iPhone says 4G but doesn't seem to do anything

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by alakazzam, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. alakazzam macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2010
    Over the last week or so my iPhone 4S has been completely dropping out of AT&T's data network. I've only had about 500mb transfer thus far on my billing cycle and I'm still grandfathered in from the unlimited plan.

    The strange thing is that it still displays full bars and the 4G symbol next to them. The spinning data will still spins when it's doing all it's work, but when using the "Speedtest.net" app I see less than 0.5 download and basically a flat line for upload.

    Is it time to make a genius bar appointment? Anyone know of any issues?
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    It's not 4G, just At&t convincing Apple to make customers believe it is. Enjoy HSPA+ :D
  3. TonyC28 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2009
    I had the same issue with mine after the update. Try resetting your network settings.
  4. vietalogy macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2006
    If your only at 500mb you shouldn't be trotted until you hit 3gb. You should call AT&T CS and trouble shoot it.
  5. Stayfly2407 macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2011
    HSPA+ is 4G, not LTE but it is 4G
  6. SurferMan macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2010
    South FL
    If your getting .5 down and flat uploads on hspa+ either something is wrong with the radios in the phones or you live in one of the worst most congested areas lol. I'd take it back and compare with another one. I live in South FL and hspa+ can be as high as 7-9 down and right around 3-5 down normally especially at busy times (like lunch etc). Never dropped below 1, before hspa+ my 4 never hit 1 down ever.

    Try to reset the phone first or restore as new (obviously backup) and see what happens. If that doesn't work, take it back to the store.
  7. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    For consumers, yes. But according to the tech specs, it is not. Heck, even LTE is not 4G technically. Only LTE advanced is.
  8. kre62 macrumors 68020

    Jul 12, 2010
    What is this, 2010?

    The ITU, which created the requirements you are quoting, changed them in Dec 2010. HSPA+ is now 4G, deal with it already.
  9. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    Would love to say to AT&T: "If its '4G' then why am I getting 2-3 Mbps down?"

    It should have stayed as 3G. HSPA+ is NOT real 4G. Really shocked Apple allowed this. The average consumer has to be SO confused with all this fake 4G crap.
  10. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    Was not aware they changed it.
  11. alakazzam thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2010
    For clarification I know that the "4G" is not LTE - the problem is i'm not even getting "4G" speeds i'm getting 0.5 down and flat 0.0 up using speedtest.net however connected to wi-fi or after a restart the app shows marked improvement with 5-6 down for "4G" and 19 down over wifi

    I guess it's an issue with the phone if this is the case. I'll see if apple has anything to say.
  12. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    They did. No thanks to the US carriers for 'nudging' their correction.
  13. og3og macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2010
    Yonkers, NY USA
    It seems like the people who are just saying "it's not really 4G" are missing the point here. I too have noticed that since the 5.1 update where it now says "4G" (regardless of whether it is or not) that my data speeds have slowed down to where it's almost impossible to use any data, in places where they used to be pretty good. It really seems like I'm almost being throttled, but when I checked my usage it was only at 976 MB, and I didn't get any texts from AT&T stating I was going to be throttled. I'm going to try to reset my network settings and see if that helps at all.
  14. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Why not just call them?
  15. kre62 macrumors 68020

    Jul 12, 2010
    Sorry if I came off as an ass in my comment.

    To those with data issues, even with LTE you could potentially get slow speeds depending on signal, traffic, etc. Restart the phone. I've noticed no slowdowns since 5.1.

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