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iphonefan74
Sep 21, 2012, 11:45 PM
The iPhone has totally screwed AT&Ts LTE! It would usually take a few seconds to download an app under 5MB. It literally took me 48 seconds to download a 3.4MB app earlier tonight. I uninstalled it, got on my wifi and it downloaded in a second. Not only that but my Speedtest results show it too. I would average between 5-7Mbps down and around 2-3 up. Been running different tests most the day and I am lucky to hit 3Mbps down and 1 up. Most are around 2 down and under 1 up. Screw you iPhone!



Calidude
Sep 22, 2012, 02:30 AM
That sucks. It hasn't even begun either. There's millions of iPhones still in transit.

Dontazemebro
Sep 22, 2012, 08:55 AM
That sucks. It hasn't even begun either. There's millions of iPhones still in transit.

This is the one thing I was worried about. There goes my 50Mbps + speed.

LIVEFRMNYC
Sep 22, 2012, 09:39 AM
I haven't been affected yet in NYC.

LSUtigers03
Sep 22, 2012, 10:08 AM
I haven't been affected yet in NYC.

Me either. I'm in Louisiana and I still average high 20's to low 30's down. Sometimes it's higher.

ChrisTX
Sep 22, 2012, 06:07 PM
I'm on a Galaxy SIII, haven't been affected yet either in Houston, TX.

iphonefan74
Sep 22, 2012, 09:20 PM
The first pic with the white SIII is from today in the Verizon store on LTE. The screenshot is from my SIII on AT&Ts LTE. Same server in LA even. This is even worse than 3G speeds, pathetic.

aneftp
Sep 23, 2012, 03:19 AM
Something doesn't seem right.

U were inside a cell store for 51 minutes? Must have been long wait?

Ping time on bottom is over 400ms. I've never seem that long of a ping except when my Verizon gnex LTE was searching and switching between LTE and 3G.

Strange to get that slow of a LTE speed on att LTE. Usually the guarantee speed is 5-12mpbs even with congestion.

FX120
Sep 23, 2012, 11:30 AM
Seems fine here in Portland ...

20-30mbps down consistently in a variety of areas. Downloaded a 500mb update for my Xperia ion last night and it was lightning fast.

blackhand1001
Sep 23, 2012, 11:37 AM
iOS is a data pig. It uses so much more data than android and I don't know why. The apps are always much larger than android apps as well. They must also try to maintain connections all the time as well.

vistadude
Sep 23, 2012, 01:25 PM
Galaxy S3 has 3 antennas and plastic body.

Iphone 5 has only 2 antennas and metal body.

From high school physics I learned a metal enclosure can block signals.

siurpeeman
Sep 23, 2012, 01:45 PM
you ever think about blaming at&t for not being able to handle the huge influx of lte devices (new iphones) this weekend? if anything, your two pictures show that verizon was ready for it (as a bunch of users also got new iphones), and at&t was not.

tbayrgs
Sep 23, 2012, 01:48 PM
I thought the same thing--my LTE speeds were quite a bit slower in Tampa on Friday than I would typically see on my iPad but just ran this test--seems to have bounced back.

tbayrgs
Sep 23, 2012, 01:52 PM
Galaxy S3 has 3 antennas and plastic body.

Iphone 5 has only 2 antennas and metal body.

From high school physics I learned a metal enclosure can block signals.

??

He ran both tests on a GS3, just different networks.

I think his point was that the huge influx of new LTE iPhones onto AT&T's network has killed the bandwidth.

Good at high school physics. Reading comprehension, not so much. :rolleyes:

vistadude
Sep 23, 2012, 02:13 PM
Actually the poster's english is not good. He says his S3 is on at&t LTE and his screenshot has good speeds. Yet he said he was in a verizon store. Seems like his S3 and iphone are both on at&t, he just happens to be in a verizon store doing the screenshot. He should clarify.

iBookG4user
Sep 23, 2012, 02:17 PM
Actually the poster's english is not good. He says his S3 is on at&t LTE and his screenshot has good speeds. Yet he said he was in a verizon store. Seems like his S3 and iphone are both on at&t, he just happens to be in a verizon store doing the screenshot. He should clarify.

Please read the below quote again and own up to your mistake instead of blaming it on iphonefan74.

The first pic with the white SIII is from today in the Verizon store on LTE. The screenshot is from my SIII on AT&Ts LTE. Same server in LA even. This is even worse than 3G speeds, pathetic.

siurpeeman
Sep 23, 2012, 02:21 PM
Actually the poster's english is not good. He says his S3 is on at&t LTE and his screenshot has good speeds. Yet he said he was in a verizon store. Seems like his S3 and iphone are both on at&t, he just happens to be in a verizon store doing the screenshot. He should clarify.

more clearly, the op's phone is a galaxy s3 on at&t's network. he compared his network speed with another galaxy s3, a display model inside a verizon store. no iphones were used to demonstrate network speed in either of the pics.

tbayrgs
Sep 23, 2012, 02:32 PM
Actually the poster's english is not good. He says his S3 is on at&t LTE and his screenshot has good speeds. Yet he said he was in a verizon store. Seems like his S3 and iphone are both on at&t, he just happens to be in a verizon store doing the screenshot. He should clarify.

Point proven.

vistadude
Sep 23, 2012, 09:26 PM
Gotcha, I see.

Well, also it's 4 bars vs 3 bars, could be more of a coverage issue than anything.

Will also note that in my small town we have only 3G from at&t and lately we get 4-5 mbps average speed. On iphone 5 launch day our 3G speeds went down below 0.2 mbps and a ping greater than 250 ms. But by nighttime speeds returned. It could be a network/server issue, but it certainly was temporary.

Southernboyj
Sep 23, 2012, 10:07 PM
I'm on Verizon. You jelly? :rolleyes:

http://i.imgur.com/nEPWol.png

LSUtigers03
Sep 23, 2012, 10:16 PM
I'm on Verizon. You jelly? :rolleyes:

Image (http://i.imgur.com/nEPWol.png)

Nah I'll stick with AT&T.

Southernboyj
Sep 23, 2012, 10:21 PM
Nah I'll stick with AT&T.

AT&T only has HSPA+ where I live. :p

LSUtigers03
Sep 23, 2012, 10:56 PM
AT&T only has HSPA+ where I live. :p

Then Verizon is a good choice because after having LTE I couldn't go back to HSPA+.

iphonefan74
Sep 23, 2012, 11:07 PM
Ok, I'm an idiot. Had no idea that AT&T pushed an update for the SIII a couple days ago that updated the PRL and new firmware for the LTE radio. Installed it last night and my speeds are back to normal. Carry on

Southernboyj
Sep 24, 2012, 01:07 AM
Then Verizon is a good choice because after having LTE I couldn't go back to HSPA+.

I feel the same, my previous phone was an iPhone 4S on AT&T's network.

Honestly going from my iPhone 4 to 4S (HSPA to HSPA+) I didn't notice any speed difference. Going from a 4S over to Verizon's LTE network on my GS3 is like night and day.

PPFee
Sep 24, 2012, 01:30 AM
I'm on Verizon. You jelly? :rolleyes:

Image (http://i.imgur.com/nEPWol.png)

Damn yall are getting in the 50's in New Orleans??? Im in New Orleans and my first test got was the highest of 3 i did. So far 26 down 8 up seems to be the consistent spot. I might switch to verizon for 50 down, but im on umlimited with att, well.....5gb then throttled. what to choose what to choose. http://i.imgur.com/Mgrb9l.png

Southernboyj
Sep 24, 2012, 01:58 AM
Damn yall are getting in the 50's in New Orleans??? Im in New Orleans and my first test got was the highest of 3 i did. So far 26 down 8 up seems to be the consistent spot. I might switch to verizon for 50 down, but im on umlimited with att, well.....5gb then throttled. what to choose what to choose. Image (http://i.imgur.com/Mgrb9l.png)

Yeah, I'm actually in Mobile, Alabama.. connecting to New Orleans server though.

PPFee
Sep 24, 2012, 03:42 PM
and just like that my jelly turned to pride, with full signal:
http://i.imgur.com/bhYZdl.png

markie
Sep 25, 2012, 04:46 AM
Then Verizon is a good choice because after having LTE I couldn't go back to HSPA+.

What's the difference? I went into a Verizon store a couple times to compare, most recently just today - my Galaxy Nexus (on AT&T HSPA+) vs theirs (on Verizon LTE). Theirs was faster - about 20%. Both Verizon and AT&T are in that 3-7 mbps range for downstream speed. Difference is, Verizon you drop to sub 500kbps EVDO once you get out of town. AT&T has HSPA+ over a much larger area.

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Ok, I'm an idiot. Had no idea that AT&T pushed an update for the SIII a couple days ago that updated the PRL and new firmware for the LTE radio. Installed it last night and my speeds are back to normal. Carry on

More of an idiot if you think your phone has a PRL :) PRL is a file used on CDMA phones. There IS a PRL on Verizon LTE SIM cards (it's stored on the SIM, not the phone) for CDMA (NOT LTE) use.

LSUtigers03
Sep 25, 2012, 09:13 AM
What's the difference? I went into a Verizon store a couple times to compare, most recently just today - my Galaxy Nexus (on AT&T HSPA+) vs theirs (on Verizon LTE). Theirs was faster - about 20%. Both Verizon and AT&T are in that 3-7 mbps range for downstream speed. Difference is, Verizon you drop to sub 500kbps EVDO once you get out of town. AT&T has HSPA+ over a much larger area.

Saturday I tested my Galaxy S3 and my sisters iPhone 4. Both are on AT&T. My S3 was mid 50's mbps her phone was around 6 mbps. LTE is a night and day difference when compared to hspa+. If you're in a good LTE city it's much more beneficial to have. Sure if you fall off LTE then AT&T is much better than Verizon in terms of speed but if I have no AT&T LTE I would rather have Verizon's LTE and then every now and then drop back to a slower speed if I get out of the LTE area.[COLOR="#808080"]

[QUOTE=PPFee;15845191]Damn yall are getting in the 50's in New Orleans??? Im in New Orleans and my first test got was the highest of 3 i did. So far 26 down 8 up seems to be the consistent spot. I might switch to verizon for 50 down, but im on umlimited with att, well.....5gb then throttled. what to choose what to choose. Image (http://i.imgur.com/Mgrb9l.png)

I'm an hour down I10 in Baton Rouge.

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markie
Sep 25, 2012, 11:44 AM
Saturday I tested my Galaxy S3 and my sisters iPhone 4. Both are on AT&T. My S3 was mid 50's mbps her phone was around 6 mbps. LTE is a night and day difference when compared to hspa+. If you're in a good LTE city it's much more beneficial to have. Sure if you fall off LTE then AT&T is much better than Verizon in terms of speed but if I have no AT&T LTE I would rather have Verizon's LTE and then every now and then drop back to a slower speed if I get out of the LTE area.

Depends on your area, as I noted, around here (western Montana), Verizon LTE beats AT&T HSPA+ in speed - but not by very much. And the coverage is MUCH more limited.

The iGentleman
Sep 25, 2012, 03:58 PM
I'm on Verizon. You jelly? :rolleyes:

Image (http://i.imgur.com/nEPWol.png)

That ping is TERRIBLE.

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Depends on your area, as I noted, around here (western Montana), Verizon LTE beats AT&T HSPA+ in speed - but not by very much. And the coverage is MUCH more limited.

Verizon's ping is noticeably slower than AT&T's.