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AT&T experiences EDGE downtime

Across the country yesterday, iPhone users experienced trouble using AT&T’s wireless EDGE network, due to network issues. The problem which caused the service outage has been identified and is currently being worked on. Warner May, a spokesperson for AT&T, said, “The iPhone was not the cause.” Indeed, it appears that users of other data-enabled phones, including 3G models, experienced problems as well. The network, which experienced problems primarily in the West and Midwest, was back up as of 7:00 p.m. EDT.

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Ahh, AT&T is off to such a lovely start with iPhone owners aren’t they?

Posted by RC on July 3, 2007 at 10:08 AM (CDT)


Meanwhile, this would never make news…or a story…if iPhone users weren’t effected.  this is kinda like “What is Britney Spears doing?”

we gonna hear about every network downtime now? 


Posted by twitzgall on July 3, 2007 at 11:31 AM (CDT)


I hope the affiliation with AT&T doesn’t drag the iphone down.  I have had less than stellar experiences with them in the past.

Posted by SE on July 3, 2007 at 11:41 AM (CDT)


While I’m not a fan of EDGE, I agree with twitzgall; if it wasn’t for the iPhone this would never have been reported. After all, it’s not like T-Mobile’s own EDGE service hasn’t been inconveniently down since its inception.

Posted by flatline response on July 3, 2007 at 4:12 PM (CDT)


In fairness, AT&T (aka Cingular) is by far the best provider in the U.S. right now.  Of the top five, three are CDMA (Sprint, AllTel and Verizon) and therefore not very compatible with typical world phones.  Verizon is the largest of those three, but cripples their phones to prevent downloading and running of J2ME programs. 

The two GSM carriers are T-Mobile and Cingular/AT&T.  But T-Mobile has poor phone selection and a tiny network relative to AT&T.  Even worse, Cingular/AT&T do GSM on several bands including 850MHz, but T-Mobile doesn’t use 850MHz, so their phones don’t have it… so Cingular phones can “roam” (free due to carriage agreement) on all T-Mobile towers, but the opposite is only true for maybe 1/3 the Cingular data towers.

And yes, this is iPhone news.  My V3xx acted up last night when I was trying to surf on it, and eventually I commented to my wife that the system was probably bogged down with all those new iPhones.

Posted by TechnoCat on July 3, 2007 at 10:41 PM (CDT)


In fairness, AT&T (aka Cingular) is by far the best provider in the U.S. right now.

Everyone has a right to their opinion, cause that’s exactly what it is; an opinion.  You think Cingular is the best and that’s why you chose them just like most poeple choose the network they believe is the best (well unless you just want an iphone regardless of the network it is on).  Cingular coverage is just to spotty in my area. Also just FYI, most major wireless carriers are able to roam on other networks free of roaming charges.

Posted by 3rdEye on July 4, 2007 at 4:45 AM (CDT)


It’s not working now 08:00 PST

Posted by hotmeds on July 4, 2007 at 10:59 AM (CDT)

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