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AT&T to turn on HSUPA for Motorola ATRIX 4G and HTC Inspire 4G next month

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AT&T to turn on HSUPA for Motorola ATRIX 4G and HTC Inspire 4G next month
We have already reported that the Motorola ATRIX 4G and the HTC Inspire both landed at AT&T with their HSUPA radio disabled. The carrier has told CNET that sometime in April, they will turn on the HSUPA radio on both phones with a software update.

HSUPA will allow for upload speeds as high as 5.76Mbps and when it was disclosed that both models had been rolled out without the faster upload speed, customers complained to the Better Business Bureau and other consumer-oriented organizations. And to show that they have indeed learned a lesson, AT&T says that the Samsung Infuse will ship with HSUPA enabled right out of the box.

source: CNET

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posted on 27 Mar 2011, 19:36

1. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


HSUPA (Upload)??? where HSDPU(Download)!!!!

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 19:53

2. yorkeandvedder (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)


I'm rather ticked off about this... I bought the Atrix (and I do like the phone, so I don't have any qualms with Motorola) under the impression that I was getting the pseudo-4G experience (3G+backhaul/HSPA+, not LTE)... Is HSUPA upload speed only? Because I've noticed that even download speeds are rather slow.

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 20:43

4. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 461; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


Go towww.att.com/network and scroll over your area. If it lights up with a orange dot then you have hspa+ signal but if it doesn't your still on 3g. Also ATT claims to be launching hspa+ (4g) on march 31st per their website but I wouldn't get my hopes up.

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 21:21

5. yorkeandvedder (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)


Thanks, Tre-Nitty. It's kind of tough to say, looking at that map. I live in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and by that map, it seems that I should have 4G coverage.

I think it's kind of funny that you can zoom in to see Baltimore's (MD) coverage in better detail, but not DC.

Anyhow, I guess there's nothing to be done but either wait, or cancel my contract with AT&T and switch over to Verizon.

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 19:54 2

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well cool. I knew they couldn't hold off forever. There would have been an uproar the likes of which have never been seen.

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 22:24

6. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


I like how they report here. Phonearena reports that ATT wanted to send out a 4G phone without HSUPA switched off because they wanted to. Not like it was a finalization of testing or approval had to be completed before switching those radios on. Good thing theres more than one mobile phone website out there.

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 23:37

7. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wow, the Inspire user I knows gets 4.5Mbps up and 1.4Mbps down - so, when the 'switch' is flipped, it will go faster?

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 01:04

8. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The download speed should be up to about 6 Mbps too, yes.

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 17:04

11. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


I would hope it's a lot faster. I get 3+ with spikes of 4.5 on my 3G only phone. Att's 4g better be a hell of a lot faster if they wanna get competitive.

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 17:31

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


HSPA+ is more like 3.5G like Edge was 2.5G. AT&T is rolling HSPA+ while building their LTE network out; that way, if an LTE enabled phone drops out of LTE coverage they won't be falling off the cliff to regular HSPA. They just step down to 3.5G, so the transition is smoother.

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 12:09

10. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 461; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


I got a 7 mbps download this morning and a 2 mbps upload. I think they are messing with the towers in my area because my phone now actually shows 3g when before it only showed H. So its switching between the 2 constantly.

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 15:54

13. Afya Asif (unregistered)


I agree with you i have owned both now and the functionality of the atrix blows the iphone out of the water. I phone is still the nicest looking device out there right now.

Apple wont do flash. steve jobs already said that. they are going to use html5...

the HTC is good at what it does and it was revolutionary 5 years ago but things change. it is no longer a 1 os market and people need to realize that.

I have read below article that explain very deeply about both products Fight????
Motorola Atrix 4G vs. HTC Inspire 4G

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 15:56

14. Afya Asif (unregistered)


I agree with you i have owned both now and the functionality of the atrix blows the iphone out of the water. I phone is still the nicest looking device out there right now.

Apple wont do flash. steve jobs already said that. they are going to use html5...

the HTC is good at what it does and it was revolutionary 5 years ago but things change. it is no longer a 1 os market and people need to realize that.

I have read below article that explain very deeply about both products Fight????
http://www.motorolaatrixforum.com/announcements-f8/motorola-atrix-4g-vs-htc-inspire-4g-t236.html

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