AT&T planning on going after those “unlimited” iPhone users

Ralph de la Vega, head of AT&T’s wireless division, said AT&T is planning on going after the “small percentages” of iPhone users who have the nerve to steam video and music over their piss-poor network to “reduce or modify their usage so they don’t crowd out the other customers in those same cell sites.”

Quoting from an article on Cnet
, Ralph says… “what’s driving usage on the network and driving these high usage situations are things like video, or audio that keeps playing around the clock… And so we’ve got to get to those customers and have them recognize that they need to change their pattern, or there will be other things that they are going to have to do to reduce their usage.”

In other words, instead of getting up off their fat greedy butts and actually going out and spending money to improve their busted and topped-off network, they’re going to take the easy way out and charge their customers more. Those same customers who signed up on their unlimited plan because they apparently misunderstood the word “unlimited” and are actually using their iPhones in an unlimited manner!

The Cnet article also says that all the “unlimited” iPhone use is… “clogging the network, causing many iPhone users, especially in large cities such as New York and San Francisco, to experience dropped calls, slow 3G service, and issues connecting to the network at all.”

Small wonder AT&T was named in Consumer Reports magazine as “the worst carrier in the United States.” Far below Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Hey AT&T! Instead of going after us “unlimited” users who like to use our iPhones as they were designed, how about fixing that no good network you have! Then maybe some of your customers won’t leave you when their contract is up and jump to Verizon when they get the iPhone in the third quarter of 2010!

As Craig Ferguson would say… “Ah! ha! ha! I made myself laugh.”

Hey Apple. If you’re paying attention, you really need to put the screws to AT&T for this. When Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs for AT&T says in a published article that “we will have to start telling wireless customers that they can’t do all the things they want to do with their devices”, you guys need to find a better partner to dance with.

Here’s the link to the CNET article

And here’s the link to the Consumer Reports article

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