There’s a lot of blog chatter and a New York Times Article talking about how iPhones are Overloading AT&T’s Cellular Wireless 3G Network in places around the country.
One Blog Link here: http://prairiepundit.blogspot.com/2009/09/iphone-overload.html
And this one here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=5323
(part of which says:)
Whats interesting about the situation that AT&T finds itself in is that while smartphones have been around for years, people really didnt use them like they use the iPhone. Up until the iPhone, smartphones were cellphones with a browser clumsily attached. The iPhone is basically a pipe to the internet with a phone attached. On top of that, a huge number of apps aimed at the iPhone connect to the internet in one way of another, making it an even bigger network hog.
Oh, and tethering and MMS will just make things worse
Personally, I dont blame the iPhone or users of the iPhone. The easy target for blame is AT&T for not having invested enough cash in its infrastructure to handle the iPhone, but thats a dodge too. The real culprit here is Apple. By tying the iPhone to the AT&T network it meant that customers had no choice as to which carrier to choose, and the chosen carrier is in a position where it doesnt really have to work that hard to please customers because theyre stuck anyway. Opening out the iPhone to other carriers (which seems increasingly likely over the next 12 months anyway) would have introduced the element of competition into the mix. Im pretty sure that AT&T wanted the deal to be exclusive too, but it seems clear now that the company didnt really know what it was getting into (or didnt plan for it at any rate).
(again, as I always say, more at that link: http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=5323)
And the NY Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/03/technology/companies/03att.html?_r=1&em
* I received an email from one yacht captain having problems in an area. A portion of that email is as follows:
It has been a summer of frustration with our data connections across New England. Some days [or sometimes hours] it works great and then poof it’s gone or extremely slow. As you may recall I went into “very concerned” mode back in June when we docked in Greenwich, CT. We’re back here again and this morning the whole system was unworkable. But I think I know exactly why this is now… and as you suspected. Please see the attached article from the New York Times on Sept. 3, 2009. I saw this in the paper and thought of you. I just logged on to the newspaper and copied it for your viewing. Enjoy!
So I think there’s a cry that we Need More Cow Bell ! I thought of that as a funny way to put it. If I remember right in the movie Deja Vu … one of the young engineers shouted that out “I need more cowbell” as they were scanning THE NOTE to transmit it back 4 days to Denzel Washingtons characters desk in the movie. Also it’s funny that in that movie … that using so much Cow Bell caused Power Grid Outages in large areas in the movie (and they talked about previous large Power Outages.) Similarly 3G iPhone and other 3G users using up so much of the Cow Bell is causing area outages (or slowdowns?) as well.
* So since there’s not enough Cow Bell a lot of users are getting booted off of cellular service or are getting slower and less than paid for performance. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that 🙂
Deja Vu on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more… … Dr. Denny’s line, “I need more cowbell“
Dr. Denny’s line, “I need more cowbell”, is a reference to the Blue Öyster Cult‘s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” sketch in “Saturday Night Live” (1975), during which the track’s producer (played by Christopher Walken) demands “more cowbell” in the song.
* By the way, there are a lot of other 3G devices vying for that Internet Bandwidth – Cellular 3G Routers that share the connection. Forget about tethering (as Jacky Gleason would say in Smoky and the Bandit “That’s baby sh compared…”) What you oughta worry about is that EVERYONE is GETTING ON. Cellular Sharing Routers were out, articles on the Internet (do-it-yourself), then companies started building them commercially. This has been done for over 5 years now that I know of. Because it follows the timeline of my Marine Telecom Business. So the Cow Bell Users were already out there before the iPhone, the iPhone just added a lot more of them in a hurry because of the popularity of the product.
* Anyway there’s an old saying … You can put coulda, woulda, and shoulda in One Hand, and (Cow Bell) in the other hand, and see which one fills up first.
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