Earlier this week, I posted about how AT&T is whining that people who have iPhones want to like, use them and stuff and that's causing them to have to put hard earned profits into shoring up their network. A waaahmbulance may have been called.
Consumerist posted about Operation Chokehold- editor Ben Popken, like me, can't seem to make a phone call in New York. Apparently, we're not the only ones, because a fed up Fake Steve Jobs called for users to implement "Operation Chokehold" to teach AT&T a lesson about withholding bandwidth. The staged "digital disobedience" is scheduled for this Friday at 3pm EST, noon Pacific. Participants are organizing through a Facebook group, and plan to simultaneously use data-heavy applications to strangle AT&T's already weak data network:
Subject: Operation ChokeholdWhile some users are already complaining that the "digital flash mob" will impact everyone on the network Friday, the fact remains that AT&T users signed a contract (with heavy ETFs) in exchange for a service. We should all be able to use the service we pay for, which includes unlimited data, whenever the hell we want to- even if our friends plan on using it at the same time. At this point, I'd personally be thrilled if I could make a phone call without getting the dreaded "call failed" screen, much less watch a YouTube video on the iPhone I pay well over $100 for the privilege of not being able to use every month.
On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. THe idea is we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!
Cult of Mac posted a response from AT&T downplaying the threat of a few people using YouTube on their iPhones at the same time:
We understand that fakesteve.net 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.AT&T has also hinted that services like 911 will be adversely impacted if enough users participate but again I posit- isn't it their problem to ensure we can connect to emergency services? What if one of my kids starts choking or my house catches fire on a day where a particularly popular video of a cat riding a segway is being passed around, am I just SOL?