‘Operation Chokehold’ does nothing; AT&T network unaffected

Black Friday Apple Blowout VI“The appointed hour — Friday, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. PST — came and went and AT&T’s wireless had not been brought to its knees, despite the best efforts of thousands of Apple iPhone users,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“‘As far as I can tell, there’s been no impact at all,’ wrote Dan Lyons in The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs at 12:19 p.m. ‘My iPhone is working just the same as ever,'” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

“It was Lyons, writing as Fake Steve Jobs, who on Monday had encouraged iPhone owners to overwhelm AT&T’s network by turning on a data-intensive app and running it for an hour. Operation Chokehold, as he dubbed it, was intended as a protest against AT&T’s threatened imposition of data usage fees,” Elmer-DeWitt reports. “By Wednesday, after the FCC’s chief of homeland security bureau issued a stern warning, Lyons began to have second thoughts.”

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28 Comments

  1. AT&T;will have to charge for usage – like everyone else does everywhere else in the world…

    The network is designed as a shared resource. Those who use more of that resource should pay for it – else everyone else is paying for their usage…

  2. “The network is designed as a shared resource. Those who use more of that resource should pay for it – else everyone else is paying for their usage…”

    Tah Dahhhh

    I shouldn’t be penalized (can’t get on) because of the usage habits of others. Use it more, pay more. Simple.

  3. “As far as I can tell, there’s been no impact at all”

    Now, you need to try the opposite test. Have nobody use their network for an hour and see if there’s a difference… Then you can tell if the network is working as good as ever, or as crappy as ever…

  4. This is the exact same Daniel Lyons who authored that infamous 2005 Forbes article, which called bloggers a “lynch mob”. I guess he was just trying to make sure his earlier article was accurate.

    @ byronic – “AT&T will have to charge for usage – like everyone else does everywhere else in the world”… and by “everyone else” you’re apparently excluding O2 UK, along with the other carriers who don’t actually charge for usage. If you’re trying to make an argument for tiered pricing, you might want to start by checking your facts. Just a thought.

    MW: audience

  5. If AT&T;’s network is as bad as some say, what if your were in the normal area of dropped calls and fluctuating bars? How could your tell the dif? Maybe you might have thought the chokehold was a success and that that will teach AT&T;!

    Of course the real issue is that the Fake Steve, doesn’t command the same response as the Real Steve and definitely, or say a Rush Limbaugh crowd that has been known to melt servers or cripple US Captiol phone switchboards! Wonder what would have happen to AT&T;network if he so commanded?

  6. Not everyone thinks AT&T;’s service is bad. I don’t. But then again I don’t live in San Fran or NY. Still, AT&T;has been more reliable, faster and better customer service than Verizon for me. And I didn’t have to buy a phone crippled by Verizon so I’d have to pay them to do things the phone could do as manufactured. That alone will keep me from considering Verizon for a loooong time.

    Your mileage may vary…

  7. It only works if enough people KNOW about it. Regardless My phone seems to work just fine with the telemarketers and other people I don’t know calling it just fine. Just more grist for my Kill File with a silent ringtone. It can sit over there and vibrate itself silly for all I care. And here I was just sitting around unaware of such a “protest”.

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