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Old Mar 16, 2012, 11:23 PM   #1
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Horrific AT&T LTE speeds in Los Angeles

Used my new iPad around LA today on AT&T's network. The LTE speeds were horrible, ranging from 0.5 Mbps down/up to a maximum of about 3.5 Mbps down/up, with the average being somewhere in the middle.

I was in Beverly Hills, Koreatown, and downtown when I recorded these speeds.

What speeds have you been getting on AT&T's LTE network in LA? How about on Verizon?
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 11:26 PM   #2
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Used my new iPad around LA today on AT&T's network. The LTE speeds were horrible, ranging from 0.5 Mbps down/up to a maximum of about 3.5 Mbps down/up, with the average being somewhere in the middle.

I was in Beverly Hills, Koreatown, and downtown when I recorded these speeds.

What speeds have you been getting on AT&T's LTE network in LA? How about on Verizon?
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that because of 10s of thousands of LTE devices coming online today that the servers were a little busy. I would think within a week it will die down when everyone is not trying to use it at once.
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 11:36 PM   #3
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AT&T is known for issues with their network. No surprise that their LTE network has having issues. They don't have any valid excuses either due to having only 30 available markets compared to 200 cities that Verizon services. Do yourself a favor and get he Verizon version. If you ever move to an area without Verizon LTE just plug in an AT&T sim card
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 11:59 PM   #4
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AT&T is known for issues with their network. No surprise that their LTE network has having issues. They don't have any valid excuses either due to having only 30 available markets compared to 200 cities that Verizon services. Do yourself a favor and get he Verizon version. If you ever move to an area without Verizon LTE just plug in an AT&T sim card
I've never had issues with AT&T and their network. Been with them since they were originally AT&T, then Cingular then back to AT&T.. I still going with my gut that its the 10s of thousands of new LTE devices coming online for the first time. OP give it a week, if you still have problems either call AT&T and see whats up or get a Verizon iPad, but I have always stood by AT&T and their service.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 12:25 AM   #5
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Used my new iPad around LA today on AT&T's network. The LTE speeds were horrible, ranging from 0.5 Mbps down/up to a maximum of about 3.5 Mbps down/up, with the average being somewhere in the middle.

I was in Beverly Hills, Koreatown, and downtown when I recorded these speeds.

What speeds have you been getting on AT&T's LTE network in LA? How about on Verizon?
Are you getting full bars? I'm by south central la and I get 1 bar and I'm only getting about 2mb down...
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 12:35 AM   #6
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I have my LTE phone with AT&T, so I figure I would diversify and try Verizon LTE . I get an avg of 2 bars with AT&T, verizon has given me 4 to 5 bars the whole day.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 12:35 AM   #7
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Both my wife and I received our AT&T iPads at 9:58AM. We set them up & took them to work.

I expected a good experience since LTE was activated here three months ago. What I got exceeded my best expectations.

Next to my iPad 2, the new one is a rocket. Web pages load so fast it made me laugh. Simply fantastic. Yet that said we've enjoyed great AT&T coverage for years. When I travel for business or pleasure I'm never disappointed.

My brother has Verizon. He also gets good service, just a bit slower, and limited due to the CDMA system.

These new iPads are great.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 12:41 AM   #8
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Lol get owned. Sucks to hear...

59 down 9 mb up tethered from my Galaxy Note LTE.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 12:41 AM   #9
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Used my new iPad around LA today on AT&T's network. The LTE speeds were horrible, ranging from 0.5 Mbps down/up to a maximum of about 3.5 Mbps down/up, with the average being somewhere in the middle.

I was in Beverly Hills, Koreatown, and downtown when I recorded these speeds.

What speeds have you been getting on AT&T's LTE network in LA? How about on Verizon?
This is why I went Verizon. Hate AT&T. I got 15 down and 5 up in Sherman oaks today.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 12:59 AM   #10
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Are you getting full bars? I'm by south central la and I get 1 bar and I'm only getting about 2mb down...
I averaged 2 bars and which got me about 1.5 down. Even with full bars, I was maxing 3.5 down. This was in Koreatown.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 01:02 AM   #11
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I'm in West Hollywood and only have 1 bar!!! Seriously exchanging for Verizon tomorrow!
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 01:26 AM   #12
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thats why I got the Verizon model.... had no problems in the Sacramento Area!
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 01:29 AM   #13
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I feel bad for At&t owners as when your network gets congested AT&T could care less.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 01:38 AM   #14
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AT&T is great for LTE in San Diego! 25-40 mbps down and around 12-15 up! I couldn't be happier. Come on down south!
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 01:39 AM   #15
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26mb down / 22mb up.

Mid wilshire area in Los Angeles with verizon iPad.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 01:42 AM   #16
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yeah, when I first got the IPad which I returned all 5 back due to 4 really yellow tints, the LTE was at first not bad.

First test woot! 6 down 1.2 up
Second test after an hour. .... 3 down 1.2 up
So on =/ 1.4 down .47 up and after that its been stuck at that area.

The signal is so poor now =/ and the ping time has never been below 160.

I'm in Los Angeles, test was done in Glendale Apple Store =/
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 01:43 AM   #17
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I have ATT for my iPhone and specifically went Verizon for my first iPad... Glad I did. Speeds are great in Westwood and north Hollywood area
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 01:44 AM   #18
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They aren't the only ones. AT&T is atrocious around my house (but I really don't care since I have FiOS). I did test some speeds in the area (central San Fernando Valley).

Typically, I get 3-4 bars until I try to use the cell service, then it drops to one bar. Before anyone questions why I didn't go Verizon: I have unlimited on the iPad, and Verizon sucks here too, 3 bars on average. The iPhone 4s (Verizon model) does not fare much better.

Here are some results:


EDIT:
Just checked the coverage map... all of northern Los Angeles is not covered by LTE... unbelievable... that explains the numbers...
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 01:51 AM   #19
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It's garbage here in Glendale, CA...one effing bar.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 01:53 AM   #20
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Anyone run a test in the West LA/Santa Monica area? I have both LTE iPads and need to decide which to open and which to return to Apple. By the looks of it, Verizon seems to be winning here.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 02:03 AM   #21
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Anyone run a test in the West LA/Santa Monica area? I have both LTE iPads and need to decide which to open and which to return to Apple. By the looks of it, Verizon seems to be winning here.
Test them both. Apple doesn't charge a restocking fee.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 02:17 AM   #22
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Test them both. Apple doesn't charge a restocking fee.
Would I have to pay for a full month of data for each plan or do they refund you if u cancel with at&t or verizon?
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 02:37 AM   #23
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I can't even get my iPad to say LTE in Los Angeles (tried at work in Santa Monica and at home in Palms - I live between Motor & Overland). I'm not subscribed, but I read that it should still say LTE on it with the Wi-Fi off.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 02:45 AM   #24
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I can't even get my iPad to say LTE in Los Angeles (tried at work in Santa Monica and at home in Palms - I live between Motor & Overland). I'm not subscribed, but I read that it should still say LTE on it with the Wi-Fi off.
Hmm, what kind of speeds are you getting?
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 10:34 AM   #25
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Any updates on LTE speeds in Los Angeles?
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