AT&T responds to so-called ‘Operation Chokehold’

Black Friday Apple Blowout - Part IIIVia his on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again, on-again blog, Dan Lyons, aka “Fake Steve Jobs,” is calling on disgruntled AT&T customers to bring AT&T’s data network “to its knees” at 12 noon PST this Friday, December 18.

Leander Kahney reports for Cult of Mac, “The action is in protest of comments made by a company executive that some iPhone users are using too much data.”

Kahney reports, “Contacted by, an AT&T spokesman said: ‘We understand that 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.'”

“The AT&T spokesman doubted the action — if it goes ahead — will have much effect,” Kahney reports. “There’s only about 300 participants committed to take part, according to a Facebook fan page set up for the event.”

Full article here.

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  1. Dan Lyons is an idiot.

    Anybody concerned about mobile service should read Kathy Huberty’s (Morgan Stanley) report on mobile usage.

    No other carrier could have handled the sudden influx of data usage as well as ATT has. Yes there are problems, but if you were a Verizon customer you’d be ready to slit your wrists in frustration. CDMA is a voice network. It handles data poorly, simultaneous voice/data not at all, and the same influx of data users that the iPhone generated, would bring it to its knees.

  2. Fake SteveJobs is funny, but that is irrelevant to “operation chokehold.” If I were AT&T;, I would be very vigilant about the network this Friday, 12/18, and very very careful about what they say.

    I would definitely not have said that we doubt that it will have any effect because only 300 people have committed to it on Facebook. These stunts have a history of going viral and daring techies and their ilk usually results in much greater numbers of participants than anticipated or predicted.

    Be very careful, AT&T;! Be ready….

  3. @ pr

    Burger King wouldn’t hire Lyons because their jobs requires some level of common sense and self awareness the two traits that Lyons lacks.

    The Obama or next Bush administration might find a position for him on the White House Janitorial staff or a Cabinet Post same requirements.

  4. So, he’s going to protest an accusation that iPhone users use too much data by organizing an angry mob of iPhone users to use too much data, thereby proving the otherwise irrelavent comments by a forgettable executive to be completely true.

    Nice going, Forrest.

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