Fed up with their 3G speeds, the French are looking for the truth

Fed up with their 3G speeds, the French are looking for the truth
The French complaining is like fireworks on the 4th of July. It happens every time, and now the rage goes towards their cell phone 3G speeds. A whopping 41% revealed in a survey that they are most often getting only EDGE, or even GPRS signal. Furthermore, where 3G coverage is present, the speeds are pathetic, and making them reluctant to even use social networking on the go. More than a half of the people surveyed report their 3G speeds are better suited for mobile site versions and dedicated apps rather than the full-blown experience, so that's what they've been using mostly.

Since the French carriers offer unlimited data plans, the users are suspecting that unannounced restrictions on download speed have been in place. One of the largest carriers in France – Orange – has even been asked to reveal the average download speeds in its advertising, rather than quote only the peak numbers.

via IntoМobile



14. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Sure you do. And I get 25 down and 15 up on my E815. Please.

15. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Haha yes i do u want proof? Its not my fault u live in a crappy area were the internet isslowww...

10. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

well i am on t-mobile on LA and i am getting 9 mbps up and 7 mbps down on my web connect rocket stick for my laptop so its all good in the neighborhood over here in LA , i feel bad for them french..

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I get 1.5 Mbps to 3... with AT&T You know, I think people have unrealistic expectations of how fast their cell phone data speeds should be. This isn't cable internet...

6. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

So it's fine for U.S. phone subscribers to complain about their 3G services, but when it's the French, they don't have any credibility? Who is PhoneArena to decide which countries have credibility in complaining about their services? What a joke.

13. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

When have the French ever had credibility? Phonearena is spot on for once!

16. pierrot

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 08, 2010

I am not quite sure about PhoneArena questionning the credibility of the French, my english is not good enough. As for the comment above, and having been working in the telecommunication business both in France (10 y) and in the US (5 y), I think I am able to say that the state of telecom in quite advanced in France vs US. With close to 60 millions cell phones (1 per inhabitants including babies), I think the French quite have the credibility and the right and the knowledge to praise or complain about telecom services. (Apple is no fool, they did choose France as one of the first five countries to deploy iPhone4 because France is the country where Apple has the highest market share worldwide). Yes we do have a reputation for always complaining, but without people complaining and arguing, you still would be chatting with your next neighbor using smoke signal, but maybe this is what you do ... what's your bandwidth ? 1 bit per second ? you happy ? go ahead, keep paying ! If ADSL is quite cheap here (avg $35 for up to 24mbps), 3G is quite expensive, for ex a 1h voice + unlimited data (hum, in fact unlimited means you get 1 gb full speed and then unlimited at half speed), comes for a monthly of $55 ... I think that just that amount gives the right to complain.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I get 2.1 Mbps download and 300k upload for my speeds with AT&T. Wow, 200k is like EDGE in my area.

3. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

lol..plenty quick on att in socali ;-)

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1185; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

what do you want the cell phone companies to put in there adds speed = ? well it depends the only point of reference I can give you is I live in St. Paul, MN and at my house prime time 5pm sprint = around 800k downloads verizon = 600-900k downloads att = around 200k downloads tmobile none of my friends have them now none of these speeds are fast but they work fine

1. scottmbolt unregistered

Fuuuuuuuuck the French!

4. jenna_23

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 02, 2010

No fuck u. What are u 15 years old to be talking like that? Grow up

7. scottmbolt unregistered

Blow me.

9. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

u are retarted how the fuck is jenna going to blow u tru a computer screen????????


Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Jerk. im french

12. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Out of all the ridiculous and retarded comments on this page, Omarc's has got to be the most retarded. LMAO!

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