"Unannounced" handsets causing AT&T to prep its network?

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You always hear about those horror stories on how poorly AT&T’s network operates – it’s even made more known by the voice of iPhone users nationwide. And there’s no end in sight with customers consuming data like its nothing, but new rumors may point to a possible overhaul in AT&T’s network. BGR is reporting that the number two wireless carrier has been meeting individually with regional executives to inform them about some changes that are expected to happen with the network. From the sounds of it, there are some unannounced devices and future ones that use “heavy data” which will require them to prepare their network to accommodate these handsets. Finally, existing data and tethering plans will change when the network is able to “sufficiently handle the load.” Let’s just hope that the preparation is in place right now so that complaints about are kept to a minimum down the road.

source: BGR


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21 Comments

1. VZW

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 02, 2009

They said this last time with the iPhone 3GS.

2. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

@VZW Well regardless of what they are doing, My Carrier is almost 2x as fast in 3G speed of just 1.6mbps. our slowest 3G speed EVDO even REV A hasnt even seen 1mbps. So why dont you get off this arcticle VZW fanchild.

4. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

i see 2.4mbits on EVDO REv A. my iphone roomate only sees under 1000k on att 3g.

5. lolipopjones

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 21, 2009

sure.....

6. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

it's been shown a lot that even though Att theoredical speed is twice that of Verizon, there network cannot opperate at that speed due to heavy network strain. real world application Verizon is faster

7. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

your full of shit, i when i downloaded itunes to my pc it bursted at 1.2mbps, and your "1.6 is an estimate out of a lab douchebag. not like i care or that it even matters. just had to say something cause you sound like a fag

9. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

yes EVDO max speed is 3.2mbit/sec and it has been hit. i have personally hit 2.8 on my droid but i average 2.4

12. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

most i've ever gotten was 2400 kbps down and 1000 kbps up.

14. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

San Diego 7:21pm -7:32pm Speed test averages IPhone 3GS: 3G: 1190kb/1.2mb Download, 212kb Upload - Latency 292ms WIFI (Home): 8994kb/9.0mb Download, 2661kb/2.6mb Upload - Latency 33ms Droid Eris: 3G: 1923kb/1.9mb Download, 578kb Upload - Latency 156ms WIFI (Home): 8912kb/8.9mb Download, 2781kb/2.7mb Upload - Latency 43ms Ran the test 2 times each on 4 of those connections. Used Xtreme Speedtest for all.

16. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

no....it can't be..... accually real facts to back something up???? do iphone fanboys even know what facts are?

19. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

@Dadler22 Theoretical speeds don't mean much when you're in the middle of a metropolitan area and your phone refuses to hop on the 3G network because droves of iPhone users are busy updating their fart, beer, or some other assinine application. @lolipopjones Always so insightful.

21. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

@rjt Theoretical wasnt what i was talking about, i was talking a speed test preformed on an iPhone 3G not 3Gs and a HTC Driod Eris. If you want Theoretical, use my LG GW820s 7.2mbps downstream speed. which is around 10x faster than EV-DO. Sorry.

3. acquaz10

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 04, 2009

im never coming to this site again, your news is ALWAYS hours behind

15. darthray

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 04, 2009

is there any cellphone websites worth looking at you can recommend?

8. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

I really hope they get it together ATT

10. tonyc_42

Posts: 61; Member since: Aug 18, 2009

att has doomed themselves to always have to play catch up...

18. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Yeah wait till LTE comes out, they'll be playing catch up with that too. Verizon pushed for the largest 3G network and I'm sure they'll push for the largest 4G network as well.

11. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

I don't even give a fuck about speeds in a phone. It is a pain in the ass to surf the web on a phone.

13. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

vzw operated at 110dbI..att is 120DBI..google the question yer speeds r relative to your closeness to a main tower

17. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

I have been telling you all this for some time now. We (at&t) have been beefing up each of our cell sites and feeding them with a completely new fiber optic backbone. This is what I do. They don't tell the public everything. We knew the iToy would kill the network to begin with that's why it was only offered on edge originally. But the people wanted more more more, so we gave it to them and cut off our faces to spite our noses in the process. Some of these new android phones we plan on offering in the short future require an "always on" data connection. They will eat up a lot of bandwidth. It's not just the iToy that eats up the bandwidth. All the outside technicians use a laptop with a built in 3g air card that also has an always on data connection. So we know we need to make some changes and we are trying to go about it in the most cost effective manner.

20. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Cost effectiveness goes out the window when you're hurting your brand. For years as a VZW wireless customer I always looked at AT&T at the cool phone carrier with the alien technology (GSM) that gets all the cool phones. But now, I'm glad I'm on VZW. I've never dropped a call in almost 10 years of living in the US, and my data speeds are plenty good for surfing the web on a phone (which is a pain to begin with.) AT&T needs to sit down and look at their cash flows and for once thing about doing a much more bigger capital expenditure on the network not only to embrace HSPA and HSPA+ but also to get LTE off the ground and get it off the ground FAST. With Clearwire already at 4G and VZW aiming to switch to the GSM evolution path of LTE ... it's only going to further cripple the AT&T brand if they don't truly do a massive beef up. ps: they need to use the money they're spending on the assinine Luke Wilson commercials for network build-up. lol

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