I moved to a farm in rural Kentucky a couple of months ago from Bellevue (right next to corporate). I am close enough to a tower to get a fairly constant 3 bars. It is an Edge only tower. I intentionally bought a Samsung galaxy s for myself and a My-tough 4g for my wife because both of these allow the phone to be used as a wi-fi hotspot (our nearest neighbor is a few hundred yards away so I use them with no security). This is important because our only other internet option is satellite, which is a very bad deal.
The reason I'm posting this is that after a month of wonderful service, it simply stopped working. It is like a bad car that won't start. You crank and crank, the engine fires, you gun the pedal to get gas to the engine, but after 5 or 10 seconds, the engine dies again, unable to start at all after that. I can actually watch the packets flowing via my computer's connection screen, and watch them sputter and peter out after anywhere from 20 to 300 packets. Meanwhile, If I accidentally leave Mobile AP on, after a few hours I will notice on my computer that it has uploaded thousands of packets while downloading only a hundred or so.
This is an issue that is unique to the tower by our house - The one we use for virtually all data service. Wherever we go that has Edge only towers, our phones connect just fine and give great cell and data service. And the cell service at our home is still fine.
The reason I'm bringing it up here is that I am wondering if it is personal. That is, for the month I used it I downloaded almost 2 gig of data off torrent while I was sleeping. And it has been weeks since I opened a ticket and I am told that a technician DID find a problem with the tower, a couple of weeks ago! Is it possible that I am being intentionally blocked on my own tower because of the high usage?
BTW, I'm not complaining about any throttling issues, unless I've been throttled to zero. That would be a problem. I don't care about being throttled back, but getting one or two packets every hour or so is really not useful in any sense of the word.
Another BTW. I am a former employee in the EPO.