Another wrinkle has arisen in the Apple and AT&T iPhone realm. It turns out that neither Apple nor AT&T have seemed to forecast the success of the iPhone that well. There are approximately 9 Million iPhone users on the AT&T network and they are choking AT&T’s current 3G network. This is resulting in dropped calls, spotty coverage and other delays and impacts. The average iPhone utilizes almost 10 times the amount of bandwidth that a regular smartphone user does. So the engineering geniuses at Apple and AT&T couldn’t expect this sleek, fancy, somewhat hamstrung, smartphone to take off like it did and have a network ready for the growth?
The hope (and change) for the future is the 4G networks. The big four telcos have agreed to a decent standard (LTE) that bodes well for the ability for users to use the carrier of their choice while enjoying the capabilities they want. Although this requires an open, standard interface so that there isn’t the “Verizon LTE” network and the “AT&T LTE” network, etc.
So, if you’re a non-iPhone user on the AT&T network and wonder why your network sucks, go throw a hammer through Steve Jobs’ huge head on the video wall.
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