Does Apple limit data speeds on some U.S. carriers?

Does Apple limit data speeds on some U.S. carriers?
According to a person who provides hacks for the Apple iPhone, a code was found on iOS that effectively lowers the data speed on three U.S. wireless carriers. Joseph Brown says that he has found code on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad running on Verizon, Sprint and AT&T that limits the speed of the devices. For example, Brown claims to have found code on the AT&T branded Apple iPhone 5 that limits the device to a much lower speed than the phone is capable of reaching.

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."

source: CNET



1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple also has a broadband price plan for carriers. 1 mega bits, 5 mega bits, 10 megabits, 20 megabits and unlimited. Brilliant actually!

10. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i agree with you! while many might look down upon this apple know how to make money

12. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

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.

13. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

20. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Quit copying and pasting your list on all the comment sections of these articles dude. We get the point, Apple sucks.

22. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

the truth must be said every time to get rid of any rotten part of the world :)

2. FlushGordon unregistered

Yep...Telco douchbagery ... playing predictably unfair

3. wendygarett unregistered

Here's the advice, don't buy the apple device, problem solved

5. ihatesmartphone unregistered


7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And for those who are already stuck with the Apple device? This may be inadvertent, but "don't buy Apple" sounds like sensible advice. ;)

21. WM6.5Sucks

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

"Deal with it?" lol sorry I had to go there. XD

9. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

most corrupted company!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And bad and Rotten™ When will this company RIP®

23. indigo87

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

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.

24. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Then I would steer clear of Samsung. My iPhone gets 36 down and 12 up on ATT LTE while I the same location I dropped to 23 down and 8 up on my Note 2

4. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

Fanboys will say this good.

6. giri555

Posts: 111; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Apple has become an evil bad loser now a days....far away from Steve Jobs vision...

14. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Jobs started that.... he was psychopathic..... something like Adolf :)

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"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.

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

IPhone is soooo slow

16. NE_BE

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 21, 2013

Just so android fanboys can go nuts... GO windows phone!

17. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Next! Was good bait for fandroids to post though! You can easily spot them..LOL + 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."

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I trust Anandtech as a thanks for the updated info. .......I just thanked this I feel a lil Seriously, thanks.

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Now i see why AT&T got rid of their UNLIMITED DATA PLANS. thanks a bunch

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