I’ve been thinking about the iPhone a lot. The new commercials are extremely hot, and really show off what’s great about the iPhone – the interface and the design. But I’m still not convinced, and I’m not planning on buying one.
Here’s what kills me. People are acting like the fact that the iPhone is limited to 2G/EDGE/~120Kbps speeds is a limitation of AT&T/Cingular’s network. It’s NOT .
They have a perfectly functional, nationwide, faster-than-EVDO, UMTS and HSDPA 3G network in place. They have for months. I know, because I use it every day. So does everyone who has an HTC 8525 or Samsung Blackjack phone (among others).
I’m a wireless data junkie – I could care less about the voice network. A few years ago, I jumped ship from T-Mobile as a 7 year customer to Verizon, because EVDO was so fast (I averaged prolly 600Kbps), and T-Mobile was stuck on GPRS (hadn’t even upgraded to slow EDGE yet). Then, earlier this year, I dumped Verizon EVDO for Cingular HSDPA because Cingular/AT&T IS FASTER – I average about 850Kbps, and regularly test at over 1Mbps. And HSDPA/UMTS is backwards compatible, so on the (very) rare occasion I’m in a city with no 3G HSDPA/UMTS, it simply falls back to EDGE. No problem.
So it REALLY turns me off that there’s no 3G in the iPhone. The network is there. It’s backwards compatible. It’s fast. It works. Apple is even talking about integrating 3G into their next gen laptops, while LEAVING IT OUT OF THEIR CELL PHONE.
That’s just messed up Steve Jobs reasoning right there, and it’s the main reason (along with the fact that it won’t sync with Exchange/Outlook over the air) that I won’t be picking up an iPhone. I don’t deny that they’re sexy to death. I don’t doubt they’ll sell like hotcakes, and make millions for Apple. But my expectations are higher, and until they’re met, Steve gets no iPhone money from me.