Does the iPhone 4S benefit from AT&T's LTE service?

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  1. Maverick1337 macrumors 65816

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    Apparently today AT&T "turned on" 4G LTE in my area, Bakersfield, CA and I go to test their service and low and behold still crap, ~0.8Mbps. So, will only the new iPhone 5 benefit from the upgrade, assuming it is LTE capable?
     
  2. troop231 macrumors 603

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    iPhone 4S only benefits from HSPA+ The iPhone 5 will be the only iPhone to take advantage of LTE.
     
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    Yes, but only indirectly. LTE usually has a faster connection to a tower. The tower then provides EDGE, 3GPP, HSPA+, and LTE using that one connection. Some towers have multiple connections as well. But when LTE's faster backhaul is put to the tower, non-LTE networks usually get faster speeds. LTE will also help reduce congestion on the HSPA+ bands resulting in a slightly better connection.
     
  5. Maverick1337 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What I don't get is it says my iPhone will now be able to download at speeds 3 times faster. Faster than what? I've always been at crap ~0.5Mbps and now with 4G LTE, I don't get any of that. Why am I not seeing speeds of ~14.4 Mbps HSPA+ now that we have 4G LTE? Im guessing those LTE towers don't provide HSPA+?
     
  6. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

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    I haven't seen speeds on ATT's network that slow in years. Even with one bar in some areas I am seeing better speeds. Seems that your coverage in your area is horrible. Or something wrong with your phone. :confused:
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    You could be throttled by AT&T, your tower could be experiencing technical difficulties, or your area is over crowded as of right not in relation to the cell towers.
     
  8. Maverick1337, Sep 6, 2012
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    Oh I could have five full bars and not have any data connection. It's really ridiculous. I don't know how AT&T gets away with it but I've never seen speeds above 2 in my life with my iPhone in Bakersfield and I think it's hilarious they upgrade our tower to provide faster service and there is never a difference.
     
  9. IcyStorm macrumors regular

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    Why would putting up LTE towers (directly) enhance your HSPA+ speeds?
     
  10. Maverick1337 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I guess I don't understand how towers work but I thought if a tower was upgraded to 4G LTE speeds it could provide HSPA+ along with everything else.
     

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