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Engadget, BGR, and reader reports all confirm: AT&T is having a serious data outage in the east. We just received a confirmation from Derek (Hi Derek, we hope you're not trying to read us over 3G or EDGE!) that it's out in Washington, DC. Other folks from St. Louis to New York are getting the same. AT&T is on it, though:

Location: NorthEast ;All Markets
Elements: 2G and 3G Iphones, as well as other data devices
Start Time: 09-03-2008 07:00 Eastern
Issue / Impact: Data Customers Cannot Send or Receive To and From Mobile
Customer Symptom: Data customers may experience slowness or latency in accessing web sites or transferring of data files or making business transactions due to outage.
ETTR: TBD
Status: Open
Issue & Customer Impact: All Data applications are experience connectivity issues in the NE region. This issue is impacting GSM and UMTS Iphone customers as well as other devices. Voice services are not impacted.

So how about it -- is your iPhone suddenly a very fancy looking iPod Touch that can also make the occasional call?

Thanks, Derek!