iPhone Users Arrange Aggressive Flashmob


iPhone users in the US are being called to arms against the tyranny they feel AT&T’s data planning amounts to, arranging a digital “flashmob” to bring the network’s data services to its knees in an attempt to show the carrier their ire.

The whole event has been arranged via the Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, and named fairly appropriately, “Operation Chokehold.” It follows a series of running complaints in the US from smartphone users on AT&T who have found the network to be incapable of delivering a widespread data access at acceptable speeds. The post on SDSJ effectively sums the whole issue up when it says,

“On Friday, December 18th, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. The idea is that we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power.”

Of course, this is exactly the kind of thing that had been feared with AT&T having so very many iPhones in the field, though normally the worst-case scenario envisioned is that the iPhone will suffer some security exploit that allows someone to build a botnet that has the same effect as this flashmob intends to intentionally.

Clearly it’s an interesting idea, and one that we doubt there’ll be any quick solution to other than simply limiting the amount of data that iPhone users can chew up, which has been suggested in the last month or two anyway. The real question is whether or not the impact will be enough to make AT&T actually go out and do something.

It seems unlikely we’ll see any O2 users planning something similar in the near future, but if anyone does, shoot me a message 🙂


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