Evil Fucking Empire

I’m going up to the AT&T wireless store tomorrow and get their definition of “Free Trial”, cause it sure isn’t what Webster defines it as.

So I moved to the country, like way the hell out here, and the jesus phone just wouldn’t get signal. So, a month or two ago I went and upgraded to the Motorola Tundra. Ruggedized, weather proof/resistant, external antenna, gps flip phone. Sweet. The only catch is that the gps feature is a $9.99/month “feature”, but it had a (wait for it)…”free trial” period. Thinking that this may come in handy, I activated it. It was ok, but not nearly as useful or user friendly as either my Garmin Nuvi 765 (for driving) or my Magellan Titan (for off-road), so I dutifully logged into my account and removed this “feature” prior to the end of the “free trial” period.

This evening I got the latest bill, and guess what, there was a $9.99 “other charges” line item which clearly said AT&T Navigator (the gps “feature”). You gotta be shitting me, I thought. So I fired up the AT&T cell card to go check my account online. Talk about a truly craptastic connection, after about an hour of waiting for the pages to load I finally got to the page that listed all my “features”, and the AT&T Navigator was (wait for it)….DESELECTED!

So, 1) I removed this feature prior to the end of the trial expiration, and 2) my online account page showed that it was not currently activated. Why then am I being charged $9.99? Will it happen again next month? The answer to these questions is: none and most definately.

I really didn’t want to go off on another telecom, but this is fucking rediculous. Verizon is worse. (RULE 1 ALERT). Those fuckers are still charging us for two accounts that I have been requesting to be terminated for months. And they have already removed the CPE from our locations, so there’s no way in hell we could even use their over priced slow assed service if we wanted to. I will more than likely be contacting the FCC in regards to that.

Once I get this gps bullshit squared away with AT&T I’ll also be removing the $19.95 unlimited data “feature”, and the $5 200 text messaging as well.

I did however fuck them out of a ringtone. Back before I got the iPhone, I had (and still have) a motorola Razr v3 for which I purchased “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” as my ringtone. When I went to redownload it to the Tundra, AT&T wanted me to rebuy it. Know what? The Tundra records voice notes which can be used as ringtones. Fuck you AT&T. I bought it once, and that’s it. I can only use one phone at a time, and it didn’t say that the original download was for that specific phone.

And as for the improved reception of the Tundra, it’s only slightly better than the original iPhone. I pretty much have to go out on my porch to get a stable connection. And 3g, forget about it. AT&T is sitting on their thumbs getting more (and faster) bars even in the city, let alone out here in the boonies. That applies to the phones as well as the cell card I’m using to write this post.

In closing:

AT&T, you can

SUCK

MY

BIG

HAIRY

BALLS.

2 Responses to “Evil Fucking Empire”

  1. mfmoore says:

    Ok Whitt, I’m not sure exactly where you moved, but I’ve had better luck with data through nTelos in this area. They provide the network for Sprint around here and Sprint made them upgrade to real 3G or lose their contract. Lisa has an nTelos phone with an unlimited data plan which only added $10 a month. I connect through bluetooth with my work laptop and it flies. I heard AT&T is not even 3G in this area which is the main reason I never got an iPhone. Might get a Sprint Pre though.

  2. E-Dog says:

    Well, you go out past Fcastle, hang a left and head over to the mountain. I don’t think Papa Johns delivers out that far, and I know they’d bitch about my driveway if they did.

    Yeah, nTelos covers out there, but right now the company is paying for the data card, and I have no idea why I didn’t kick at&t to the curb when I changed phones. I think it probably had something to do with my mom being on at&t and we get unltd m2m. The voice thing isn’t a big issue, but then again neither is the data thing, just inconvenient at time).

    You guys should come out if you want to get away from the city. Just give me a ring, I’ll get ya the directions.

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