AT&T to Fake Steve: Go on, punk, make my day


It’s he said/she said time, where maybe like Fake Steve is the She and maybe like AT&T is the he. So like Fake Steve was all like “Let’s send nasty texts about AT&T! And then we’ll mess with them on Friday.” And then AT&T is all like “No way! Nobody does that to me!” Hilarity ensues!

We understand that is primarily a satirical forum, but there is nothing amusing about advocating that customers attempt to deliberately degrade service on a network that provides critical communications services for more than 80 million customers. We know that the vast majority of customers will see this action for what it is: an irresponsible and pointless scheme to draw attention to a blog.

Then Fake Steve is all like:

I think the reason people are so angry goes beyond AT&T and the iPhone. I think the anger stems from the fact that we’re living in the United States, which used to be considered a First World country, and yet we’re dealing with a wireless system that feels like something you’d find in Port-au-Prince during hurricane season. In fact the developing world is racing past us, building out new wireless networks while we’re stuck with this POS legacy infrastructure run by POS legacy behemoths that either can’t or won’t bring it up to snuff.

His real point? That AT&T needs to step it up. Their expenditures on network is down 30% in the past two years while data revenue is up 80%. That means they’re making lots of money selling the same data that they’re asking folks to use sparingly. I’ve spent more on two lines of AT&T service since the launch of the iPhone than I ever did with T-Mobile and now, in addition to massive data costs when roaming I can’t get calls in New York and San Francisco, let alone out in Columbus where my parents live.

I think Chokehold is a joke. AT&T is designed to handle this kind of run on bandwidth for a few hours but the fact is that it can’t handle extended use by a large number of people over the course of a few more hours is an embarrassment at best.

A&TT has to fix this.