AT&T enhancing their Signal Strength??

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by RonHC, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. RonHC macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2010
    The first week i had my iPhone 4, i had about 1 bar
    Right now i am having 3 bars which is what i usually get and sometimes 5 bars which never happened with my iPhone 3G. :D

    I heard that AT&T is enhancing their signal strength because of the overflow of the new iPhone 4 which could make sense but what about you?
  2. iphoneZ macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2008
    yes el stevebo did a stealth ninja remote update and fixed your phone. non issue :D
  3. nooaah macrumors 68000


    Sep 3, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
  4. RonHC thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2010
    Yea that's I heard, I belied they said their towers were overflowed so they had to adjust it
  5. TheAppleGeek macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2010
    St. Louis
    For the first time yesterday, I had my bars drop it when I held it "the wrong way". But, I haven't experienced it today.
  6. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    IDK if AT&T is doing anything, but has anyone run speedtest and got 1.5 Mbps upload speeds? I used to get maybe 300-400 kbps. On wifi, I’ve never got above 700.
  7. Sunday Shadows macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    Yeah from when I turn my phone on Tim about 11am I'm in the 600-1400kbs then 11 to 10pm I'm about 100kbps or less. Then after that my 3G works great
  8. Goaliegeek macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2009
    Right now I'm getting 0.82mbps down, and 1.47 up. During the day I rock a whopping 0.47mbps down, and about a 0.74mbps up. Upload speeds have seemed to be faster compared to my 3G. Sending a MMS takes about half the time it did on my 3G. On wifi I just blow those numbers away.
  9. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2007
    Beach, FL
    This makes no sense. I always get 0 bars at my house (no really I have to do the whole waving arm in air thing to send a text) and now I have 3 bars? How can they just "do something? and send out more signal... I'm confused.
  10. Defiant81 macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2009
    My reception has gotten so much better: my phone isn't losing reception anymore... I also messed sound with bluetooth on my phone for a couple days.....
  11. RonHC thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2010
    This is what i got

    4 Bars - Living Room


    1 Bar - My Room

  12. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Yes, they could:

    • Add another cell site near you.
    • Adjust or fix the antennas on a current tower.
    • Adjust the output power on a current tower.
    • Add a frequency that penetrates your walls better.

    However, be prepared to see fewer bars again when Apple puts out their "signal bar fix" in a few weeks.
  13. aforty macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    You mean before the iPhone 4? iPhone 4 supports HSUPA and will do about 4x faster uploads than the 3GS.
  14. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    They GREATLY improved the speed near my work this week.

    It had always been around 1.2 - 1.7 Mb/s. Yesterday I ran a few tests and was getting over 3.5 every time!
  15. Nicklaus macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    Winter Park
    I just got 2615 dn and 949 up, and am in a low service area. That seems really fast to me.
  16. pearlbrian macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2009
    After picking mine up at noon, I have full 3G signal at work just like i had on my 3G earlier in the day. However the 4 won't load anything unless I switch to edge. What a piece of crap, may return today.
  17. slate1 macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2006
    I'm getting 3G download of 2.368 and upload of 1.269, way better than I ever got on my iP3G.
  18. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    yeah, 3G reception is still absolutely atrocious in my room. 4-5 bars, no data. tried loading Speed Test and it didn't even get past 'finding server'.
  19. nospeed411 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2010
    east coast
  20. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    The higher upload speeds are due to AT&T adding HSUPA. The U in HSUPA means upload.

    The higher download speeds are due to AT&T going from 7.2MBPS HSDPA (any guess as to what the D means?) to 14.4MBPS HSDPA.

    As far as seeing more bars, it could be:

    * AT&T has increased power output (not necessarily smart, I'll get to that)

    * You're more careful in how you hold it

    The reason why you wouldn't necessarily just increase TX power is that it can change your handoff points to the neighboring cells, and in some cases increase the footprint size of the cell, actually INCREASING the amount of data and voice that it needs to carry, which could wind up being a disaster.

    This sort of stuff needs to be planned and replanned and then done and then checked thrice after it was done.

    They may have switched on a different band (850), that's likely I think, IIRC that was one of their actions on making their network better.

    FYI, adding cell sites is usually a multi-year affair, it's not done quickly.
  21. Ogrillion macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    My slow 3G speeds all of a sudden are really quick. So they did something or it's just a fluke I hope never goes away.
  22. spades1412 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    AT&Ts network here seems to be running faster as well.


  23. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Well, that explains that then. I don’t really care about upload speed so much. After I posted above I got 5.1 Mbps down late last night on my iPhone 4 (I had never got above 1.2 Mbps on my 3G). Now, I’m back to crawling at 200 kbps. My fastest wifi is in the 2 Mbps range, so if this gets fixed to where it is consistent, it’ll be nice (too bad I can’t tether it…yet).
  24. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    I saw an AT&T engineer standing at the base of a cell tower turning a large knob clockwise.

    But who knows, could have been anything.
  25. Cubs08 macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2010
    Maybe it was like John Locke turning the big dial and making the island move.:D

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