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Um... Why is my friend's Samsung Infuse getting better data speeds than my 4S?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Johnny Steps, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Johnny Steps

    We both have the same company which is AT&T. The Infuse and the iPhone 4S both use HSPA+ correct? Why is he getting over 5 MB down and I am only getting 1.2 MB down?
  2. macrumors 68030


    Are you able to use your phone as you would like?
  3. macrumors 6502

    The Infuse is capable of HSPA+21 while the iPhone 4S is only HSPA+ 14.4 capable.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Johnny Steps

    What do you mean?


    Oh.... Hm.. I see.
  5. macrumors regular

    Make sure you have the proper data for iPhone 4S data plan it is HSPA + enabled
  6. jaysen, Oct 9, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 9, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    He's being facetious; meaning if you're able to go on the internet or send mms/imessages just as you'd like than why matter what his speeds are?

    in other words; troll.
  7. Guest


    That is not the question... Can you answer the question or not?
  8. macrumors regular

    Iphone is not the best smartphone on the market!!! Just because apple makes it doesnt make it the fastest or the best product. , Wake the F up , no wonder people call them sheep.
  9. macrumors 603



    iPhone 4S is capable of 8-10mbps on speedtest app. Even the 3GS/4 can do 4-5mbps.
  10. macrumors 6502

    It's relevant. Being HSPA+ 14.4 means the theoretical max of the 4S is only 14.4mbps (though you will never see that speed in a real world test). That means it is possible to get the 8-10mbps down that you claim.

    The Infuse is HSPA+ 21 capable so that means its theoretical max is 21mbps (also will not be seen in a real world test). This means that if you're in an area where AT&T's signal/data is strong enough for 8-10mbps on a 4S, then you will probably be getting at least 13-16mbps on a HSPA+ 21 capable device.

    This is also the reason why the iPhone 5 has faster HSPA+ speeds than the 4S. The iPhone 5 is capable of HSPA+ 42 (though AT&T's network maxes out at 21) so people with iPhone 5's still receive faster data speeds than someone on a 4S when they are in an HSPA+ area without LTE.
  11. macrumors 6502

    I'm guessing he still doesn't understand.
  12. macrumors 603


    OP is complaining of only getting 1mbps in an area where another handset gets 5mbps. These numbers are well within 4S's capabilities.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Well, OP probably won't understand the actual explanation (look up W-CDMA spreading codes). Saying that the Infuse (or whatever it was) has a better/faster version of HSPA+ is enough of an explanation

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