Joseph Brown, the developer of hacked carrier updates for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint (which was released last night) that increase data speeds, has published a detailed report, which claims that Apple is throttling data speeds on the iPhone and iPad for carriers.
Apple and the carriers have implented coding to purposely slow down or limit the data speeds the device can achieve. “But, why would they do this?” you may ask. Well, every single reason as to why is simply something we can’t answer. However, from previous statements released by AT&T and many tech orginizations, iPhones are very complex devices with a very complex OS. The OS eats much more data, even when in idle mode, than most phones on the market. So by carrier request, Apple limits devices to “even out” the network, even if it means Galaxy users out perform Apple devices by such large scales.
Brown points out that Apple is limiting iPhone 5 to Category 10 (14.4Mbps) HSDPA despite the device’s support for category 24 (42.2Mbps) DC-HSDPA+ and the AT&T network supporting up to Category 14 (21.1Mbps) HSDPA+. Here’s a screenshot of AT&T’s network settings:
He has made the following observations after checking the network settings for the carriers:
- AT&T limits HSPA+ and permanently throttles LTE (unless hack is applied)
- Verizon permanently throttles LTE (unless hack is applied)
- Verizon and Sprint throttle down 3G (unless hack is applied)
- Apple has band preferences set for T-Mobile and AT&T causing signal issues (very much fixable by Apple and the carrier and is currently being looked into, from I’ve been told)
Over the last few weeks, Joseph has released hacked carrier updates to remove these limitation and increase data speeds, which seems to have worked for some users.
It will be interesting to see what Apple and carriers have to say about these allegations, as it is hard to believe that Apple is throttling data speeds unless there is a good reason to do so.
Click on the appropriate link for more details about the hacked carrier update for your network: