My experience of it in the UK is that, as a general rule, it works fine. In
a very crowded cell you may well have connection/stability problems (the
operators 'throttle' the bandwidth available to data calls if there is an
overwhelming demand for voice calls within that cell at that time, as voice
is currently more lucrative than data), and a sustained download rate of
33.6kbps is achievable.
From: Tom Motoyoshi Kalland [mailto:tmk_at_earthling.net]
Sent: 27 April 2002 20:52
Subject: (keitai-l) Re: In case you invested in 3G...
how well does gprs work in the uk? here in norway people also run around
buying gprs phones these days. tons of units sold, but i dont think most
ppl get to take adantage of the features as the gprs coverage isn't as
reliable as the telecoms like to pretend it is. u can consider yourself
lucky if u manage to get a connection to stay stable for 5min and push as
much as 14kbps. the packet fees are higher than what u end up paying for a
gsm data transfer as well so far. the tipping point wont happen before the
price is low enough AND the network actually works.
i think gprs is a major disapointment for most. its not working too well,
and the phones are still crap.
At 15:23 26.04.2002 +0100, you wrote:
>An interesting little factoid from the UK, rather like that low level of
>Foma usage on Foma.
>A fifth of all handsets sold in the UK by the Carphone Warehouse, the
>biggest phone retailer in the country, were GPRS in Q1. That's about 35,000
>And how many of those people used GPRS network services?
>This reminds me of the days when SMS was installed on all phones, but it
>took months and months before it took off and then boom.
>So where's the "Tipping Point"?
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