So there I was this weekend out at Fort Mason in San Francisco. I was at the Guardsmen Christmas Tree Lot and was walking back from there to my car parked far away. I decided to check my Zooomr Social Stream on my iPhone. Now here’s the dilema. How long do you wait for Edge to try and connect to a website before aborting and trying to tell it to reload? Do you wait one minute? two minutes? 5 minutes? In my case I waited from the time I left the tree lot until I got to my car — which was about 8 minutes. I saw that little bar running across the screen and just felt any second it was going to load — but then it *never* did.
Now if you abort and retry, you might be waiting a whole other 8 minutes to get a web page. Or if you abort you might get your page on reload in 45 seconds. It’s just a hell of a gamble with the devil. Do you wait? Or do you reload? In my case when I reloaded after 8 minutes the site came up within 60 seconds. But other times it hasn’t. It’s just such a crap shoot.
Bottom line is that Edge sucks. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Apple and AT&T; need to do something significant to fix this system. Having to wait 8 minutes for a web page to load in one of the largest cities in the United States is simply unacceptable. I guess when you are AT&T; and have a monopoly you can just tell everyone to bug off rather than to spend money improving your platform and infrastructure. And I guess if you’re Apple you’ll just take the crap that AT&T; feeds you because… well, because you’re greedy I guess.
I will say that my Verizon EVDO card on my Mac is 1000% better than my iPhone’s crappy Edge service.