“iPhone 4S is the first phone to intelligently switch between two antennas to transmit and receive, so call quality is better. It also doubles the maximum HSDPA data speeds to 14.4 Mbps. Which means faster connections, faster loading and reloading, and faster downloads. And iPhone 4S is a world phone, so you can use it almost anywhere. Whether you’re a GSM or CDMA customer, you can roam GSM networks in 200 countries around the world.”
What it does not state is that the HSDPA is only available through AT&T and not with Verizon or Sprint. So much for not needing an LTE chip in these phones because if you want to attempt to get the 14.4 Mbps download, the only way it will be possible is with AT&T. If you do decide to go with AT&T for the HSDPA, good luck finding a spot where you can find such speeds.
The AT&T iPhone is supposed to have a faster network for data than Verizon, even on the iPhone 4. I can tell you from personal experience, as I have an AT&T iPhone and my wife has Verizon, AT&T’s network is not exactly running the way it should be. You can file it under frustrating when I tell you how many times not only does she get a faster connection than me on her iPhone 4, there are several times I get no connection at all while hers is working fine.
I find it kind of odd that they failed to mention this during the keynote today. One would wonder if this could be looked at as false advertising because they clearly left some very important facts out.