Does Apple limit data speeds on some U.S. carriers?
posted by Alan F. / Jun 06, 2013, 3:00 AM
Brown also spotted the code for the iPhone 5 running on Verizon's 4G LTE network. While the code did not appear for Sprint's 4G LTE service, it does appear for the Apple iPhone 5 using Sprint's Ev-Do 3G pipeline. Brown also added that T-Mobile appears not to be affected because it uses different frequencies for LTE and HSPA+.
The resulting slowdown in data speeds that the code leads to is akin to throttling. Brown believes that because Apple is running its own OS on its phone and tablet, the code could have been placed there at the request of the carriers. The hacker says, "The (Apple) OS eats much more data, even when in idle mode, than most phones on the market. So by carrier request, Apple limits devices to 'even out' the network, even if it means Galaxy users out perform Apple devices by such large scales."
This is denied by Verizon. Spokeswoman Brenda Rainey said that Verizon does not throttle although she did admit that when high volume 3G users are connected to a congested cell site, Verizon will temporarily manage the speed of that person's data. As for the code allegedly written into iOS, "For that, you would have to call Apple."
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Apple also has a broadband price plan for carriers. 1 mega bits, 5 mega bits, 10 megabits, 20 megabits and unlimited. Brilliant actually!
posted on Jun 06, 2013, 3:06 AM 2
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I actually had the iPhone5 on Verizon and noticed this. I was getting HSPA+ speeds or worse on the LTE network. An average speed for me would've been 8 megs down. Another reason I don't own an iPhone anymore.
posted on Jun 06, 2013, 8:47 AM 3
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Brilliant because: 1) eating too much traffic for nothing when idle in compare to other phones 2) "iOS is the most vulnerable OS in the world" 3) iOS apps leak more personal info than Android 4) not capable to code default app selection ? Really brilliant?? Sorry but youre just brainwashed by your feature phone, not a real smartphone :) More here bit [dot] ly/RYzOPP
posted on Jun 06, 2013, 9:43 AM 0
Here's the advice, don't buy the apple device, problem solved
posted on Jun 06, 2013, 3:20 AM 16
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And for those who are already stuck with the Apple device? This may be inadvertent, but "don't buy Apple" sounds like sensible advice. ;)
posted on Jun 06, 2013, 5:51 AM 1
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They said they throttle other devices on their network so it does not matter what you buy it will be throttle on AT&T's & Verizon's network. Which sucks for all the users who over paid for data plans to be throttle.
posted on Jun 07, 2013, 5:59 AM 0
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Apple has become an evil bad loser now a days....far away from Steve Jobs vision...
posted on Jun 06, 2013, 5:02 AM 10
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"The hacker says, "The (Apple) OS eats much more data, even when in idle mode, than most phones on the market." Really?!?! And Apple, iPhone fanboys like to claim this about Android.... I see there are some things we dont know about iOS.
posted on Jun 06, 2013, 6:16 AM 6
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Next! Was good bait for fandroids to post though! You can easily spot them..LOL http://www.anandtech.com/show/
Update, June 6 at 1:10 p.m. PT: Adds that iTweakiOS has since taken the post down without explanation. Brian Klug over at AnandTech has put together a detailed explainer that pokes holes in Brown's idea, adding that throttling is "not the case currently with any iOS devices."
posted on Jun 06, 2013, 5:55 PM 0
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