As you're aware, if you've been following along, when we went to the AT&T store in San Diego, we told them we were from out of town and the sales unit typed our home address here in Santa Clara into the computer and assured me that when I got the unit back home I could put in that address and it would be fine.
And, for a week, it was.
Apparently, that was a bug. A bug that AT&T fixed sometime before last night. As of now, I am no longer allowed to register our address here in Santa Clara with the microcell. And without it being located at the address to which it is registered, the GPS check fails and it emulates a doorstop.
I called up AT&T this morning and their plan of record is now to have me ship the unit back to San Diego for a refund.
There is a 30 day refund policy. If the unit is going to be made available in less than 3 weeks, I'd rather just keep it. But naturally, they refuse to "discuss future availability." I could understand not issuing advanced press releases, but these are extenuating circumstances. I cannot possibly believe that there is nobody up the food chain that has a clue as to even approximately when they'll roll these out.
Besides, they've been "testing" the microcells for, what, 9 months now? They work. Really well. Just flip the goddamn switch, AT&T!