AT&T and TMobile good or bad?

I was just giving a buddy of mine a few jabs about how his Tmobile Android phone is no longer going to be Tmo but will be sucked into the living Vortex that is AT&T. He stated he would rather pay for Verizon than go to AT&T. I can see his point up to a point though. I don’t love AT&T, I like them since at the time I switched from my Blackberry Curve to my iphone I did not have any choice in carrier. iphone equals AT&T in the olde world. now with Verizon jumping into the fray we have more choice but Although Verizon has better coverage (in my opinion) you WILL pay dearly for that coverage. To me AT&T is a decent middle ground that will continue to stay as part of my monthly bill since recently I also signed up for Uverse. I did this because once again I have very crappy support and connection speeds for my Road Runner “high speed” cable modem access.
So shoudl you worry about this merger? probably not. Tmo customers will make out with a much larger and expansive coverage area but still you WILL pay for that by having to say you are now an AT&T customer.

so, what do you think? is this really as big a deal to you as it is to everyone else?

Geek Tech Live 81 PodcastMadness Prize code, Iphone 4 Pre-Sale Implode and Ps3 Move vs. Xbox Kinect

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  • Iphone 4.0 goes on sale and implodes.
  • Playstation Move Vs. Xbox Kinect … FIGHT!

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Iphone 4.0 Pre sale Implode… Again

You would think that after the release of the Iphone 3G and 3GS and the debacles that they were that AT&T would learn. Well, it is nice that some things don’t change but unfortunately this isn’t one of them. Once again, the megalith that is AT&T with all their resources that they have must have forgotten to add a few servers to their Iphone Ordering web farm or IFarm I would call it.  The Iphone Ordering site was up but only for a little while. By 10am CST there were already reports of major outages and errors and people not able to even get to the spot in the IPhone upgrade site to even find out IF they were eligible to upgrade. There were stories of people going to Apple stores and being told they will take their Credit card information and be called back once Apple can get in and order an Iphone from AT&T.  Heck I even heard a rumor of an Apple Store closing down for a while to try to stem the tide of people waiting in line and getting angry(er).

Techmeme.com had numerous articles flying in right after the servers crashed for the final time of an even worse issue though that the lack of a decent network and web infrastructure to handle orders of the new device. The first reports were of people being charged more than once for their IPhone order, which is bad but then it hit. Security breach. Those two words that recently have also been paired up with IPad and AT&T a bit more than I care to feel comfortable to say. It seems people were able to log in to the AT&T mobile site and actually see other people’s accounts. One very angry customer stated they logged in and Saw the name of a woman and a different city on the main page. When this person complained to AT&T the Giant shrugged and swatted the annoying Gnat away. Eventually AT&T shut down the Mobile site completely for a short time. I assume to fix the issue of the security breach for their customers.

I am one of their customers and I have to state that My experience with AT&T and the IPhone has been not too bad over the past 2 years.  I work in IT when I am not podcasting and if I were to under estimate the wave of requests coming in to my Web farms this poorly I would have lost my job numerous times over by now.  This to me is gross negligence on planning for the insanity that everyone KNOWS an IPhone release or pre-order will become.  I really truly hope that AT&T will learn from this and create a more dynamic environment for these eventualities. They have a great product and to drop the ball on the ability to service orders really only makes everyone look bad. Yes even you Apple, even you. I heart you both but you need to be more prepared.

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Playstation Move Vs. Xbox Kinect … FIGHT!

So,  Moving away from Sad Panda news both the titans have now released their secret weapons. Let the Gaming Begin!

Playstation revealed their Move a little while ago as did Xbox show of the early Natal version now Kinect. Which is better? which will give great game play? Right now the jury is still out. The Major Differences are that the Move is based on controllers you hold in your hands and make me want to eat ice cream.  and the Xbox Kinect is all about body tracking etc.  if you are wondering, Nintendo didnt even make it to the party on this one. the gaming architecture of the Wii is different enough that with the lack of high def graphics etc… its really just come down to these to bad boys.

If you ask me the Xbox Kinect is Rad because it does away with the Ice cream controllers or wii-chucks and what not and engages you in the experience. Supposedly, you can interact right on the Xbox dashboard with just waves of your hands and your voice.  I am again a big fan of getting computing to Minority report level or sophistication minus the savants in a bath to look into the future.

So in the end I think that Xbox has broken some very new ground and if it holds together we will see this technology in the Kinect be applied to other devices and who knows what else.

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Geek Tech Live 68 exclusive breaking news. So, This is the Iphone 4G?

Breaking news on Geek Tech Live Number 68; is this the IPhone 4G in the wild?

Engadget has some Exclusive breaking news on the new IPhone 4G, HD, version 4. It seems according to them:

Apparently the phone was found on the floor of a San Jose bar inside of an iPhone 3G case.

Odd right? It gets weirder.

Right now we don’t have a ton of info on the device in question, but we can tell you that it apparently has a front facing camera (!), 80GB of storage (weird, right?), and isn’t booting at this point (though it was previously, and running an OS that was decidedly new). It’s not clear if this is definitely a production model, or just a prototype that found its way into the world, but it’s certainly a compelling design, no matter how you look at it.

and to top it all off? this is the latest update from Engadget!

this looks almost exactly like a Twitpic posted by TUDream on February 20th, It’s low-res, shows an indiscriminate bit of the inside, and some mysterious button / possible SIM slot in the middle of the other side. The mic holes on this pic seems to be larger, too.

I think crazy town just let out… what do you think?