02/29/2012, 06:28 AM
I keep reading and hoping for "new devices," but am now kinda stuck. As I prepared myself to place a bid on one of those Pre3's for VeriZon, I got a call to make sure that my newly arrived Pre2 was working well. Close to 45 minutes on the phone with the rep (who is NOT a sales Guru) later, it came down to this:
VeriZon is pushing 4G LTE. Hard. Duh. AT&T are hot on the trail. But the long and short of it is that 3G is old REALLY OLD. 3G takes as much of a load on the system to download at 1.5Mbps as a 4G device at 10Mbps or more. And as I understand, when a 4G device wants space on their network, I am going to get pushed to the back of the line while they get priority. The nitty gritty of this can be debated, but my unlimited plan is NOT being throttled back because of my own usage. It's simply older technology, at least 5 years old, and in a "new" phone. I can understand the reasons for this, and it makes sense. The issue is that there isn't currently a 4G LTE WebOS device I can replace it with. Progress is progress, and I can deal with it or move on to something faster, and be "assimilated," or simply deal with the lag in busy areas as I am. The sales rep understands my affinity for WebOS, but that just isn't part of the discussion any more.
** The funny part is that all the iPhone users currently face the same issue in high usage areas (until fall). Their iPhone is OLD (for now) hahaha ** We did some impromptu tests at work during busy times, and sure enough, LTE devices are getting favored status. And why not? It's about the dosh and the contracts. And there really isn't much reason to service the older devices any more. The same happened when they old 2G gave way to 3G, when the equipment on the towers broke, it was NOT being replaced, but upgraded with 3G. I was actually surprised when I saw '1X' show up on a visit to the mountains for a camping trip!
I keep reading posts about new devices, but even the Pre3 is a 3G kit, and while it's 'newer' and 'faster' and as we have heard ad nauseum, "the OS is NOT the issue, but the hardware." If a device is to survive it's GOING to have to support the current data iteration. Period. I fear Nokia is about to learn this too, the hard way.
I've been a diehard, but even my old Antique Chevy isn't what I drive to the office every day. I do live in a high traffic metro area, and it's not a HUGE issue at the moment, but I can tell it's not going to get any better.
Help please. (and no, I will NOT get an iOS device).