Originally Posted by pauldfullerton
Because the Wikipedia article says .. "Telstra opted to use the 850 MHz band for Next G in preference to the more common 2100 MHz band ...". Now I don't know whether that comment is correct or not. But, if it is, perhaps Telstra need to explain why they chose 1800 MHz rather than 2100 MHz when they probably already knew that Apple would use the 2100 MHz band used by AT&T, and that by choosing 1800 MHz they would not be able to offer 4G LTE support for the run-away best selling tablet device on the planet.
Let just hope that Optus and Vodafone have thought more carefully about their choice of band for 4G LTE or whatever '4G' technology they choose to rollout.
I would challenge that. 1800mhz is a prominent and suitable band for 4G LTE. Just because it's not what is supported by the new iPad does not invalidate the band: http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-ne...lte-worldwideq
At the same time, 850mhz is a suitable choice for 3G. I'm not sure what exactly Wiki is referring to but 2100mhz is not a dominant band from what I can see... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UMTS_frequency_bands
... So it's not a band that is even used in the US for "3G" ~ even if Telstra chose this for 3G there would not really be a case for facilitating 4G. Again, at the same time, 2100mhz is by no means a standard 4G band. So 2100mhz has never been a no-brainer choice.
Telstra Mobile at least, has sat down and thought this through. They're not perfect, but they appear to have focused on the service first and foremost, rather than what devices would sell well. Because of a history of government ownership at varying degrees, they have been compelled to at least think a little more about what they are supposed to deliver rather than be let loose purely to the winds of market forces. So I do think they have thought "more carefully" about things, and maybe you're thinking about things in reverse... Because no one knows what Apple is going to release, and Apple can change anything at any time.
Originally Posted by jragosta
That's not even close to being true.
Let's say you bought an AT&T 3G phone - and then traveled to somewhere that they didn't have 3G coverage. That doesn't make it stop being a 3G phone - and no one in their right mind would blame the phone manufacturer.
Similarly, millions of people bought 3G phones and then went overseas and found that they didn't work. Does that mean that the manufacturer lied when they said that it was a 3G phone?
I would challenge this as well. The AT&T 3G iPhone did not work ~everywhere~, but it worked in many, many countries. The iPhone 3G and 3GS was extremely widespread despite being officially available in very few countries, especially initially. Same for the history of iPad 3G.
The iPad 4G ~doesn't work~ anywhere except the US and Canada, and I wonder what other countries it works in, would be great if someone fills us in. But there is a distinct difference between AT&T 3G and iPad 4G.