iPhones create overload on AT&T network

Are you getting dropped calls on your iPhone? It's your fault. According to a report in today's New York Times, your iPhone is a data guzzler, and you, like most other iPhone owners, use it a lot. After all, it's the greatest handheld computer ever invented. But iPhone joy comes at a cost: the average iPhone owner uses as much as ten times the network capacity as a typical smartphone user. The result is a lot of angry customers. The article has some interesting anecdotes, including the occasion when thousands of iPhone owners attended a technology conference in Austin — and inadvertently brought the AT&T network to its knees. But don't despair. AT&T is currently spending billions to upgrade its network — an upgrade expected to be complete next year.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.