[iPad] Chicago AT&T LTE slow?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by supernet33, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. supernet33 macrumors regular

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    I can never get full signal with my AT&T iPad 3 LTE.
    When I do a speed test I get around 6mb download /4mb upload.

    Anyone else in Chicago land have this issue?
     
  2. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    What part of the city are you from? I know when I had AT&T getting reception anywhere near downtown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, or those areas around there was very difficult. It is part of the reason I am a Verizon customer now.
     
  3. el.jeffe58 macrumors member

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    It likely does not apply to you, but out south in Frankfort, I use AT&T for my iPhone and have always usually gotten 3 bars or under signal strength; on my new iPad, I decided to give Verizon a shot from things I've heard. 5 bars at most times with the iPad. Glad my instincts were right. Good luck in Chicago to you...


     
  4. StrikeIII macrumors newbie

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    The funny thing is that I've tested both the Galaxy Skyrocket and Tab on AT&T LTE and consistantly get over 11Mbps but my iPad only around 5Mbps. I wonder if AT&T is throttling down iPad users since they know it will sell a lot of units. If so, then they are making a big mistake and forcing people to go Verizon. I'm going to exchange our 3 test units from my work over to Verizon. AT&T needs to get their ***** straight.
     
  5. wmrdunn macrumors newbie

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    Slow LTE

    I'm having the same problem as SUPERNET in Naperville, but I haven't seen an area in Chicago where I'm clipping at true LTE speeds. In contrast, I saw an iPad on Verizon in Springfield hit 48 megabytes per second this week.
     
  6. MJedi macrumors 6502a

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  7. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I've heard that LTE is slower in Chicago than most of AT&T's other LTE-enabled cities because they have only half the available spectrum as they do elsewhere. That means that they can't handle as many users before it starts slowing down.
     

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