Slow Chip Stifles iPhone 3GS Upload Speeds

in iPhone edited January 2014

Slow Chip Stifles iPhone 3GS Upload Speeds

At Apple?s Worldwide Developers Conference, the company proudly boasted that the new iPhone 3GS supports 7.2Mbps High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) ? a faster, next-generation network standard that many carriers plan to adopt. However, downlink only refers to download speeds; the company made no mention of uplink speeds, or how fast users will be able to upload data.

That?s probably because Apple didn?t want anyone to know that the iPhone 3GS contains a 3G chip with a surprisingly low upload speed ? a Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systemchip High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (UMTS HSDPA) chip, one of the earliest 3G technologies that phones were using years ago, according to Tero Kuittinen, an MKM Partners telecom analyst.

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  • Reply 1 of 2
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,989member
    Your title and the article is a bit misleading

    7.2 HSDPA as a standard with an uplink speed up to 384k.

    there is another standard HSUPA which supports higher uplink speeds which is not supported by the iPhone 3GS, nor was it ever claimed to be supported by the iPhone 3GS.

    You may as well toss in the Verizon compatible chip as being missing as it's the same reasoning.

    Originally Posted by Trajectory View Post


    Slow Chip Stifles iPhone 3GS Upload Speeds

  • Reply 2 of 2
    trajectorytrajectory Posts: 647member
    It's actually the title of the article I quoted, not my own. I thought I'd throw a bone to all the iPhone haters that come here from MacRumors.
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