Today I've decided to reflect on a topic that has been bugging me for quite sometime - just what is the big fuss over 3G mobile phones?
We've heard for years now that eventually, 3G will replace the standard 2.5G network and everyone will be using video calling and downloading multimedia content, just like we see on those flashy commercials. Duh!
Well, forgive my doubts but we're now in 2006 and guess what? 3G users in Australia amount to a paltry 500,000 users, compared to a whopping 20 million still on the 2.5G network. And there's a very good reason for this.
Despite the promises by 3G networks of all the content in the world, cheap calls and quality handsets, generally, the 2.5G network provides better service, better call quality and better handsets. Sure, there are some exceptions, but despite all the fuss, we really don't think there is any reason whatsoever to make the switch to 3G.
Unless you absolutely require video calling, the expensive downloadable content isn't enough to sway us. In our opinion it's all a gimmick and until the service improves and the handsets become smaller, we'll stick with the reliable 2.5G network thanks!