Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Sep 2012 16:15 UTC
Apple "Apple today announced it has sold over five million of its new iPhone 5, just three days after its launch on September 21, and more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the world's most advanced mobile operating system." The last claim is debatable, but the figures are not - very impressive. Of course, do note that the iPhone 5 was available in more countries than the 4S in its first weekend, and if you take that into account, the iPhone 5 didn't do any better than the 4S at all (which doesn't negate the incredible sales - it just highlights the smartphone market's growth might be slowing). It's also lower than what analysts expected, but they're just monkeys throwing darts at figures anyway.
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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by darknexus on Wed 26th Sep 2012 10:09 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
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If you have a tethering plan (or you're jailbroken), it's a lot faster.

I suppose it depends on where you're located and what your carrier options are. Here in the US it's getting quite hard to find any carrier that'll give you unlimited data, and their caps are quite low (usually 3 to 5 gb). It strikes me that, in that situation, the last thing I'd want is a super-fast mobile internet as that would make it far easier to go over a cap. Of course, that's probably exactly what most carriers have planned. The only one I know of to actually offer what they claim is an unlimited LTE plan is Sprint, and their coverage is terrible where I am so they're not an option. I have AT&T's so-called unlimited right now, though even that is limited in that they'll speed-throttle you. If I ever get an LTE phone, no doubt I'll have to give that up if I actually want to use LTE and get hard-capped all over again. I don't really see the point of LTE until the carrier situation gets better which, in this country, it never will given how the carriers and FCC have everything locked out to the point that only the major carriers can even exist. Even the regional carriers have to license their network time from the big boys.

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RE[7]: Comment by MOS6510
by WorknMan on Wed 26th Sep 2012 21:05 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510"
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It strikes me that, in that situation, the last thing I'd want is a super-fast mobile internet as that would make it far easier to go over a cap.

It depends. I work from home, and every once in awhile, my internet access goes down. When that happens, it's very convenient to be able to tether off the phone until my cable internet connection comes back up. And it's a lot better having a 15mpbs connection to tether off of, vs 4mpbs.

Having an LTE connection doesn't suddenly make you start consuming MORE data - it just makes whatever you're consuming come down the pipe faster. So as long as you're not stupid and streaming HD videos (or whatever), it's fine.

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