Anyone's AT&T LTE data speeds really slow?

dictoresno

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I was only getting like 3mbps down on H+ and couldn't even get the phone to connect to LTE. I had AT&T reactivate the phone on their side, and then reset all network settings. Now I finally get LTE but the speeds seem really shaky, only 10 to 12 mbps down and .80 to .90 up. This just seems really low. Are they having network issues? I'm in north new jersey.
 

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I was only getting like 3mbps down on H+ and couldn't even get the phone to connect to LTE. I had AT&T reactivate the phone on their side, and then reset all network settings. Now I finally get LTE but the speeds seem really shaky, only 10 to 12 mbps down and .80 to .90 up. This just seems really low. Are they having network issues? I'm in north new jersey.

I think it depends on the tower, when I am at home my download speed on LTE is 20, at work it is only 10-12
 

dictoresno

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My LTE is faster than my home internet, and my home internet is Fios 35/35.
i have FiOS 25/25 and my speeds at home are alot faster with the new phone. i can get 29 down and 35 up. but LTE i cant seem to get over 10. i only have 2 bars of LTE and full bars of 4G so maybe thats the reason.
 

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I was only getting like 3mbps down on H+ and couldn't even get the phone to connect to LTE. I had AT&T reactivate the phone on their side, and then reset all network settings. Now I finally get LTE but the speeds seem really shaky, only 10 to 12 mbps down and .80 to .90 up. This just seems really low. Are they having network issues? I'm in north new jersey.
I've noticed that AT&T LTE has slowed dramatically since iPhone 5 was launched. I used to get somewhere around 16-30 Megabits download with 12+ Megabits upload… I'm now only getting 7-8 Megabits download, 0.6-0.8 Megabits upload. AT&T Unlimited LTE for iPad seems useless. I'm in San Francisco.
 

bushman4

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Speed on the LTE vary according to which ATT tower you are near etc. ATT is adding towers so service should be improving. Strength of signal really varies even in the big cities.
 

weaponofgod

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In Greensboro, NC

I'm actually getting faster download speeds on an average using HPSA+ on the AT&T network.
 

pnoyblazed

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NYC here, I work near the stock exchange in the financial district for 9 hours a day and the LTE is pretty fast... but the moment it drops to 4G it feels like it's on Edge.
 

dictoresno

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well i guess since im in a fringe area, i cant keep it connected to LTE at all. and when i am, i get 10 down, .6 up. its pathetic.
 

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I was only getting like 3mbps down on H+ and couldn't even get the phone to connect to LTE. I had AT&T reactivate the phone on their side, and then reset all network settings. Now I finally get LTE but the speeds seem really shaky, only 10 to 12 mbps down and .80 to .90 up. This just seems really low. Are they having network issues? I'm in north new jersey.
I only get 4-5 MBPS on LTE.

Going to store tomorrow.
 

Myiphone7

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i think im gonna do the same thing. i have a feeling the SIM car is funky.
Let me know how it goes. I'll do the same. I got a new sim coming in the mail in "2-5 business days"

I figure if I go to the AT&T store and do a speed test of their iPhone 5 with mine.
 

dictoresno

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will do. the apple and att store near me are both in a mall outside of LTE coverage. must be a tough sell if customers cant test out LTE while in the store. LTE surrounds the area where the mall is, but not the mall itself.
 

dictoresno

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Where in Jersey are you? I'm in Bergen county and get 15-25Mbps down on average. There are times where it drops to 7-10 though.
07081, Springfield. and if you look at the map, im on the edge of coverage area for LTE. i get 2 bars of LTE if im lucky, but then switches to 4G and i never see LTE again.
 

spring

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07081, Springfield. and if you look at the map, im on the edge of coverage area for LTE. i get 2 bars of LTE if im lucky, but then switches to 4G and i never see LTE again.
I think that may be the reason. The coverage maps aren't entirely accurate and with two bars of LTE 10-12 isn't bad. I'm in New Brunswick a lot and they aren't even in the coverage map for LTE, but I do get it with only with 2-3 bars though with speeds of 10-18.
 

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will it kick over to 4G if you are on spotty LTE for too long? what kinda speeds? i was seeing 10/.6 Mbps on LTE, when i was on it.
Nah I get LTE pretty consistent. Seen it kick over to 4G only 2-3 times max but a quick reboot fixed it.

Right now I got 2 bars and 4.7 Mbps. Sucks.
 

dictoresno

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Nah I get LTE pretty consistent. Seen it kick over to 4G only 2-3 times max but a quick reboot fixed it.

Right now I got 2 bars and 4.7 Mbps. Sucks.
well i guess data speeds get alot slower, with the less bars. my gripe is i bet the coverage it shows for my area is just "boosted" towers to my east.

basically, just before the iphone 5 release, LTE was a few miles east of me (the outer fringe of the NYC market). now, just before the launch, it showed LTE active in my area. i have a feeling that this "expansion" was just made by boosting the existing towers far from me, not adding actual towers in my area. this would explain the slow speeds and spotty coverage.
 

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well i guess data speeds get alot slower, with the less bars. my gripe is i bet the coverage it shows for my area is just "boosted" towers to my east.

basically, just before the iphone 5 release, LTE was a few miles east of me (the outer fringe of the NYC market). now, just before the launch, it showed LTE active in my area. i have a feeling that this "expansion" was just made by boosting the existing towers far from me, not adding actual towers in my area. this would explain the slow speeds and spotty coverage.
That sounds exactly right. Dang I'd try another carrier
 

Ran7

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wife has iphone 5 on our sprint and I have a work provided one on aTT. My results are probably not relevant to many because sprint wont have the breadth of deployment for 6 to 12 months, but we consistently get better LTE speeds on the sprint devices (both iphone 5 and s3) than my iphone 5 on ATT