Why I’m about to toss my iPhone in the trash

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

I simply can’t believe the total disservice Apple bestowed on the American public by locking the iPhone down to the AT&T network. There’s been rumblings about the AT&T network from many iPhone users, but personally, I’ve not experienced problems until 4 days ago. Over the past 4 days I’ve had all sorts of problems with the crappy freaking AT&T service!

Text messages won’t send. I have to retry sending them 5 or 6 times before they finally send, if they send at all! Receiving text messages isn’t much better either. Someone sent me a message… I didn’t get it until an hour later… AN HOUR???!!! What the hell am I paying $20 a month for texting for if the damn message doesn’t go through immediately?!

Today, I was trying to make a call, and even though the phone showed 5 bars 3G, I couldn’t make the call at all. It totally failed to connect. The same thing with people trying to call me. Their calls would go straight to voicemail… if they get through at all… what a crock!!!

Of course 611 is totally freaking useless too! Tech support at AT&T blows and the best I got was the two towers in Indiana was down and that was what was causing problems. Whatever! Don’t you do proper capacity planning? And two towers down for 4 days?!!! What the hell?!!!

So, as I sit here and write this, my phone at least now shows “No Service” which is about what I’m having anyway… I’m traveling to Vegas tomorrow and will see if service is better outside of Indianapolis. If it is, AT&T better have their service fixed by the time I get back because the Blackberry Storm is starting to look mighty attractive right now.

Make no mistake, the iPhone is the best damn phone I’ve ever owned. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best damn phone on the market today. Problem is… what good is the best damn phone to me when the network sucks? Answers: NOTHING!!! So, if AT&T can’t get their act together, I’ll be abandoning the iPhone shortly. Thank you Steve Jobs for screwing the American public with AT&T… thanks for nothing!




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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