Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pathetic 3G performance of iPhone 4S on SoftBank

My iPhone 4S's 3G browsing performance is very slow and this has been the case with my previous iPhone 3GS as well. I don't know who actually is the culprit; whether it is Softbank's crappy 3G network or Apple's crappy (i.e. form over function) antenna/software design. It is possible that the crappiness of both parties get together to make it as bad as it is.
This is what I get with Speedtest on my 4S. It doesn't even break 1Mbps. (I cannot test it on my wife's phone because it doesn't have unlimited internet.)
Looks pathetic, doesn't it? So much for "almost 4G" like 3G performance. Apple's BS marketing yet again fools the community. 
If you actually make calls on the iPhone, you will be amazed how often the calls get dropped. I don't remember such thing with any of the phones back in Sri Lanka. I didn't understand what everyone was babbling about when they were saying their calls get dropped. It started with the 3GS, and I made like 20 calls in the entire 1.5 years I had it with me. Now on the iPhone 4S, even though they say they have improved the antenna design, I still see the same dropped calls. Now it is more, because I make at least a couple of calls every day.You cannot point at Apple, but people out there say that after moving from an iPhone to an Android or a Windows Phone handset, they haven't experienced a single dropped call.
Another thing that is weird about the signal level indicator is, when I am browsing the internet, suddenly the signal level would drop to zero bars, and then it would rise up to 4 or 5 bars. It looks as if something went wrong while maintaining the connection to the base-station and it had to reset. I have never seen something like that on any other phone. 
I should look at somewhere else when I go hunting for a new phone.
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