LTE is the Best Feature I Can’t Use
A month ago I went back on what I said, and bought a Galaxy S3. Last November, when I went to the Galaxy Nexus, I told myself I would be sticking with Nexus devices exclusively from that point forward. I made it through the HTC One X release without even being tempted to purchase one, though to be honest I didn’t find that phone to be the least bit intriguing. Fast forward to the release of the Galaxy S3, and to make a long story short, I found it too attractive to pass up. That said, I am pretty satisfied with the phone overall except for one thing, the LTE functionality. Let me be clear, I love AT&T’s LTE network as it provides me with some very impressive data speeds. I tend to average between 12 and 15 Mbps, and have experienced data speeds as high as 60Mbps. Where the problem comes in is, AT&T’s lousy data offerings. As you are probably aware, AT&T only has one data plan that makes any sense, the 3gb/mo plan. If you’re wondering why I didn’t mention the 5gb plan, it’s because it doesn’t make sense to enroll in it. Getting back on topic, 3gb of data simply is not enough for a high-speed connection such as LTE. To put this into perspective, consider the fact that even before 3g came along, cell carriers offered unlimited data plans or had a 5gb data cap. Today we have LTE, which is ridiculously faster than the 2g data speeds of yesteryear, yet the data limits have gone down instead of increasing with the data speeds. AT&T advertises all these different devices, and markets their ability to be used as a multimedia convergent device, yet their data plan offerings don’t support the very features they advertise. For example, if you use your phone to watch videos each day, you will quickly go over your data limit. To be fair, AT&T is not the only carrier guilty of offering terrible data plans, as T-Mobile and Verizon are both in the same boat also. When I’m trying to show a youtube video to a friend, I shouldn’t have to think about what network I’m connected to before I push play. I should be able to simply play the video I want to watch, without having to think about it. It’s ridiculous that I bought a phone AT&T told me I could game on, yet I can’t use AT&T to download the data for the very game they told me I could play. The game Order and Chaos has a download of over 800mb, so I have to make sure I’m not connected to AT&T when I download it, otherwise I’ll use 1/3 of my data allotment just by downloading one game. Keep in mind, one of the Galaxy S3 features AT&T pushes, is the fact it’s good for gaming…just don’t download it on their network. That is completely ridiculous, what good is LTE if I can’t actually use it?