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Fake Steve Jobs Declares War on AT&T This Friday

chaos-erupts-newspaper AT&T is starting to get a following of haters recently since they attacked iPhone users by claiming they are the reason their network is in such bad shape. Fake Steve Jobs is trying to rally iPhone users together for what they are calling Operation Chokehold. Their plan is to teach AT&T a lesson on Friday December 18th at noon PST by bringing AT&T’s network to its knees.


Subject: Operation Chokehold – On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. The idea is we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!

Looks like Fake Steve is taking a page out of the Anarchists Cookbook on this one. I am not sure if taking down the AT&T network is such an ideal goal since it is struggling along as it is but who knows. I am just curious to know if any BlackBerry users will be participating… Or if we should just be pissed off by these iPhone users making our network perform even worse than usual. Let us know in the comments!

via Mashable

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  1. So if I understand this call to action correctly, he wants iPhone users to use their phones as they normally would on Friday.

    Kidding aside, while I might appreciate the desire of iPhone users to punish AT&T for hurting their feelings, I do not appreciate the notion that I would be collateral damage in this effort at righteous retribution, particularly in the middle of a business day.

  2. It’s a bad time for damage control at AT&T. They really are looking at everyone to blame (Verizon, iPhone users, etc…) but themselves for infrastructure problems.

  3. Huh… I would have thought this, much like a DoS attack, is illegal. As a matter of fact, I’m going to go ahead and say I bet it is. Good luck if/when this does happen at this idiot’s direction and AT&T legal comes knocking.

    I get the reasoning behind this, but landing oneself in legal trouble doesn’t seem like a great idea just to prove one’s point.

    • It is ILLEGAL to use your device AS DESIGNED on the network upon which it is EXCLUSIVELY available in the USA? Not sure I understand the logic there. Nobody is saying people should run some illegal application or perform some illegal action, just use your device to the maximum of its capabilities.

      • Nice try, but you’re missing the point.

        • Ok, what’s “the point” then? Using your own device on the network where you pay for service is illegal exactly how?

          From my BlackBerry Tour…

          • Okay, to use your argument… is it illegal to connect to an internet based service such as a bank’s website? No. Is it illegal to purposely overwhelm that internet service until the service is degraded or no longer available? Yes. This is a DoS attack. Now, how exactly is this proposed “demonstration” any different?

            Again, it is not illegal to use a cellular network for data traffic. However, I would argue that it is illegal to purposely focus that data usage against a specific target (AT&T) until that target becomes degraded or no longer available. As I see it, this is a call for a DoS attack against AT&T. That is why I suggest that it is a bad idea, and I, for one, won’t shed a tear when these idiots have legal hounds on them as a result of their “demonstration.”

            As others have said, however, the most likely victim in all of this will be those of us that are no part of this junk and still suffer the consequences. It’s a very selfish act by some clearly selfish individuals. Nothing more.

          • I have to completely agree with you Ian. Both in your logic and your conclusion.

          • I have to disagree too Ian.

            ATT is asking its customers to use its service sparingly. Sure that works great until something happens here in LA and everyone ATT user in LA tries to use their phone at once.

            I purchased service from ATT with the expectation that I could use it whenever I wanted. I shouldn’t have to take into account how many other users are currently on the network.

            ATT over promised and is now asking users to fix its mistake. If ATT can’t deliver the service it contracted with me to provide and the same service that multiple other companies offer then it needs to fix this. Whether this fix is adding more towers, lowering usage caps, or some other solution is up to them.

        • PLUS, just THINK how much useful network information ATT should be able to get from the iPhone trouble app THEY themselves released! 😉

          From my BlackBerry Tour…

  4. Whether BlackBerry users get involved or not, I suspect they WILL be impacted.

    Those who desire NOT to be impacted during this particular hour might want to go in and turn off 3G for that time so that you’re on EDGE only.

  5. This recent NY Times article says its the iPhone’s fault:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/13/business/13digi.html

  6. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of leverage that iPhone users have in this case and with this action. I mean, where else can iPhone users go other than AT&T? It’ll be an annoyance, for sure, but in the end, all AT&T users will suffer.

  7. So are they expecting infrastructure to spring up from the ground as a result of downing their own network?

    Sounds like it’s nothing more than a punishment attempt, except it’s not likely to do much of anything to AT&T and more AT&T’s customers who aren’t part of this.

  8. It’s simple, now that at&t knows it’s coming just do a little throttleing, no problem. Or better yet, just go down for an hour.

  9. I wont be participating, but I’ll be laughing my @$$ off if this works.AT&T needs to invest some serious cash into upgrading their network not the pittance they have been.

    And no guys your basic GSM voice service will not be effected by this, only data and MMS.

  10. What was the outcome of this?
    Any ATT folks see any degradation of service?

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