Chaser on 12/10/09, Rating: -1
RE: Lol
By Alexstarfire on 12/10/2009 9:46:40 AM , Rating: 2
Cause they don't have an iPhone?


RE: Lol
By Totally on 12/10/2009 10:35:56 AM , Rating: 2
*Cough* Sprint *Cough**Cough*


RE: Lol
By spathotan on 12/10/2009 7:40:56 AM , Rating: 4
Sorry, would have replied to this sooner but I was cycling through all my songs and videos on my 16gb storage, and accepted a call, which paused my music, which instantly resumed when I hung up on the call.


RE: Lol
By jonmcc33 on 12/10/2009 8:11:06 AM , Rating: 2
So how is your phone reception? Last time I used T-Mobile 3 years ago I had dropped calls and lack of signal everywhere I went.


RE: Lol
By spathotan on 12/10/2009 9:05:25 AM , Rating: 2
Where I live and work its good, 3-4 bars and 3g. However its spotty when I get "away" from the city/business districts


RE: Lol
By Denigrate on 12/10/2009 12:23:49 PM , Rating: 2
No 3G service in Wichita, KS with T-Mobile, but I have zero problems with dropped calls, and I only have a prepaid phone with them. Routinely drive between Wichita and Dallas with no coverage drops.


RE: Lol
By weskurtz0081 on 12/10/2009 2:25:47 PM , Rating: 2
My girlfriend has been using Tmobile for about 6-7 years, I have had both. The coverage difference isn't that great. In some places she will lose her signal, and in other places she will have a much better signal than me (out in the country). In the city the coverage is no different really.


RE: Lol
By mmntech on 12/10/2009 8:57:54 AM , Rating: 3
Ha, you guys are lucky. I'm paying $25 for a measly 500mb on Fido Canada. :p

I'm calling shenanigans on AT&T for this one. How much can you honestly download using your cell, that is unless you're tethering. Don't those people already pay more to begin with?


RE: Lol
By vapore0n on 12/15/2009 2:40:23 PM , Rating: 2
Here is an example

streaming 128kbps music for 1 hr nets about 57MB.

But, if 3% of the Iphone customers can use up 40% of the total network bandwidth, that says much about how bad their network infrastructure is.


RE: Lol
By Chaser on 12/10/2009 9:17:04 AM , Rating: 2
You and 1 other person in your calling area.


RE: Lol
By spathotan on 12/10/2009 11:31:26 AM , Rating: 2
Don't be bitter.


RE: Lol
By Sanchez1986 on 12/10/09, Rating: -1
RE: Lol
By Sungpooz on 12/11/2009 10:58:30 AM , Rating: 3
I actually quickly forwarded the link to this article to all my co-workers in 4 taps just now while at a red light with the turn-by-turn voice navigation still active on my MyTouch (T-Mobile).

And have time to post before the light turns green.


RE: Lol
By kkuulr on 12/12/09, Rating: -1
RE: Lol
By aqaq55 on 12/15/09, Rating: 0
RE: Lol
By kufeifie on 12/15/2009 9:15:45 PM , Rating: 2
Christmas gifts come in to pick:
=====h t t p : / / w w w . b h s h o e . c o m====
jewerly $20
ugg boots$50
jordan shoes$32
handbag$35
h t t p : / / w w w . b h s h o e . c o m


RE: Lol
By kufeifie on 12/15/2009 9:43:29 PM , Rating: 2
Christmas gifts come in to pick:
=====h t t p : / / w w w . b h s h o e . c o m====
jewerly $20
ugg boots$50
jordan shoes$32
handbag$35
h t t p : / / w w w . b h s h o e . c o m


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