Apple testing carriers if their LTE networks are good enough for the iPhone 5, not the other way around
0. phoneArena 30 Nov 2012, 10:02 posted on
It turns out that Apple, which is probably the only manufacturer in the world that doesn't allow a second logo (that of the carrier) to appear on its phones, is also taking its time to test if a carrier's LTE network is really good enough for the iPhone 5...
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1. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 886; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
If it cared about service and speed then why was it on AT&T so many years?
7. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
That's because Apple was not in a position where it could just tell AT&T to lift its skirt up so Apple can peep under it when the first or the second generation of iphones released.
54. MeoCao (unregistered)
For a time let's forget about Apple's evils and praise Apple for its position to protect interests of its customers.
If every OEM can do the same the winners are the consumers.
56. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I want to punch Apple in the face all the time
35. darkkjedii (Posts: 21786; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
They went to Verizon first, and were told no. So AT&T took the chance and had exclusivity for years. Do a little research, it goes a long way.
49. lsutigers (Posts: 820; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
If it was all about speed then back in 2007 Sprint had the fastest mobile broadband network. The whole thing about the iPhone being pitched to Verizon first is a rumor. By all accounts, the phone was offered to and by Cingular, which later became AT&T.
55. MeoCao (unregistered)
We must thank Verizon for that, then Verizon replied Apple with its Droid brand and Android took off.
Well done Verizon.
58. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 886; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
dearkjedi I am well aware of the turn of events that led to that exclusity deal. Here some research I did for you so you can understand my comment:
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4. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
completely false. They have there phone on Sprints network when it was just 3g with the iphone 4s (and now the 5) and lte is not as wide as 3g and 3g on sprint SUCKS. (and I know this is about 4g lte but if they test LTE they should test ALL aspects of the phone not just lte)
19. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
there is no official iphone 3G/3GS for sprint, but I believe that there is or has been a free iphone 4 for sprint out there. Of course, the data speeds are terrible.
22. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)
I happen to have an iPhone on Sprint, and I know 4 other people that also do. I happen to love Sprint. Yes, it may have less coverage, but I think people exaggerate how much less it is. I still get full bars almost everywhere and the data speeds aren't bad. I can load up pretty much anything I want to. And with the cheaper plans and unlimited data, it was a perfect fit for me. Now stop making such stupid and uninformed (and quite frankly, poorly typed. Did you even graduate middle school?) comments and leave your misinformed opinions to yourself.
24. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)
Poorly typed, yes. Misinformed, no.
Everyone knows that Sprint's data speeds fall behind the other big three.
26. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
That may be true but its still sufficient for a lot of people and can handle various data based apps just fine. I'd rather have slowish data than have my data go fast, both in speed and the amount I am allowed to use for the month. AT&T and Verizon data is like a ferrari with a 2 gallon gas tank. It'll get you there fast but wont get you far.
50. lsutigers (Posts: 820; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Sprint had some issues with 3G data speeds in the past, just as AT&T did when they introduced the iPhone, except AT&T had issues with dropped voice calls which Sprint hasn't had and their coverage is very good.
The reality is that Sprint is re-building and upgrading it's networks from the ground up, nationwide. Data speeds with WiMAX were and still are good in most areas except coverage is somewhat limited. Once they made the switch to LTE, speeds have increased tremendously, including 3G speeds which will increase exponentially with the addition of the Nextel spectrum.
5. Captain_Doug (Posts: 997; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Apple, I don't like you. I just don't. We couldn't ever be friends.
6. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Apple will always be the bad company everyone hates. and why the hell are they testing their phones on LTE when its already availble? This is just stupid.
8. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
I would not say always. There was a time when Microsoft was in the same position too. Now that Microsoft is an underdog, people are starting to root for it again.
If Apple falls and Samsung takes over, I am pretty sure it will become a bad company everyone hates just like Apple. And people will start rooting for Apple again. American just loves rooting for underdogs.
39. 14545 (Posts: 1598; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I would say samsung is a good company now. Just better than the alternatives. And still better than apple. If apple falls again, I think it will be their last hoorah. The only real "innovative" idea they ever really had was the "iPod". People loved it, then because it became a household name, and a status symbol, people had to have the iPhone. When the iDevices stop being a status symbols, apple will die. They really offer nothing in the way of innovation and frankly they are just too stubborn to try and make something "different."
27. Aeires (unregistered)
New networks. There's still a lot of networks that don't carry the iPhone and not all have LTE, or are just getting it.
37. 14545 (Posts: 1598; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Actually, this is brilliant on their part. Honestly, if more OEM's did this, we probably would have the issues we have now with getting updates. Screw the carriers, they are DUMBPIPES. That is where they belong. They should not be adding crap(bloatware) to the phones, and they should not be forcing OEM's to lock bootloaders and the like. THEY SHOULD STAY THE HE77 OUT OF THE SOFTWARE BUSINESS. We don't need them screwing up the phones anymore than they already have.
PS, I hate apple. But I respect them on this.
9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3913; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Your highness, whilst thou checkest the LTE network...
Should not we re-order the earth according to the first order of iMaps??? Sounds mighty conquering!!
10. McLTE (Posts: 855; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
This is one area which I can appreciate Apple.
I like how they do NOT allow the carriers to bully them around and make crazy demands.. like.. allowing Verizon to put their logo on the Note2 home button.. WTF!!!
I would like other manufacturers (and google) to get a little bit stronger with the carriers. I'd would help with more Verizon issues like the Nexus being multiple updates behind. That's just WRONG.