AT&T networks strain under heavy iPhone usage at SXSW

Sun, Mar 15, 2009


iPhone users at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, TX this weekend were frustrated by AT&T’s inability to maintain quality service under the strain of heavy iPhone usage.  Naturally, attendees at SXSW tend to have the latest and greatest when it comes to gadgets, and a large percentage of them have iPhones.   Not only that, but SXSW conference goers tend to use their mobile devices heavily, and by ‘heavily’, I mean an insane amount.  AT&T’s service got so bad at some points, that some users weren’t even able to get a signal, let alone send or receive any text messages.  To be fair, and as Business Insider points out, “this is probably more iPhones per square foot than AT&T has to deal with in Austin any time during the year.” Fair enough, but you would think AT&T would work to ensure that its devices work flawlessly at one of the geekiest conferences around.  Don’t  ya think?

Wired has more on the story over here.


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