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June 09, 2009

AT&T not really having the most wonderful day over on Twitter

Posted on Tue Jun 9 2009

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The good news: AT&T is currently the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter. The bad news: That's because people are talking smack about the carrier for three reasons:
  1. Existing AT&T/iPhone customers have to pay $199-$299 to upgrade to the new iPhone.
  2. When the new iPhone is released on June 19, users won't be able to take advantage of MMS (multimedia messaging service—an expanded version of text messaging that incorporates graphics, photos and video clips, among other things). That's because AT&T has to manually remove all "opt-out MMS codes" on each account.
  3. Similarly, AT&T won't support "tethering," which is the ability to plug your iPhone into your computer and use that connection to surf the Internet.
  Reaction to all this news in the Twittersphere was swift. As AT&T's Twitterbot robotically plugged the phone's release, some took AT&T's lack of preparedness as a sign of friction between the carrier and Apple. "AT&T got almost zero mention at the keynote," noted one @MarkSheppard, referring to Apple's iPhone announcement. Most simply moaned about AT&T's ineptitude. "The fact that ATT won't have tethering and MMS is simply a joke," wrote @robertmurray. But perhaps @brickworkz said it best: "People were saying the Palm Pre would be the iPhone killer. ... nope, turns out that AT&T will be the iPhone killer."

—Posted by Todd Wasserman

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