The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 March 2008

Raising a low bar

Last year, AT&T, as successor to Cingular, quietly abandoned its claim of "fewest dropped calls"and apparently with good reason:

This evening, I have had 7 calls fade out to nothing, 6 call failed errors when retrying the party I was talking to, 1 text message tell me the system is busy, try again later, and 6 disconnects when trying to talk to AT&T tech support. All of this, and I still had full signal on my phone, even 3G at times (which is difficult to maintain in my domicile). The calls that were successful all lasted under 10 minutes.

"More bars in more places," they say. Well, you can have bars out the wazoo, but what's the point if you can't do anything with them?

(Anyone attempting to suggest that "wazoo" is a simplification of "VZW" will be summarily ignored.)

Posted at 7:48 AM to Dyssynergy


I've noticed this as well since AT&T took over Cingular. In fact, more often than not I have to try a call twice as the "Call Failed" message usually comes up on my first attempt.

Posted by: Nate at 9:53 AM on 18 March 2008

Our service here in (at least our part of) metro Atlanta has tended to be as good as ever despite the merger. As for "more bars in more places," maybe they're more useful in "wet" counties.

Not that Coweta County is all that "wet." Or even wet -- we do still have a drought going on.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:46 AM on 18 March 2008

You can have some of our rain, if you can figure out some way to snag it. We've had a little over an inch and a half today; some parts of the state have had twice that.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:03 PM on 18 March 2008

Nate and I have had the same experience. T-Mobile gets my business after my contract is up in August. Had no problems until AT&T squirmed their way back into my life. I banished them from my home so they bought my cell phone company.

Posted by: Aero at 9:36 AM on 19 March 2008