As any iPhone owner can tell you, AT&T coverage is on the device is far from perfect. While that would be understandable in rural areas, it's rather frustrating that in major cities like San Francisco you can suffer from a weak signal right in the middle of town. Indeed, the poor reception is a major reason reason why any iPhone version has failed to win our Editors' Choice award.
So you can imagine my astonishment at receiving a perfect AT&T signal on the very top of 11,000-foot Mammoth Mountain. I had taken the gondola up one morning and I wanted to use Facebook to upload a few photos of the fantastic view. Though I fully expected to receive no reception at all, I actually had a solid signal with five bars. I snapped the photos (check out my slideshow from the trip), uploaded them and updated my status without a hitch.
Though I later spotted a cell phone tower on top of the gondola station, I couldn't get over the fact that I had a stronger iPhone signal there than on my patio in San Francisco. Sure, the tower was no doubt installed to benefit winter skiers, but I still thought it was pretty cool. I even got a signal while hiking in Devil's Postpile National Monument, which is 6,000 feet below Mammoth Mountain but outside a line of sight.
So I ask you this, AT&T. If I can get a perfect iPhone signal in a rugged valley and on a mountain peak, why do I drop a call on the corner of 18th and Sanchez in San Francisco? That's just not right.