updated 07:05 pm EDT, Mon August 25, 2008
Poor global 3G speeds
In light of a large roundabout of finger-pointing, a study reveals that the slow iPhone 3G speeds are stemming from poorly implemented carrier networks, rather than reported firmware issues with the device. Wired offered its Gadget Lab test results, collected from over 2600 international users, showing that Apple's highly-coveted iPhone is limited by overall network performance, rather than being susceptible to poor performance, due to its firmware or hardware components.
The data revealed that, overall, Australia was prone to see the slowest service, with a national average download speed of 759 Kilobits-per-second, with both Optus and Virgin clocking in at around 390 Kilobits-per-second. German and Netherlands users admitted to having the fastest download speeds at around 2000 Kilobits-per-second, with T-Mobile claiming the fastest performance overall at 1822 Kilobits-per-second. Canadian providers Fido and Rogers were tied for second, reporting 1330 Kilobits-per-second.
AT&T won recognition for having the most "zero" ratings, with 63 null results returned out of a global 80 null ratings. AT&T tied Telstra, Telia, and Softbank for third place, with average speeds of 990 Kilobits-per-second.