In order to understand real world bandwidth allocation, I conducted an experiment to gather actual data rates from both Verizon and AT&T. In this experiment, I used two modern smart phones (Internet enabled, dual radio): a Motorola Droid running the Android 2.1 operating system on the Verizon network, and an Apple iPhone running the iPhone 3G operating system on the AT&T network.
The big news in tech this week is that the impossible has happened; after years of speculation, rumors, and hot debate, the iPhone will now finally be available on Verizon. But what’s the big deal? Today we get into CDMA vs GSM, and why the two wireless carriers are actually very different. We debate the ‘G’ system – 3G, 3GPP, 4G, LTE, WiMAX, and other acronyms, and we figure out whether SIM cards are awesome or dangerous.
In an earlier episode, we briefly described “Web 3.0″– mobile computing and ubiquitous sensor driven applications. Those might seem like buzzwords, but consider the developing world, where the cell phone is the main computing device. Coupled with the advent of always on WAN, the smart phone/mobile device is the computing device of the future.