AT&T's Network Crumbles At Coachella [Broadband Reports]
I love my iPhone, I really do but I can feel the pain as another large gathering of iPhone users resulted in yet another meltdown of AT&T's wireless data network - this time at the Coachella music festival in California. The music festival drew thousands of attendees and even featured its own iPhone application. But when it came to AT&T's network, festival attendees were less than impressed. Broadband Reports indicates AT&T users waited up to 6 hours for text messages to send and receive and wireless data was near non-existent.
AT&T is currently Apple's exclusive wireless provider for the iPhone in the U.S. The company has experienced a myriad of network issues, including another high-profile network congestion problem at last year's South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. These issues often result from a lack of bandwidth on AT&T's network to support the data needs of iPhone customers, who typically consume larger amounts of wireless data than other customers.
As a result of these problems, a recent study by CFI Group indicated that half of iPhone users expressed dissatisfaction with AT&T's wireless network and wished to switch providers.