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Sprint tackles iPhone 4S issues with network enhancements

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Sprint tackles iPhone 4S issues with network enhancements
Shortly after the iPhone 4S was made available through Sprint, a number of the carrier's subscribers who bought it started noticing that something isn't quite right with their smartphone. Dramatically slow 3G speeds were reported by a number of Sprint iPhone 4S users, which lead to the spawning of a long thread on the carrier's online community web page. 

Well, after weeks of monitoring its network, Sprint has already started rolling out “network enhancements” in effort to put an end to the problem. And according to Fared Adib, vice president of product development for Sprint, initial customer response has been “very positive” after the improvements were made. 

Unfortunately, some Sprint customers are still experiencing below par 3G network speeds, reports CNET. An iPhone 4S owner in Chicago, for example, reports that her smartphone does not reach speeds past the 500kbps mark, and the figure drops down to 200kbps in the evening. In comparison, when used in the same area, a Verizon iPhone 4S reportedly loads web pages in a fraction of the time it takes for a Sprint iPhone 4S to do the same job.

Hopefully, the network improvements that Sprint has initiated will soon resolve the issue for all of the carrier's iPhone owners. In the meantime, if you happen to be a Sprint iPhone owner yourself, do not hesitate sharing your experience in the comments below.

source: CNET

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posted on 02 Dec 2011, 08:14 1

1. networkdood (Posts: 5618; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


3G on Verizon and Sprint is just 'ok.' Hopefully, next year, both carriers get an LTE version of the phone. Heck, WiFi at home is faster than Verizon 3G.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 09:24 2

2. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


" An iPhone 4S owner in Chicago, for example, reports that her smartphone does not reach speeds past the 500kbps mark, and the figure drops down to 200kbps in the evening. In comparison, when used in the same area, a Verizon iPhone 4S reportedly loads web pages in a fraction of the time it takes for a Sprint iPhone 4S to do the same job."

Why is she complaining? That sounds correct for Sprint.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 17:08

7. LordBonztie (Posts: 51; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


its because of network congestion.

think about it. happens in the same area.

keyword "drops down in the evening"

makes sense?

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 10:03 1

3. lsutigers (Posts: 671; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Sprint has been making huge network upgrades across the country. My 3G speed has gotten much better within the last month. I am now averaging 1.3mbps. Check out

network.sprint.com

for the latest network enhancements by region.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:26

4. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


No comment

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 15:47

5. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


It's not just iPhone, all of the 3G speed for all their smartphones are slow. I'm averaging 0.45mbps to 0.60mbps on my SGS II, that's a 0.20 increase, but wifi is still faster.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 16:09

6. Monster.Ninja (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)


that would sound about right,
My VZW 3g service is faster than my Wife's, Sprint 4g service...

But in the same areawe are in Sprint has better voice Quality than my VZW.
Which i find a little odd...

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 19:06

8. Rod_C (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


I live in Nashville TN not allot of people here i guess compare to the big city's but i am getting low 995kbps high 2.15mbps just wanted to share.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 08:21

9. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I've had the HTC EVO 4G since day one, in the south Florida area, I have NEVER gotten as much as 500kbps download speed with Sprint 3G. Sprint 3G is just garbage, add to that the fact it drains your battery so much faster than 4G and WiFi combined, I just turn it off unless I have no other option and need internet.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 09:30

10. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I have the SGS2 Epic Touch now and its the same crap. Latest speed test showed me 147ms ping, 146kbps down and 118kbps up. Signal strength shows 4 bars.

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