Bugs & Fixes: iPhone 3GS signal strength oddities
Posted 26 June 2009 - 06:46 AM
Posted 26 June 2009 - 07:09 AM
The traffic explanation makes perfect sense to me. This is why in downtown San Francisco I can almost never maintain a 3G connection, while in Philadelphia last week I had 3G wherever I went. Philadelphia may have a much larger population, but I'm willing to bet that it has no where near the density of population of iPhone users, or users of AT&T's 3G network in general. Even in New York, where I hear people often complain about not getting 3G, I had 3G about 85% of the time. In SF, it's more like 20% of the time.
This is also why AT&T is scared out of its wits of allowing us to tether and send MMS messages. They know that when iPhone users get a feature, they use it. Feature rates have always been based on how likely people are to use the feature, not simply on how much they cost to use.
I had suspected that users jumping into the network were given priority over those who had been there for a while. But I hadn't heard that confirmed until now. Makes sense.
Posted 26 June 2009 - 07:13 AM
I had to swap mine twice before I got one I was okay with. And now I absolutely love it.
The only time I've been concerned with signal was when I couldn't even get Edge, and I got the little circle in it's place. Forget what it's called, but its below Edge.
Anyway, for the most part, mine works great. Except I noticed if you're in a moving car, 3G speeds are much slower than if you're sitting still.
Posted 26 June 2009 - 07:57 AM
Posted 26 June 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:33 AM
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