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    A plan to flood AT&T's network as a protest against the carrier's service is building momentum on the Web... and AT&T is not amused. Started with a single post by popular blogger Fake Steve Jobs, "Operation Chokehold" will have iPhone users soak the network for one hour starting at 12 noon Pacific Standard time on Friday, December 18. AT&T calls it "irresponsible and pointless scheme to draw attention to a blog," in a statement released on Tuesday.

    Fake Steve Jobs is the online identity of Newsweek writer Dan Lyons. His blog, "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs," features satirical takes on issues of the day delivered in the voice of a sort of Steve Jobs-meets-Dr.-Evil (or Steve-Jobs-IS-Dr.-Evil) character. On Monday, Fake Steve Jobs wrote the following:

    I’m really blown away by the way people have responded to AT&T’s bastardly behavior over bandwidth usage. Our engineers are friggin livid. And, because they’re engineers, which means they’re basically evil little pricks, they’ve come up with a plan to teach AT&T a lesson. They’re calling it Operation Chokehold. Last night I got this email that they’ve been sending around inside Apple, encouraging people to join the crusade:

    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!
    The post came after after Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Wireless, hinted that the carrier may go to usage-based pricing for heavy data users: read "iPhone owners." The outrage spread rapidly. "An American company creates a brilliant phone," Fake Steve Jobs wrote, "and that company hands it to you, and gives you an exclusive deal to carry it - and all you guys can do is complain about how much people want to use it."

    AT&T, understandably, doesn't find this all that funny. In a statement to the Cult of Mac blog, a company spokesman said:

    We understand that fakesteve.net 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.
    In an amusing reaction, some loyal AT&T customers have created something called Operation Cuckoo opposing the action. From their Facebook page:

    ... you don't urge AT&T to improve its network and terms by attempting to bring it down or violating your contract with the entity. Much the same as you don't put out a fire with a gasoline shower.
    Ideas for disruptiing AT&T's network on Friday include:
    • Turning off WiFi
    • Streaming YouTube videos
    • Streaming live video with the new USTREAM Live Broadcaster app
    • Streaming high-bandwidth video from Akamai’s iPhone Showcase site


    One commenter on Gizmodo's story on Operation Chokehold quipped: "I have one problem with this. How do we know if the operation is underway? I don't think I'll be able to tell the difference."

    image via The Unofficial Apple Weblog
    Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 12-16-2009 at 10:34 AM. Reason: USTREAm link

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    "Much the same as you don't put out a fire with a gasoline shower."
    well if it's an oil fire you use explosives.
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    This is why I break out in cold sweat going to Apple retail store.

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    wow cool you were first want a cookie?


    anyways, if i lived in the US i would definitely take part in this. sounds awesome
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    Yes Im so in! AT&T pisses me off, I'll prolly have to wait cause I'm on the east coast
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    Allow me to play devil's advocate.
    Could this not be considered an attack, similar to a denial of service?
    It is also very easy for ATT to find out who participated in this with data logging of the phones...
    Call me paranoid, but I really don't want a piece of this..

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    Awesome... even on a site devoted to standing up for the rights of consumers to use devices/services they PAID for, there are users who are more concerned for the corporation than their own rights! The issue here is that we are all paying for a service and ATT is too busy lining it's wallet rather than re-investing this income into their network! ATT needs to stop treating it's customers like the enemy and start trying to solve some of these problems.

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    even though i am not an ATT customer i think this is a good idea.
    since they dont seem to care about written complaints this is the only way to show them
    let the data usage begin...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
    Allow me to play devil's advocate.
    Could this not be considered an attack, similar to a denial of service?
    It is also very easy for ATT to find out who participated in this with data logging of the phones...
    Call me paranoid, but I really don't want a piece of this..
    how do they tell who is legitimate and who isn't?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
    Allow me to play devil's advocate.
    Could this not be considered an attack, similar to a denial of service?
    It is also very easy for ATT to find out who participated in this with data logging of the phones...
    Call me paranoid, but I really don't want a piece of this..
    No just watch a few YouTube videos. And if you get a letter just tell then you were bored. If they got a problem with that sue them :-P
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    I hope there aren't very many people that go through with this, because it is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard of. If this goes through, it might cause millions of people to lose service during that time, and who knows what emergencies or important calls might be missed.

    Extremely irresponsible and will not improve anything. I can't believe this guy is a writer for Newsweek, it sounds like a scheme a pissed off teenager would come up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niqolas619 View Post

    Extremely irresponsible and will not improve anything. I can't believe this guy is a writer for Newsweek, it sounds like a scheme a pissed off teenager would come up with.
    This will indeed prove that AT&T customers can ban together and make a statement. I would consider doing this everyday for the rest of the month. Force AT&T to stop being assholes and deal with the issue rather than passing the buck to its customers.

    Down with AT&T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Maestro View Post
    Yes Im so in! AT&T pisses me off, I'll prolly have to wait cause I'm on the east coast
    You can still participate even if you are on the east coast.. the chokehold is at 12 Pacific time.. Add 3hrs to that and thats what time you get on your iPhone-- 3pm est

    Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
    Allow me to play devil's advocate.
    Could this not be considered an attack, similar to a denial of service?
    It is also very easy for ATT to find out who participated in this with data logging of the phones...
    Call me paranoid, but I really don't want a piece of this..
    Dude calm the hell down... I hate when ppl get all paranoid and act like stuff will happen..
    AT&T blows anyway.. and Ralph De La Vega is a punk... Even at the corporate office in Charlotte, NC.... straight punks...

    OPERATION CHOKEHOLD... MOVE OUT!!
    Last edited by MrJayRizzie; 12-16-2009 at 11:47 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJayRizzie View Post
    You can still participate even if you are on the east coast.. the chokehold is at 12 Pacific time.. Add 3hrs to that and thats what time you get on your iPhone-- 3pm est
    Thanks bro hence why I said i had to wait
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    this will not yield the desired results. mark my words...
    This is getting a lil' ridiculous...

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    I think it's a stupid idea. What makes them think that by doing this it will make things better? If anything it'll prob force AT&T to implement the usage based plan and then whichever fool that does this will pay for it in the end and so will all customers.

    Like part of the article says why make it worse? It will solve nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandstorm77 View Post
    This will indeed prove that AT&T customers can ban together and make a statement. I would consider doing this everyday for the rest of the month. Force AT&T to stop being assholes and deal with the issue rather than passing the buck to its customers.

    Down with AT&T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I CANT STAND AT&T ... Especially there home service when the took over bellsouth... They customer service SUCKS... Those reps act like they are soo hard core on the phone and they dont keep notes and will screw you on your bill....

    This is a great Operation bc I personally have been screwed.. AT&T charged me $1000 for data when I had the data package on my acct unlimited.. What they said- It was never on my acct... What kind of BS is that? I had the super smart rep look at my bill from the previous month and guess what it was on there.. Their excuse- the network removed bc I put my sim card in a less data capable phone. I change phones from my iPhone and put it in a phone that uses LESS data and the network drops my data when I go to use it?? So I am all for this chokehold..
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    Definitely won't be participating. I'd rather work with my carrier in improving my service, not against them.

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    I would try to get in on some of the action.... but alas, I only have EDGE service in my building at work.....

    This is truly disheartening now, considering a week ago I actually had some type of signal. I blame the rain.


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