Why not 3G? (Edge it is)

Welcome to our Community
Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.
Sign up

TomTomTuning

New Member
Bronze
Aug 10, 2007
196
0
0
Camp Hill, PA
#1
Any idea why AT&T didn't use the 3G network on the iPhones?
I know the 3G is a lot faster isn't it?

MY girlfriend has the 8525 with the 3G, and it seems pretty decent.

Opinions Appreciated!
 

Kolder

New Member
Jul 14, 2007
29
1
0
#2
Any idea why AT&T didn't use the 3G network on the iPhones?
I know the 3G is a lot faster isn't it?

MY girlfriend has the 8525 with the 3G, and it seems pretty decent.

Opinions Appreciated!
You see that big beautiful LCD screen on your phone? It sucks a lot of battery power. You throw 3g in the mix and you essentially have a phone that can work half of the day. Not to mention in America 3G is really only offered in major cities atm.
 

kdarling

New Member
Bronze
Jun 20, 2007
425
1
0
NJ, NC, CO
#5
Any idea why AT&T didn't use the 3G network on the iPhones?
I think you meant to ask why Apple didn't use 3G?

To anyone with manufacturing experience, the answer is easy: cost. Pure and simple. Once it's decided not to include a feature, every other public answer is just marketing and fanboy spin.

Other phones that came out at the same time have 3G and do just fine. Some have better screens and GPS. Most have a dedicated button to allow the user easy access to turn it (and all other radios) on/off to save battery if wished. Also they have swappable batteries for heavy users.

So watch. When Apple does come out with a 3G model for Europe, all of a sudden all their public reasons not to have 3G will disappear, even though they'll be using chips that were already available.

In short, it was cheaper to claim WiFi was their "answer", even though WiFi coverage in many areas is as sparse as 3G.
 

ahaxton

New Member
Aug 5, 2007
235
0
0
#7
I'd rather have more usage of my iPhone than a dead battery. I've been using edge for 3 hours today and its been speedy. Not like Im downloading gigabytes if data