iPhone speed tests give nod to ATT, Israel
Ookla founder and Speedtest.net creator Doug Suttles has run tests that show the AT&T iPhone holding the 3G performance lead in the US but still trailing well behind much of the world. In step with AT&T's use of 7.2Mbps HSPA for its 3G versus Verizon's 3.1Mbps EVDO Revision A, the original iPhone carrier was benchmarked roughly twice as fast on average, pulling roughly 1.7Mbps downstream and 712Kbps upstream compared to Verizon's 804Kbps and 502Kbps. The testing is consistent with early reviews and was reflective of the apparent tradeoff in the US, where Verizon users trade speed for reliability.
Device long delayed
Beginning at midnight Wednesday local time, Israelis will at last be able to buy the iPhone, Reuters reports. Cellcom will be the first carrier with the device, though it is set to be followed by Orange and Pelephone on Thursday. In contrast with some earlier reports, each of the carriers is being required to buy just 80,000 iPhones for resale rather than 100,000.
Israeli iPhone delays
The launch of the Israeli iPhone continues to be beset by problems, a regional website notes. Although Apple has signed deals with carriers Orange, Cellcom and Pelephone, iSpot notes that the device is not yet available in the country. The release date has in fact been delayed twice, and is now only scheduled for October. Carriers are each being required to sell 100,000 iPhones per year, for a duration of three years.
Israeli iPhone coming
Israelis should finally be able to buy the iPhone in the near future, announcements reveal. Partner Communications -- which operates the Israeli division of Orange -- says it has signed an agreement with Apple Sales International, which will allow it to sell iPhones domestically for a period of at least three years. Partner is in turn expected to buy a minimum number of iPhones each year, representing a "significant portion" of all its cellphone purchases.