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

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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ATRIX 4G
  • Display 4.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1930 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)
Inspire 4G
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1230 mAh(6.00h talk time)

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13 Comments

1. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

2. yorkeandvedder

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

4. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

5. yorkeandvedder

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

6. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 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.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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?

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

11. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

10. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

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

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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