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AT&T stops selling the iPhone in New York City

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by 2muchcoffeeman, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    We must emphasize that we are not making this up. According to an AT&T tech-support minion, "New York is not ready for the iPhone. You don't have enough towers to handle the iPhone."

    http://consumerist.com/2009/12/att-customer-service-new-york-city-is-not-ready-for-the-iphone.html

    No, this is not a surprise: AT&T Network Struggling In iPhone-Dense Urban Areas & Customers Angered as iPhones Overload AT&T & Apple Genius says 30 percent iPhone call-drop rate is average in New York

    By late this afternoon, AT&T told its minions to say that iPhone orders had been cut off to New York City due to "increased fraudulent activity in that area when ordering the iPhone."

    http://www.gearlog.com/2009/12/att_nixes_online_iphone_sales.php

    That laughter you hear in the background is probably a bunch of Verizon executives looking at maps.
     
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    I've read studies that say it's actually the iPhone having problems connecting w/AT&T's service. AT&T's service is rated as the best when using devices other than the iPhone.
     
  3. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Probably because iPhone users are gobbling up more bandwidth.
     
  4. Smash Williams

    Smash Williams Well-Known Member

    Read the same thing (I believe in the NYTimes) about it being an iPhone problem and not an AT&T problem, but since AT&T has no interest in jeopardizing its relationship with Apple won't say so.
     
  5. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Before the iPhone -- and even more so since -- Verizon had much more reliable service in the NYC area than AT&T. I can't speak for anywhere else in the country, except for times traveling. I know people with an iPhone who also have a second phone with Verizon, for reliable service.
     
  6. derwood

    derwood Active Member

    I use a 3G Blackberry on ATT in NYC - it used be horrible and now it is getting worse. My phone goes into network search mode in Manhattan and its battery is drained in two hours, works perfectly elsewhere. Thankfully, I can disable 3G on my BB otherwise I would need to charge it five times a day.
     
  7. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Good. I've hated AT&T since Dec. 2002. The T-Mobile MyTouch is working great, though. Come on over!
     
  8. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    Love my iPhone, hate the service -- but only, strangely, the AT&T phone service. Data is actually pretty good. But I live on top of a hill in a major city. If I can't talk on the phone, who can?
     
  9. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Almost everyone I know hates the service on their iPhones. I was thinking about getting one when I upgrade soon, but now I'm not so sure.
     
  10. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    That was an AT&T executive making excuses, if I recall correctly. And AT&T's service is rated as best only by AT&T.

    My iPhone works great on T-Mobile. :)
     
  11. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    I love my Iphone. I was a huge Verizon fanboi so it took a lot of convincing from colleagues to get me to switch; glad I did. I actually get better reception at 1 of my residences, and equal reception at the second. I can't remember the last time I dropped a call while commuting.

    FWIW just heard about 5 minutes ago on CNBC that analysts predict the AT&T exclusivity deal with Apple runs out in the 3rd quarter, so look for Iphone to go to Verizon in the summer of 2010.
     
  12. Appgrad05

    Appgrad05 Active Member

    I love my iPhone. Have had no problems with it at all, other than my stepsons draining the battery by playing games for several hours.
     
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