AT&T LTE speeds on their way down in NYC

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  1. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

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    When the iPhone 3G first came out, speeds were pretty great on AT&T in NYC. Soon after, the network became congested and virtually unusable around my office in Soho. So when the i5 was released with LTE, I was excited to have a reliable connection again during the day! When I first got the device, I ran speedtests that resulted in approximately 20Mbps download speeds and around 15Mbps upload speeds. I was very happy.

    Unfortunately, over the last week, speeds have began to decrease significantly again. While my LTE connection is still very reliable, the speeds are nowhere near what they were just 3 weeks ago. Below is a screenshot I just took of my Speedtest in the Soho area. If these speeds now remain consistent, I'd be 100% fine but I'm worried it's going to again lead to being unusable due to congestion. Is this a legitimate concern?
     

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  2. lazard macrumors 65816

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    with more and more iphone 5s getting activated everyday and the plethora of people with grandfathered unlimited data plans downloading GBs every day, it's no surprise that the LTE speeds in NYC are slow.
     
  3. armyxrays macrumors member

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    Were you throttled (do you have an unlimited plan?)
     
  4. El3ctronics thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm on an unlimited plan but haven't reached 5GB's since I got the i5 so haven't been throttled yet.
     
  5. armyxrays macrumors member

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    Then that sucks! We don't even have LTE here in Fresno but HSPA+ gets me 9-12Mbps.
     
  6. mpossoff, Oct 10, 2012
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    mpossoff macrumors 68020

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    Run the speed test again. Often times I can run a speed test and get 2 completely different results within minutes apart.
     
  7. diegoesk macrumors regular

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    I guarantee you it will eventually happen with verizon as well... Just like it did when they first got the 4.
     
  8. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

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    LTE is suppose to handle loads better than 3G but yes, once that connection to the ground is overloaded there is only so much you can do sometimes.
     
  9. El3ctronics thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Here you go...big difference in upload speeds but downloads are pretty consistent.
     

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  10. mpossoff macrumors 68020

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    Don't forget VZW speeds were once over the top now they've come down.

    We just got back from NYC, we were in SoHo, and I have to say that I was impressed with AT&T LTE in my iPhone 5. I keep hearing from posters in another saying 'If I lived in NYC I wouldn't have AT&T' or 'you're on AT&T in NYC' being sarcastic.

    Honestly I didn't see any major issues.

    To me speed tests are worthless. I go by 'does your device perform?'
     
  11. Jnardis macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in midtown and I'm getting download at 11Mbps and upload at 5Mbps
     
  12. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a

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    Financial District here.. data speeds are fine
     
  13. Qfic macrumors member

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    I'm in Union Square.

    5.62 download 7.02 upload
     
  14. x986 macrumors regular

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    What?! Are you implying ATT didn't plan for this? I'm shocked, really shocked! :rolleyes:
    After you get over my sarcastic remarks, remember that our friend Sammy has been selling true 4G phones for over a year. I test drove a Sammy LTE phone (in SF) before getting my 4S, and the speeds were amazing, but I haven't gotten my 5 yet, so I don't know your problem is more widespread.
     
  15. El3ctronics thread starter macrumors 65816

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    First, I wasn't comparing to Verizon b/c I don't view Verizon as a better network.

    Second, I totally agree with you. That's why in my OP I said "If these speeds now remain consistent, I'd be 100% fine but I'm worried it's going to again lead to being unusable due to congestion." And that's 100% true. If I'm consistently able to get 5Mbps down with under 100ms ping, that would be totally fine with me. I just hope this isn't the start of something worse.
     
  16. Qfic macrumors member

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    and now a couple minutes later I got 7.41 download 9.84 upload, fwiw.
     

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