Monday, December 28, 2009

AT&T resumes selling iPhones to NYC

It’s called capitulationHave you heard of it?

AT&T: NYC, you are not worthy

Daphne: Welcome to AT&T online Sales support. How may I assist you with placing your order today?

Laura: Hi, I was looking at the iPhone 3Gs and the system tells me that I cannot order one in my ZIP code. My zip code is 11231. (Brooklyn, NY) Is this true? Are iPhones no longer available in New York City?
Daphne: I am happy to be helping you today . Yes, this is correct the phone is not offered to you because New York is not ready for the iPhone.

Daphne: You don’t have enough towers to handle the phone.

Laura: Thank you for your help. So the phone is not available to people anywhere in the city?

Daphne: Yes this is correct Laura.

AT&T says lotsa fraud in NYC

Here’s the latest from The Consumerist.  AT&T says that NYC is a real target (all of a sudden) for fraud.  Money quote from Elizabeth, a very nice AT&T rep: “Sometimes popularity leads to people making poor decisions.” Ah, now I see.  Meanwhile, Twitter is bonkers on this.

Please shop for another phone

This gets better and better, eh?  If you’re in the Big Apple and want to buy an iPhone online- you get this message.  “Please shop for another phone.”  So what they’re saying is, “Sorry you want the most innovative handheld device the planet has ever seen..but you can’t have one.  Go look for a Blackberry or that new Nexus One next month.”

AT&T serves up another one for FSJ

You’d think AT&T would try to buff their PR a bit in the aftermath of O.C, right? Uh… no. Here’s the best quote from the new story that came to life last night: “AT&T customer-service representatives are telling callers that the Apple iPhone is not being sold online in New York City, and that this is a purposeful strategy to deal with coverage overload.

So when I saw this latest gaffe last night, I went to publish and sure enough, FSJ had just beat me to it.  Anyway.  Here’s a helpful link to the latest coverage on the Interweb, and there is a lot of it.  To be truthful, I’m a bit worried about FSJ on this- I think his head may explode.  

Thursday, December 10, 2009

AT&T considers screwing iPhone users even more

Here’s the problem: the iPhone sucks more bandwith out of an environment than a Dresden firestorm sucks oxygen. The iPhone is more popular than oxygen. Lot of iPhones sucking up the bandwith. What does AT&T wanna do? Improve the network so everyone can have seemless pleasant mobile experience? Naaaaaahhhhh! It’s wants punish its customers financially by restricting their data use.

Well played Randall, well played!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

AT&T is Verizon’s bitch

Read all about it.

I’m sure Jobs had the talk with Stephenson.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Can Your Network Do That?

Last night Apple strikes back subtly at Verizon and Droid, here and here. Which is way better than those AT&T postcard ads featuring Luke Wilson (I still love you, man!).

Monday, November 23, 2009

Commentards pile up on SJVN

SJVN posts about how Chrome OS will supplant Windows among the Joe Consumer crowd; the commentards (read Microsoft and Apple fan boys) pile up on him like a sandlot team. But SJVN is right. Chrome OS devices will succeed where other Linuxes failed because they will be appealing to the average consumer the way Microsoft once did. They don’t have to be perfect and the price is right. They’ll just works and that’s good enough. Look at the goddam Flip camera, fer chrissakes! The damn things are flying off shelves like free crack at a rehab palace. And they’re getting better. The supercheap HD versions make my old $599 handheld video camera

look like crap – which it is, come to think of it. Windows in some form will survive but only to support resource hogs like AutoCAD and Photoshop. In fact,  eventually, Microsoft will have to build its own machines to run Windows, ‘cos nobody will buy Windows to just run the internet from your device anymore. Soon after this comes to pass, someone will eventually kill Ballmer, and scream, “WAKE UP, PEOPLE!” to the employees, and come up with a version of Internet Explorer that runs like Chrome OS. By that time, it will probably be too late for Microsoft, it will move into another business or will implode upon itself. But don’t weep ‘softie fans – something more stupid, more evil and more single-minded

will rise from the ashes – it happened to AT&T didn’t it?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

AT&T comes to cloud services late to the game

AT&T enters the Great Game. And not a moment too soon. Sun Microsystems needs as much cash it can gets its hands on if freakin Eurotards squelches the Oracle deal. Oh well. Anything to entertain Randall Stephenson’s delusion he’s going to rule them all. He doesn’t realize he’s merely a Ring-wraith, and not even the Witch-King, at that, and when he least expects it, he’s going to get clobbered by a hobbit.