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12-16-2009, 10:31 AM #1
"Operation Chokehold" Spreading
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!
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.
... 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.
- 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
12-16-2009, 10:47 AM #2
"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.I don't drink kool-Aid, I don't join cults.
This is why I break out in cold sweat going to Apple retail store.
12-16-2009, 10:47 AM #3
wow cool you were first want a cookie?
anyways, if i lived in the US i would definitely take part in this. sounds awesomeI am not a jailbreak n00bI like to drink iPhoneahol...Circa 2008
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12-16-2009, 11:02 AM #4
Yes Im so in! AT&T pisses me off, I'll prolly have to wait cause I'm on the east coastIPhone 3GS Black 16GB 3.0
Mac Mini Intel OSX 10.5.7
Originally Posted by iPhoneDummy
12-16-2009, 11:02 AM #5
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..
12-16-2009, 11:06 AM #6
12-16-2009, 11:15 AM #7
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.
12-16-2009, 11:15 AM #8
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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12-16-2009, 11:16 AM #9
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12-16-2009, 11:25 AM #11
12-16-2009, 11:26 AM #12
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.
12-16-2009, 11:40 AM #13
Down with AT&T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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12-16-2009, 11:47 AM #14
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!!
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12-16-2009, 11:48 AM #15
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12-16-2009, 11:55 AM #16
this will not yield the desired results. mark my words...This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
12-16-2009, 11:58 AM #17
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.
12-16-2009, 12:04 PM #18
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..JayRizzie
12-16-2009, 12:06 PM #19
Definitely won't be participating. I'd rather work with my carrier in improving my service, not against them.
12-16-2009, 12:40 PM #20
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.