iPhone Owners Stage Anti-AT&T Demonstration At Santa Clara U, Might Get Results

The biggest thing that happened at Santa Clara University (from a national perspective) was that season opening win over the UNC-Chapel Hill basketball team that eventually went on to win a National Championship in NCAA Men's Basketball. The biggest thing to happen at Santa Clara University this decade is most likely this: a complaint that's gaining all sorts of national attention.

According to a new article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, a slew of iPhone owners at the school are fed up with AT&T's poor reception on campus. So fed up that they have organized a "day of complaint" to push for better coverage. To be honest, the main reason this little demonstration is picking up so much steam is due to the perception of AT&T across the nation. Many feel that the carrier's reception is subpar, and that they're networks are overcrowded in major cities. To make matters worse, they're the only carrier in America to offer the iPhone, which many people see as the best smartphone for the money. In other words, you're basically opting for worse service in order to have a superior phone, and it seems that consumers are finally down with just "biting the bullet."

The "Campus Wide Call AT&T to Complain Day" saw loads of students and professors make several hundred calls to AT&T in order to make their voices heard, noting that many students "can't get reception in many of the dormitories, in the basements of the library and the student center, in some academic buildings, and in student houses near the campus." What's crazy is that it worked. On the morning of the demonstration, Leon F. Beauchman, an area manager for AT&T, made an unexpected visit to the campus. He somehow caught wind of the event beforehand, and he showed up in order to do what's best known as "damage control."

According to the report, AT&T is already working to better service at the school, but they certainly have a lot of other demands on them at the moment. 4G is just around the bend, and they need to improve the amount of cell sites in order to get 7.2Mbps data out to more people. At the very least, this is proof that a small minority can still get recognized, and hopefully everyone will benefit from the demonstration.