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AT&T: Fake Steve's "operation chokehold" is irresponsible

updated 11:55 pm EST, Tue December 15, 2009

Blogger calls for network overload on Friday

AT&T has responded to Fake Steve Jobs' call for iPhone users to work together in an attempt to overload the carrier's data network at noon on Friday, according to Cult of Mac. An AT&T spokesman criticized the protest, claiming it was totally irresponsible and simply an attempt to bring more readers to the blog, which is written under the Fake Steve pseudonym by Newsweek's Dan Lyons.

The protest, known as "Operation Chokehold," apparently started as a joke, following in-line with the satirical style of the Fake Steve blog. The call to action poked fun at AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega's recent suggestion that his company may change its data services to mitigate heavy use by certain users, a group presumed to be dominated by iPhone owners.

"On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees," Fake Steve's post reads. "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."

"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," the AT&T spokesman said. "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."

Although there is already a dedicated Facebook page for the plans, AT&T does not expect the overload attempts to have much effect on the network.




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  1. SCslugger

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Too bad

    I all ready left AT&T.

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Totally unnecessary...

    AT&T's network is already overloaded in normal daily use.

  1. nitram_again

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Nemo!

    It's just like Finding Nemo when all the tuna swim together to break free from the net. Or maybe it isn't.

  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Working Together

    It is a setup. AT&T will withstand the assault with flying colors. I can see the coming advertisement copy now.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    thanks for the free publicity suckers

    why would AT+T bother with small fries like Fake Steve?

    Poor AT+T, the iPhone is a runaway success and they can't deal with it. Thank your lucky stars that Apple is seriously considering ending the exclusivity deal, or AT+T would be sticking iPhone users with a $5 or $10 increase in the data plan's monthly fee.

    I guess AT+T would prefer to just sit back and collect that $100 a month rather than adequately invest in their network. I am also betting that they see their exclusivity ending eventually, and they don't want to overinvest in a network which is going to see a substantial drop in traffic if iPhone users are not shotgun-wedded to them.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Agree..

    I agree, irrisponsible!

    - A

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    What's irresponsible...

    ...is AT&T already taking an extra $30 per month per iPhone user for allegedly unlimited access and then crying that they may have to charge still more for people who actually attempt to use it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: What's irresponsible...

    ...is AT&T already taking an extra $30 per month per iPhone user for allegedly unlimited access and then crying that they may have to charge still more for people who actually attempt to use it.


    Good god people iphone users are a bunch of whiners.

    If you go and look at ANY phone ATT sells, you're paying $30 for a data plan. You are NOT being singled out because you're an iPhone user. All those Blackberry and WinMo and the rest pay the same damn price. And yet it's the iPhone users who feel they're being suckered.

    Guess what, you could just NOT get the damn phone, thus not paying that 'exorbidant' price.

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    a few thoughts...

    1. Fake Steve is betting highly on first amendment protections regarding parody.. talk of "bringing down a network" could easily lead to civil or criminal prosecution.. not very bright..

    but

    2. If anything people do on Friday does "bring down the network", AT&T is damn near criminally negligent. There's simply no reason a network should be that fragile.

    Alternatives for people that want to complain, but not risk AT&T cutting off their service after this operation?

    Download the FREE AT&T "Mark the Spot" app and spend some time Friday (or the rest of the month) making a point to send AT&T feedback on any REAL problems you are having.

    Or, look up what local or state offices over-see consumer protection and file complaints about AT&T selling services they CAN'T PROVIDE...

    Yes, it may feel like masturbating w/ sand paper, and may not accomplish much more, but it will surly accomplish more than Operation Choke Hold, and won't risk getting your service canceled...

    I'm relatively happy w/ my iPhone on AT&T. AT&T is the only provider in this area that gives me a full signal in both my home, and office. But, even after almost 18 months of paying $30/mo for 3G service, we still only have EDGE for 100 miles in any direction of me. Come Jan 1, I'll be calling once a week to inquire about a refund equal to what I should be paying (what orig. iPhone EDGE users pay/paid, $20/mo data) AT&T shouldn't be allowed to sell services they can't provide. I'll also be calling the state offices regarding consumer protection..

    Be well all

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: a few thoughts

    1. Fake Steve is betting highly on first amendment protections regarding parody.. talk of "bringing down a network" could easily lead to civil or criminal prosecution.. not very bright..

    Exactly how does suggesting everyone use their phone at the same time lead to prosecution? Esp. criminal prosecution. What law is being violated? (Well, these days, who needs to actually know what law is being violated before arresting someone, right. Just claim its for the 'public well-being' or something).

    Although, ATT's network comes down often enough as it is I don't see why one needs to do this, let alone what it is supposed to accomplish. If you see a news headline on Friday that says "ATT's network goes down" will you be surprised or shocked than if you read it any other day?

    But this is what happens when people get their hands on jailbroken iPhones! Steve warned us all!

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