Originally Posted by StormChaser
In Australia there is the same issue with using 3G on the iPhone with the Optus Network. the other 4 carriers that have 3G service do not seem to have issues with the iPhone. i prefer to have 3G off as the battery life seems to be only 50% but that maybe due to the network cutting in and out and drawing down the battery life. often with the phone on 3G, the signal just drops out and does not reconnect. the only thing to do is to turn the 3G off and back on or leave it off.
Even the call quality seems to be down as the calls drop or cut in and out. shameful for apple and Optus with what is otherwise a remarkable device way ahead of its time and competitors. at least 5 years ahead.
The fundamental problem is the absurd sense of entitlement that so many people have gotten. They buy something and expect perfection. It should do everything they could ever wish 100% of the time no matter what.
Sorry, folks, but it's the real world. Nothing works perfectly all the time.
In reality, the iPhone is a great device. On my old iPhone, browsing the web was painfully slow, so I hardly ever used it. On the iPhone 3G, it operates at decent speeds and is quite useful, so I use it quite a bit. Is it twice as fast? Probably, but who cares? It's much faster than the old one and is now fast enough that I can use it.
Does my iPhone occasionally drop calls? Sure. Just like every other phone I've ever had. Does it drop calls more than the other phones in the household (all using AT&T)? I don't think so - they all occasionally drop a call, but not frequently enough to be a problem. Even if the iPhone was marginally worse, it takes 2 seconds to return a call, so I would be able to live with it to get the other advantages of the iPhone.
Was the iPhone more expensive than other phones? Maybe yes, maybe no. It was more expensive than some and less expensive than others. But, again, who cares? I knew the price when I bought it, so it was a choice I made. People whining about the price don't have to buy one.
Do I like being locked into AT&T? Not really, but I don't really care. I used to use Sprint and before that Verizon and there really isn't all that much difference. My sales people claimed that when they were in very remote locations that AT&T service was better than the others, so we went with AT&T, but 99% of the time, I just don't think it matters all that much.
If you don't like the iPhone, don't buy it. If you buy it and it fails to meet your expectations, you have 30 days to return it. Just stop the whining stuff. I hope the court throws this one out. Quickly.