When Apple’s 2.0.2 firmware update for the iPhone hit yesterday, iPhone 3G owners experiencing 3G speed and connectivity problems were hopeful that the update would address their problem at least a little bit (though it’s possibly that it could be a hardware problem that can’t be fixed with a software update).
Nothing wrong with hoping.
All Apple said about the update was that it has some “bug fixes”, so in typical Apple fashion they didn’t promise anything so they’re not on the hook for anything.
Some 3G issues seem to have been addressed at least a little bit (though not all users are in agreement) but it looks like a new problem might have been introduced.
Some iPhone 3G owners are reporting the inability to make phone calls over 3G, with every attempted call resulting in a “call failed” error even when full signal strength is displayed on the device.
Its not clear yet just how many users this is affecting, but even one is too many.
If you or someone you know is having this problem, switching the phone to EDGE in Settings > General > Network seems to help (until Apple fixes the problem).
While most iPhone 3G users are having a great time and enjoying the heck out of the device, some are frustrated with its 3G data performance and poor reception.
According to Nomura Securities analyst Richard Windsor “these issues are typical of an immature chipset and radio protocol stack.”
Windsor believes that the supplier of the the 3G chipset used by the iPhone 3G is Infineon and also believes that the problem isn’t one that can be addressed by a firmware update.
If you’re an iPhone 3G owner and have noticed a big slowdown when surfing the web, check to see if you have a 3G or EDGE connection–you’ve probably dropped to EDGE and that’s the reason for the change in speed.
Wi-Fi > 3G > EDGE > writing the pages by hand on the fly (but just barely)
That’s an exaggeration, of course, but you get the idea. An updated protocol stack might make some difference but if the problem really is with the chipset and radio the hardware would need to be replaced to make a meaningful difference.
HTC announced today that their Touch DUAL smartphone is coming to the US and be the first phone released for the US market that will ship with the new Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system pre-installed.
The GSM-based Touch DUAL will be sold unlocked at Best Buy this spring and will work on AT&T’s 3G network as well as T-Mobile’s slower EDGE service.
Other features of the phone will be:
- 2-megapixel camera
- Office Mobile
- Live HTC Home
No pricing info just yet.