AT&T may have sent the most bizarre iPhone 5 activation ever

A woman calls AT&T to activate a minor's new iPhone 5. After a successful activation, a text -- purporting to be from AT&T -- arrives that has to be seen to be laughed at.

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The iPhone 5 has caused a significant level of human heart palpitation.

Well, it's new and it's an iPhone and if you can get one quickly, then you can show it off to the envious or the mere tasteless.

So please imagine the feelings of one Katherine the Great.

This is not a pseudonym. This is a high-schooler whom I think of as the niece I've always forgotten to meet. She really does go by that name in her more intimate circles. (Though I'm pretty sure she's not on Google+)

Katherine was terribly excited about her new elongated wonder-gadget, so her older sister -- the wise Danielle -- called AT&T to activate the machine that would make KTG (oh, yes, she gets abbreviated) entirely too cool for school.

AT&T performed the act with lissom splendor.

But then a text arrived. It purported to be from the very same AT&T. And it seemed to have been typed by a drunken vole.

For it read:

MYAT&T.COM TO SEE THE DIFFENCE OF CHANGING TH EPHONES FORM A 4 TO A5 AND HOW TO VEIW PLANS WE HAVE. THANK YOU FOR BIENA VALUED CUSTOMER.

You can imagine that her older sister -- and, indeed, her hard-working and extremely articulate mother -- was somewhat distraught by this text.

Well, distraught is perhaps not quite the word. More, bemused. And, well, a little pissed off.

I asked whether they were sure this could have possibly come from AT&T. Who can be sure?

However, Katherine The Great's mother told me: "Weird timing for spam we've never gotten before."

Because -- even through involuntary guffaws -- I try to be fair, I have contacted AT&T and they promise me they will look into the matter.

However, there's something quite odd about receiving such cheery, beery missives just when you're about to become the most glamorous girl in school.

Fortunately for Katherine The Great, she's fairly glamorous anyway. The iPhone 5 would have merely offered marginally incremental cred.

There is, though, nothing like biena valued customer, is there?

 

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