Thursday, September 03, 2009

Subtexts in cellphone karma

Is spotty cellphone service something that we will all have to live with in the future?

... the iPhone is really the Hummer of cellphones. It’s a data guzzler. Owners use them like minicomputers, which they are, and use them a lot. Not only do iPhone owners download applications, stream music and videos and browse the Web at higher rates than the average smartphone user, but the average iPhone owner can also use 10 times the network capacity used by the average smartphone user. ... The result is dropped calls, spotty service, delayed text and voice messages and glacial download speeds as AT&T’s cellular network strains to meet the demand. Another result is outraged customers.
Cellphone owners using other carriers may gloat now, but the problems of AT&T and the iPhone portend their future. Other networks could be stressed as well as more sophisticated phones encouraging such intense use become popular, analysts say.

1 comment:

Ashok said...

IMO, AT&T likes to make excuses. Their service was bad before iPhones and from the reviews, looks like its worse now. What they should have done is drastically improve their network with all the extra $$$'s they got from iPhone data plans.

The only reason we don't have an iPhone is AT&T. We have given up waiting for Verizon to get the iPhone and will be getting the ipod touch thats rumored to come out this month.