blog We’ve known for a while that the iPhone 5 would be dramatically slower on Vodafone’s network, as it doesn’t support 4G speeds like Telstra and Optus do in some areas. But just how much slower will your iPhone 5’s mobile broadband connection be if you’re a Vodafone customer? Gizmodo this week tested an iPhone 5 on all three networks, and unfortunately the situation is rather catastrophic for Vodafone. 2Mbps versus 26Mbps (Telstra) and 13.8Mbps (Optus) in the Sydney, CBD, for example. Gizmodo writes (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“The problem Vodafone faces is one of comparison: why would anyone buy an iPhone 5 on Vodafone, when for less money, they could get a 4G-enabled device and faster speeds? If Vodafone truly wants to be competitive on the iPhone 5-front it needs to take an axe to its prices until 4G comes online next year.”
As I’ve previously written, the launch of a 4G iPhone is terrible news for Vodafone. The company simply does not have the 4G network infrastructure to compete against Telstra and Optus for the lucrative swag of iPhone 5 customers. The company previously saw a large erosion of its prepaid customer base through the #Vodafail series of network outages and problematic connections. It seems very likely that it will now lose a lot of the iPhone customers it had gained over the past few years — and likely, most of them will go straight to Telstra, which has easily the best 4G network in Australia at the moment. Did I mention that mobile competition is dying in Australia? Yeah.
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