AT&T blamed for throttling uploads on its first 4G devices
0. phoneArena posted on 09 Mar 2011, 10:01
Many AT&T subscribers are noticing limited upload speeds on 4G-capable devices, while 3G cellphones are not affected…
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1. WirelessCon posted on 09 Mar 2011, 10:26 0 0
To qualify as Broadband the FCC requires 4Mbs download. How many broadband phones are out there? Not many.
3. clevername posted on 09 Mar 2011, 10:27 0 0
I'm actually not impressed with anything here. Even the download speed is lower than what I get on my iPhone 4, and barely more than what I get on my nexus 1. This is horrible att.
11. Fanboys Suck posted on 09 Mar 2011, 12:12 0 2
Your iPhone 4 has HSPA+ speeds.... what AT&T Calls 4G
22. remixfa posted on 09 Mar 2011, 17:04 0 0
No, the iphone4 does not have HSPA+. Only the atrix and inspire do... hence why they are called "4g" and its just an "iphone4" as in series 4, not 4g. lol
4. Rich (unregistered) posted on 09 Mar 2011, 11:05 1 4
Prolly some under the table agreement Apple made with ATT. Not suprised here. As many look at apple as advancers of technology, it might be just them that also holds it back.
10. snowgator posted on 09 Mar 2011, 12:12 2 0
Not only that, but Apple is also working on keeping children hungry in Africa and shelters full of sad looking dogs and cats. Amazing what these people are capable of, huh? Rich will have a full article on these and other amazing stories in next months "MAD" magazine.....
36. downphoenix posted on 10 Mar 2011, 19:35 0 0
Rich is correct, Seems AT&T is purposely crippling their network to boost Iphone 4 sales...
5. Hallucinator posted on 09 Mar 2011, 11:12 3 0
Rich, that is the dumbest thing I've ever read. You sir win idiot of the day.
7. JeffdaBeat posted on 09 Mar 2011, 11:57 1 0
I thought I read that there was a software upgrade that needed to be implemented to the towers to give the faster upload speed.
8. JeffdaBeat posted on 09 Mar 2011, 12:04 2 0
Plus, wouldn't it make more sense to throttle download speeds? Downloads would effect the network more than uploads since people are more likely to be getting data instead of sending it....
9. Phonearena User (unregistered) posted on 09 Mar 2011, 12:08 0 0
I thought it was more to do with some sort of "tag" that the i4 uses (embedded in the browser or something like that) that allows it to upload at faster rates. The other phones/devices do not use this tag. I though PA did an article on this a while back?
13. snowgator posted on 09 Mar 2011, 12:19 0 0
No AT&T fan, but they waited to roll out 4G at the expense of looking behind the competition all last year. One would have hoped that they were prepared to hit the ground running. A few months to work out all the issues of any upgrade of this scale is fair. By summer, there should be no excuse for these types of reports.
14. Itsnotthatserious (unregistered) posted on 09 Mar 2011, 12:36 1 0
It seems every problem by every phone manufacturer and wireless carrier can be fixed by everyone buying an iphone 4.
PA seems to give a plug for Apple in a lot of articles. It may be a nice phone, but it is not the answer all tech problems.
All "4G" networks are in the developmental stage. It will take a few months to see who is doing what in the real world. Stop listening to the commercials - LOL
15. Phonearena User (unregistered) posted on 09 Mar 2011, 13:29 0 0
PH did an article on this back in Feb 2011. See link above. It may have to do with the upload protocol other phones are using.
In a nutshell ... i4 is using the "latest" and hence gets better speeds. Other phones need an "update" the prior article suggests.
16. jon345 (unregistered) posted on 09 Mar 2011, 13:34 0 0
That WOULD make sense with those devices..if a device is faster overall..the bandwidth will be smoother..GPU/CPU/grafix card all have to work together to perform tasks
17. kcombs posted on 09 Mar 2011, 14:01 1 1
The Atrix and Inspire are both using HSDPA as part of the upload for the phone, HSPA+ is not implemented everywhere yet (about 85% complete) so when fully implemented you will have HSPA+ download and HSDPA upload which is basically 2G upload. I work for ATT and it's a shame they did that! I can tell you however that this user does not have HSPA+, I'm in the Orlando area which does have HSPA+ I get about 4.5mbps with my iPhone 4, with the Inspire and Atrix it's more.
23. remixfa posted on 09 Mar 2011, 17:06 0 0
HSDPA is not "2g", that would be 3g up to 7.2mbs.. or what ur iphone4's max is capabe of. Edge is 2g.
24. Tre-Nitty posted on 09 Mar 2011, 19:55 0 0
Wrong, Orlando doesn't have hspa+. I was just in Orlando for my anniversary and they had no hspa+ anywhere. Also if you go to ATT.com/network and scroll over Florida the entire state and nothing highlights for hspa+. I did speed test throughout the weekend and barely got 1.5 mbps download and 0.3 mbps upload. This is bs to the fullest that ATT is disabling hsupa on devices. I'm actually glad my phone is a data hog since they are being stupid about this. I've used 6.3 gb this month with 15 days left in the billing cycle. I hope I pass 10 gb.
26. kcombs posted on 10 Mar 2011, 09:30 0 0
I don't know what phone you have but I get 4mbps all the time, the least I've gotten is 2.5mbps, the most is 4.5mbps. I hover right around 3.5-3.9mbps all the time.
18. networkdood posted on 09 Mar 2011, 14:31 0 0
ok, so all you do is root your phone, and then download a different modem (software) from XDA.com...I have the captivate with a i9000 modem and I get 1.5 mbps upload and about 4-5 mbps download....problem solved - stop yer crying....
19. WirelessCon posted on 09 Mar 2011, 15:35 0 0
Is there an easy way to root the Atrix? Since we're at it, is there a way to get Chrome for Webtop? Come on Hackers, do your best and impress us.
21. zuno gyakusatsu posted on 09 Mar 2011, 16:38 0 0
why not just get a device that can do what android can do without rooting? theres plenty out there.
20. prdmshrl posted on 09 Mar 2011, 16:15 0 0
Why this user is not using a 4G or better said HSPA+ compatible SIM Card? He is using a micro SIM which is only compatible with 3G speeds.
25. networkdood posted on 09 Mar 2011, 19:59 0 0
AT&T's 4G phones do not use a 4G sim card as none has been created for AT&T yet - the microSIM card is a 3G card used on with the iphone 4. AT&T 4G is not LTE, yet, and is just a higher version of 3G - like 3.9GPP, or something of that nature...still my phone gives me great speeds (see above).
30. ChaCha (unregistered) posted on 10 Mar 2011, 13:22 0 0
4G for at&t hasn't been released yet. Yes, they have been selling 4G devices but just to prepare for when the HSPA speeds are to be released. Clam down everyone.
32. networkdood posted on 10 Mar 2011, 13:35 0 0
What TRE posted is the truth, or you can root your android phone and enjoy some pretty sweet speeds now....well, if you klive where I live...
33. networkdood posted on 10 Mar 2011, 13:38 0 0
AT&T has said that a software update is due to speed up uploads...again, you can root your phone and not wait for AT&T....
35. remixfa posted on 10 Mar 2011, 17:20 0 0
rooting and roming is always the best way to go. screw the carrier/mfctr. long live xda! :
37. joey18 posted on 10 Mar 2011, 22:51 0 0
4g tmo or sprint metro pcs or att why they lia my droid x my data at home runs 2g not 3g verizon is no telling the thrue is the best network but i needs to work on data is kind slow