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Comment Re:Time for Gun control in US (Score 1) 520

Until a pack of abbos run up in your home, have a go at your wife, beat you to death, and drop your nice TV on the way out. Have a noice day. Better you should die than someone be scared by a gun. And Australia did this after a mentally retarded man shot a bunch of people at a restaurant in their heads... with no firearms experience. Why, if guns are made to kill, and cars are not, then all guns in America must surely be defective by design.

Comment Reliability depends largely on the make and model. (Score 0) 131

On AT&T, the reports of poor signal reception, dropped calls, and other service issues from iPhone users outnumber those from users of other phones by a clear order of magnitude, if not a greater amount. It's common to hear "AT&T sucks! Ever since I got the iPhone X, I can't make calls and I don't get voicemails!" People never seem to catch on to the fact that when three people in their hme have Android, Windows, BlackBerry, or other phones, and do not have service issues, and their iPhone does, it's probably the phone. Alas, this lesson must be learned one person at a time. When the iPhones first launched on Verizon, and people were unsurprisingly having service problems with them, Apple was dumping their calls onto AT&T support, claiming that it was AT&T's fault that iPhones made for Verizon were dropping calls and failing to establish data connections on Verizon's network. And people believed that.

I've even heard a live call where an Apple representative said, and I quote:

"Thank you for calling Apple, where we believe you should throw (your iPhone) in the garbage and get an Android!", after which he had hung up immediately. Alas, I was not permitted to make a copy of the recording for comedic use on the public internet.

Comment Apple's stance: It's AT&T's fault, no matter w (Score 1) 98

Even if you're on Verizon. AT&T's position is "We just provide the roads you drive on. If your car drives a thousand miles without you wanting it to, it's not the fault or will of the highway department." Never mind the fact that if carriers wanted to rip customers off, they would simply disable network access entirely, freeing up bandwidth for more important clients. No, it's a far more Romulan level of ploy to put bricks on everyone's pedals and then deal with everyone else complaining about degraded bandwidth. Three things will kill a lithium ion cell. Time, temperature, and use. And transmitting data constantly will result in two of those three, with time doing its own thing. And you can't replace an iPhone's battery without voiding your often-dismissed warranty. Curious indeed. It's almost as if Apple wants people's phones to burn out, so they have to buy new ones.

Try talking to Apple thirteen months after you've bought your phone. Then try talking to your phone service provider at the same time. See who tries to charge you for help.

Comment Re:Apple IS to blame. (Score 1) 170

Yes, this irked me when I saw the lie that Apple was leading the charge. Apple can brick pretty much any device they want, but they won't. Anyone who gets hooked on using Apple devices tends to KEEP using them, and even a thief will eventually become a customer. In the past seven days, I have had Apple representatives tell me that AT&T is responsible for supporting iTunes and iOS issues, that the iPhone does not use a SIM card, and that iCloud was untested beta software (also Siri). Meanwhile, the last time I called HTC, they gave me everything but the keys to the safe and a ride in the company jet.

Comment Funny how everyone is against the T-Mobile merger. (Score 1) 39

...but AT&T would be shutting down all of the call centers for AT&T and T-Mobile in the Philippines upon completion of the merger. Also if you've ever talked to somebody who sounded like they picked up English on a bus ride to their Farsi classes, you probably talked to somebody in the Philippines.

Comment Article is useless tripe. Want a real loophole? (Score 1) 121

The ONLY smartphone-class phone on AT&T allowed to be set up with unlimited data right out of the gate is the ORIGINAL iPhone. Yes, you can still use it to this day. The only data options for the original iPhone are unlimited.

In an "unrelated" note, if you already have a smartphone-class device with unlimited data, even if you migrated from another carrier that was absorbed into AT&T, you're entitled to keep your unlimited data if you change to another smartphone, be it through upgrading or simply just acquiring another phone through your own means. All iPhones are smartphone-class devices, even if they aren't truly smartphones.

I'll leave it up to the people with more sense than that of a mayonnaise jar to connect the dots.

Comment Re:Bait & switch (Score 1) 364

AT&T's policy for data connect devices (PC cards, USB dongles) is if you lost an unlimited data plan (and you will, because the system is putting EVERYBODY on 5GB automatically), you can cancel that line with no ETF, keep the device, even if you just upgraded.

Of course, not every CSR reads the contract text, so you may need to speak to the right person.

Not the case for phones, though.

Comment Re:The main reason people lose unlimited data (AT& (Score 1) 327

Yes. I started service through Wirefly, and the ToS was presented in its entirety. I didn't care for the terms during three halfhearted attempts at signing up, but after I learned everything about AT&T, I decided that I wasn't some ship-jumping consumerist who had to have cell service in the bottom of a flooded silver mine.

I had a home phone and a backup prepaid cell, so eh, nothing to lose.

I've never tried to start service with VZW, T-Mobile, or Sprint, so I don't know what information you get up front with them, but with any US cell provider, you still get a trial period during which, if you decide that the service is no good where you live/work/hang out, you can return the phone, cancel, and depending on how soon into your service you are, pay nothing, or a partial month plus activation fees.

AT&T's policy is if you return by the third day, you only pay for each day of service you had, and your activation fees get refunded.

Anyway, I started service with AT&T after learning how over 90% of all persistent dropped call issues on AT&T involve some model of iPhone.

If it were the network, then it would be every phone, no? So I bought a BlackBerry Curve 8900, and I've had three dropped calls in 19 months.

Comment The main reason people lose unlimited data (AT& (Score 3, Informative) 327

People frequently drop their iPhone in a mug of beer (HOW?!), or jump in the pool, or some other stupid way of destroying it, then put their SIM card in a basic phone. Then they have a store or customer support remove their unlimited data because oh it's soooo expensive, then expect to get it put back on well after it was announced that the only way to get it back was to never voluntarily remove it. If you already have a smartphone or iPhone unlimited data feature, you are more than welcome to keep it if you upgrade or simply swap phones to another smartphone or iPhone.

If it was removed because someone at Walmart bungled an upgrade or something similar, it can be restored, just don't wait six months to call in about it.

Now, maybe Verizon doesn't know, but some of the heavy abusers of cellular data with iPhones use upwards of 40-50 GB per month. You're not going to use that much data browsing the web, but with a jailbroken iPhone, you can get a 7 to 14 megabit connection shared with a whole network of computers for all of $30 per month... and that is spelled out as abuse of the service in the ToS, which is written in very basic English.

I assume that unlimited data will be revoked again once LTE rolls out, or it will be exclusive to the first iteration of CDMA iPhone.

FYI, the only data services available for the original iPhone are all unlimited data, with varying amounts of SMS message allotments. Wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more.

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