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Reports started coming yesterday and today that AT&T had completely stopped all online sales of iPhones to anyone with a New York City ZIP code. The carrier has had some...
12-28-2009, 02:25 PM #1
Why did AT&T Stop Selling iPhones in NYC?
Reports started coming yesterday and today that AT&T had completely stopped all online sales of iPhones to anyone with a New York City ZIP code. The carrier has had some of its worst network issues in the New York City area, and initial explanations from AT&T centered around their not being able to support more iPhones in the US's largest city. Though the iPhone is once again available on AT&T's website, the company's explanations varied from changing promotions to credit card fraud, and it's still not entirely clear why iPhone sales were cut off in the first place.
On Sunday, the Consumerist blog spread the news of how a user who entered in any ZIP from any address in New York City on AT&T's online iPhone store got a message back saying "We're sorry, there are no packages & deals available at this time. Please check back later."
I was on the AT&T Wireless website trying to get an iPhone. However, when I put in my zip code 11231, the site says the iPhone is unavailable. This seemed a little odd so I started punching in other famous zip codes: 90210, 60609 (spiegel catalog), 02134 (zoom, an old children's show).
For theses cities, LA, Chicago, Boston, iPhone is available. Then I looked up some other zip codes: Dallas, Miami, St. Louis, Philadelphia, San Francisco. All those cities are ok. Then I started putting in more NYC zip codes: midtown, Staten Island, the Bronx...no iPhone available.
This is weird...AT&T has cut off New York City.
Daphne: Welcome to AT&T online Sales support. How may I assist you with placing your order today?
Laura: Hi, I was looking at the iPhone 3Gs and the system tells me that I cannot order one in my ZIP code. My zip code is 11231. (Brooklyn, NY) Is this true? Are iPhones no longer available in New York City?
Daphne: I am happy to be helping you today . Yes, this is correct the phone is not offered to you because New York is not ready for the iPhone.
Daphne: You don't have enough towers to handle the phone.
Laura: Thank you for your help. So the phone is not available to people anywhere in the city?
Daphne: Yes this is correct Laura.
Though the iPhone is currently once again available online to New Yorkers, the officially stated reason really sheds no light on why the phone had been blocked in the first place, and the apparent inability for management to propagate an explanation down to its support staff (and the apparent willingness of the reps to just make stuff up when talking to customers) is yet another black eye to AT&T's already poor customer service record, especially in New York.
Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 12-28-2009 at 02:30 PM.
12-28-2009, 02:38 PM #2
Out of all the cities in United States. I thought NYC would have the best reception. I guess i was wrong.
12-28-2009, 02:40 PM #3Really?
12-28-2009, 02:45 PM #4
This article was already covered by other forums and sites and explained the issue in much better depth. I agree with the above poster where this seems like bashing and written in bad taste.
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12-28-2009, 02:50 PM #5
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12-28-2009, 02:57 PM #6IPhone 3GS Black 16GB 3.0
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Originally Posted by iPhoneDummy
12-28-2009, 02:58 PM #7
the reason im sure they pulled sales from NYC is due to the poor connection quality quite commonly spoke of in NYC [poor move] the fact that they reinstated sales is due to the fact that there would have been serious legal repercussions if they hadnt.killall Terminal
12-28-2009, 03:23 PM #8
"To unpathed waters, undreamed shores." -- William Shakespeare
12-28-2009, 03:46 PM #9
I too have never heard of CSRs being trained to make stuff up; but I did have an interesting conversation with a CSR on Saturday.
After dropping a call 10 - 15 times and being unable to send MMS when in Union Square, San Francisco on the 26th (was crazy busy with after-xmas sales), I called the AT&T CSR. After asking all the basic questions, she said it sounds like the network was overburdened because of the crowds. I suggested maybe they should add capacity to which she responded they aren't adding any voice capacity, all the investment is going into 4G (great, guess I should be using VOIP to make calls).
I indicated that it was frustrating to be paying higher fees and not being able to make calls -- she replied by saying, "I hear Verizon has this droid phone."
->Remind me if I ever own a company to randomly call customer support to see what they are telling customers
12-28-2009, 04:37 PM #10
I did not think this was a polite comment nor do I think your other response was polite either in this thread.
Remember time is worth everything in life and it took the person that started this thread time.
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12-28-2009, 06:27 PM #11
Damn that sucks for NYC :/ thank goodness for excellent reception in Tampa.
12-28-2009, 06:53 PM #12
I'm a native newyorker, now living in Tx. Cell reception has always been an issue of one kind or another in NYC, regardless of carrier. Not too many places to hide cell towers and overcrowding of highrisers. NY NY. But hey, we got great canolis!
12-28-2009, 07:27 PM #13
I hate stupid reps who think they hav the authority to tell you whatever bs they want. and as a brooklyn native, i always have 5 bars!
12-28-2009, 07:35 PM #14
Yeah, not so bad on the "burbs".
12-28-2009, 08:08 PM #15
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Thanks a whole freaking lot, Paul.
My comment on the issue [@BGR]: http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2009/...comment-720305
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12-28-2009, 08:27 PM #16
12-28-2009, 09:48 PM #17
so to the best of my knowledge here. melech and chris are pissed off because this article wasnt written in due fashion. as it was written after an article of the upcoming tablet. as mentioned in the tablet article by chris that there was better news afoot. [Today, 07:03 AM] whereas the article mentioned on BGR [Apple iPhone inexplicably unavailable for NYC via online orders by Marc Flores on December 27th, 2009 at 6:54pm] thats yesterday. now why now. why the fit. why didnt you guys make your fit yesterday when it was news?.......not trying to cause a battle. just stating the obviouskillall Terminal
12-28-2009, 10:52 PM #18
ok..so theres more behind these curtains here than im aware of. however, chris commented this news within another thread. before this thread was even posted. why couldnt he have just written the article then? [unless it was allready finalized who was to write the article at that time and chris was just venting his frustration] i can understand how this would be insulting. however it doesnt seem alltogether appropriate for posting [well unless all other venues have been proven fruitless]
Last edited by rhekt; 12-28-2009 at 10:57 PM.killall Terminal
12-28-2009, 11:29 PM #19
^ Melech518 all I posted was for you to be polite and I don't feel I need to remove my post. Anything that was supposed to be behind doors then should stay there.
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12-28-2009, 11:38 PM #20