New Apple tablet could overwhelm wireless data networks

New Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac. $15 discount!“One thing we know: Apple’s iPhone is so massively popular that the network it officially runs on (AT&T’s) often has a hard time keeping up. Densely-populated areas have problems with dropped calls and unreliable data services since so many iPhone users are choking the network. It got so bad that AT&T stopped selling the iPhone from its website this past weekend, seemingly trying to slow sales down because its network couldn’t handle it,” Brian White writes for BloggingStocks.

MacDailyNews Take: According to AT&T, online sales were temporarily halted inthe New York City area due to fraud concerns, not in order to “slow sales down because its network couldn’t handle it.” That lattr theory was a blogger’s rather specious concoction.

White continues, “So what happens when Apple releases the next, best thing? …If an Apple tablet is announced in January and released shortly thereafter, are the wireless networks the device will run on be overwhelmed?”

Full article here.


  1. Wimax for get weak cell phone companies…. Wimax is gonna open the flood gates and we won’t have to worry bout bogging down Att nor verizon and we will have one flat rate lik 40 bux unlimited everything… That’s what google is headed for… Apple knows what’s up they need bigger unrestricted pipes u don’t think apple is looking at wimax compatible as an option?

  2. I believe this device will be available to everyone and will not have telecommunications, unless of course you want to tether it to your existing phone and service.

    As for its impact on wireless networks, overblown is the operative word here, not overwhelmed. If tethering is possible, it will have an incremental impact as sales increase but otherwise I see a device like this cannibalizing laptop and netbook sales.

  3. @g4gublie would u teather A NETBOOK to a laptop? That’s what apple is probably gonna dominate and xceede where netbooks failed ofcourse it wouldn’t be a book it would b a tablet.

  4. The horrible dial-up speed 10 years ago didn’t exactly stop people buying computers and using the Internet more, nor did the often-jammed cell networks halt the explosion of cellphone purchase. The only thing that seems shorter today is patience.

  5. I remember complaining about the bandwidth of a 14.4 Apple Geoport Telecom Adapter. I think Apple is hoping to see sales more similar to the iPod touch rather than similar to the iPhone. I think it will have Wifi, but it will not be a phone.

  6. If the tablet is ever released, a device like it will have enough internal space to support more than one cell radio, so that Apple can still manufacture one device, but make it available on both GSM and CDMA networks as well as Wi-Fi and anything else they can think of.

    @ G4Dualie:

    I have to disagree. The “killer application” with mobile devices is the ability to always be connected. Apple knows this and will always develop and utilize ways to make it as easy as possible for their customers to get connected… tethering is not one of those ways.

  7. Will it be backwards compatible with my phone line ? Like have a phone Jack ? Cuz I’m still on dial up ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”hmmm” style=”border:0;” />

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