Since every day seems to be boo-AT&T-day, I figured I’d add another anecdote to the chorus.
Lance Ulanoff writes over at Yahoo! Tech that the AT&T 3G service on his Blackberry seems to be crummy when he goes underground or out into the suburbs:
AT&T appears stuck in some year 2000 time warp
Lance, I think AT&T is caught in a 1988 time warp, and I for one would like the accordingly fashionable and gigantic phone to go along with it. Also: a hoverboard. It’s a real disappointment to have what basically amounts to an $800 personal computer phone thing in your pocket that can’t hold a call for more than two minutes.
My AT&T service on my iPhone (3G and Edge) stinks everywhere, all the time. It’s consistent fail coverage. It barely works in my apartment in Greenpoint, which is just across the East River from Manhattan. Calls get dropped all the time, and the sound quality is almost always terrible. It also doesn’t work for anyone at all in our coworking space in Northside Williamsburg. We often have to take a walk to have a chat on the phone, and that means putting up with the noise of buses and trucks on the street.
It doesn’t work in the ‘burbs, and yes, it doesn’t work underground. I don’t expect cell phones to work underground, and it’s nice when they do, but I do expect that they should work in freakin’ Brooklyn and I shouldn’t have nearly so many dropped calls. I mean, come on. This isn’t the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, I’m not trying to make calls from a secret lair.