|reply to BiggA |
Re: I can see it now...
The article quotes a user as saying they switched to 2G to get better performance. I made the assumption they did this because AT&T throttled their 3G experience. My point was beware, AT&T will remove that option to force the 56k 3G experience folks claim to get when they exceed their "unlimited" cap.
I was never assuming they would force 2G until the next billing cycle. That was another person's interpretation.
This comment has nothing to do with whether or not other phones have this option. If, as you claim, the iPhone models 3G, 3Gs and 4 are the only phones that have this option, that's millions and millions of devices on AT&T's network. If those that have unlimited plans switch to 2G when they get throttled on 3G, AT&T could close that loop hole.
Does it make sense now?
I thought the recent tests of folks that were throttled showed they were getting "56k-like" speeds. My personal experience with 2G has always been horrible. Uploads are generally sub 100Kbps and downloads can get above 100Kbps but you wouldn't write home about it. Although 3G latency sucks, it not really fair to measure much less compare 2G latency with anything. It's kind of like measuring and comparing the quarter-mile times of a Smart Car (I read it's about 20 seconds at ~70mph). Speed isn't the reason one drives a Smart Car.