Youtube: is it Apple or O2?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by daneoni, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Anytime i try to watch youtube vids over the 3G network on my 3GS it is ALWAYS a horrible experience, the video is completely blurry, sound is muffled and you pretty much cant make out any detail at all on the vids. The only to get decent quality is to use Wi-Fi

    I thought this was O2 throttling its network for any streaming content. However i just got a Pre and Youtube vids load perfectly and at high quality on it over 3G

    Is it the iPhone or O2 thats the culprit?
  2. 226896 Guest

    Sep 13, 2008
    A bit of both. The iPhone automatically degrades the quality when on 3G or EDGE because:

    1. It would take ages to load, so in Apple's eyes it's a "better user experience" because it buffers faster.

    2. O2 would get pissy at Apple for allowing users to stream full quality YouTube videos over 3G and EDGE.
  3. daneoni thread starter macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  4. Vandam500 macrumors 68000


    Sep 29, 2008
    You can easily have Wifi quality Youtube videos anywhere. It's very simple actually, just jailbreak your iPhone (less then 5 minutes) then buy a app called "3G Unrestrictor" and that's all :)
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I was just going to say the same.
    With a jailbroken iphone and 3G Unrestrictor youtube its tricked into thinking its connected to wifi all the time even when on 3G or Edge. So all videos would be high quality, probably a little longer to download also.

  6. lollicup macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    someone brought this up before
  7. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    I must be lucky :)

    YouTube on my 3gs via 3G/O2 is perfect - and I don't always get a strong signal.
  8. BergerFan macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2008
    Mos Eisley
    It's a balance between user experience and quality. The image quality isn't that bad, for viewing on the go.
    I tried 3GUnresrictor, and I found that videos took just a little bit too long, and kept buffering, making the experience frustrating, despite the image quality.

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