Is AT&T Throttling iPhone Data Already? Some comparisons

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by spyderx, Oct 16, 2011.

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  1. spyderx macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Here is what I have:
    iPad 1 with unlimited 3G AT&T data with ios5
    iPhone 4s with unlimited 3G att data with ios5
    iPhone 4 with unlimited 3G att data with ios5

    Ive Run several speed tests via different sites this morning.
    Tests on wifi get 15+ mbs

    I'm in SoCal and a week or so ago my 3G data speeds via iPad and iPhone 4 were almost identical at 3+ mbs

    This is the interesting part run today (tested several times and via multiple sources):
    iPad - 3.6mbs down
    iPhone 4 - .700mbs down
    iPhone 4s - .700 mbs down

    I am on AT&T on all 3. All have full signal. My data use on these devices is NEVER more than 1.5mb per month. I woul not even be close to a high data user. In fact my iPad would be the much higher consumption device.

  2. zachimal macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2010
    South Carolina
    I wouldn't doubt if they were throttling them at certain times in certain areas with high concentrations of iPhones. That sucks. It's not happening over here near Charlotte, NC. I'm getting 3.5Mb down consistently. It is unfortunate if they can't handle the full weight of the iPhones, but not unexpected.
  3. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    I think they are. I was getting 5mbps before, and now can barely get 1
  4. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    AT&T's Really Fast

    Choosing a wireless carrier can have a serious impact on your iPhone 4S experience. AT&T is the way to go if you plan on streaming a lot of content or transferring a lot of data when out of reach of a WiFi network.

    While the AT&T iPhone 4S units could stream video with the Slingbox Player app, the Verizon iPhone 4S stuttered repeatedly, making it impossible to watch live television with it.

    The AT&T iPhone 4S is nearly seven times faster than the Verizon version, at least in my home in San Francisco.

    It’s important to note that we are well-covered by both Verizon and AT&T, hence the five signal bars in the top-left of each test result. I’d hate to see what Verizon’s 3G speeds are like when we’re further away from a cell site.

  5. jlyanks85 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2008
    AT&T is def throttling speeds here in the new York area. Sometimes I'll get 3G speeds as high as 9.50 DL/1.75 upload, and other times like right now I'll get 2 dl at best, with a upload that doesn't even get over 1.

    Very odd
  6. spyderx thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Tell me again how this post has any relevance to the original topic?? I know ATT is fast, it's been fine. And its still fine on my iPad. It's NOT on my iPhone. When they are sitting next to each other. ON a desk. With the same signal strength. When they worked identically a week ago.
  7. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    I have noticed some slowdowns with 3g since getting my 4s. I initially blamed it on a great number of new phone activations in Northern California (and AT&T's network not able to handle it).

    It wouldn't surprise me if they were doing this if network traffic was exceptionally heavy, the but the difference between the iPad and iPhones is dramatic and strange. If they wanted to throttle usage to make it more manageable for the network, why not cut the iPad as well?
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    My guess would be its just network congestion. If they did throttle after a certain amount of data I thought it would slow down to Edge speeds.
  9. Hitch08 macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2008
    Very slow here in the Philly area.

    Less than 1.0 down and
    Less than .10 up.

    I have been trying different ares during my travels this weekend. Not good.....
  10. ruylopez macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2010
    I saw this article, suggesting that starting October 1st on ATT, if you have an unlimited plan, you will be throttled whenever you are among the top 5% of data users for the month --

    Considering stuff like this, if you aren't going to go above 2GB a month, you will see higher data speeds on ATT in general if your plan is not unlimited. Low volume users are probably better off canceling their grandfathered unlimited plans.

    I know this will make many ATT users angry, but as someone who is new to ATT, I think it is a good idea. It is sort of unrealistic to expect your unlimited data plan to continue unhindered forever, that started years ago, especially as they roll out faster and faster networks, with LTE coming in the future. I don't think it is fair that the rest of us should have to deal with a bogged down network while original iphone users would at some point be able to download perhaps hundreds of GBs over LTE or whatever future technology brings for very low prices. It would be unfair, and frankly it is an unrealistic demand. Maybe we are not at that point yet, but we're getting there.
  11. thoryamaha919 macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA
    I have an iPhone 4 on AT&T and here in the Pittsburgh area I get 5.23 Mbps download and 1 Mbps up. I have unlimited data.
  12. spyderx thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Here is a video I just recorded to give an example. Both devices (iPad 3G and iPhone 4S) at on 3G. As you can see pings are close, uploads are similarly crappy, and downloads are totally different.
  13. bk888 macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2008
    I agree that it's probably congestion. I'm getting between 1.5 Mbps and 3.85 Mbps down right now which is a bit low for where I live.
  14. Vegasryn macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2010
    Las Vegas, NV
    agreeing on the congestion..its no different than your ISP on cable modem connections. Because everyone is sharing the bandwidth, certain times of the day you aren't going to be getting the advertised speed. So if you're on a tower that has a lot of data throughput transmitting, speeds will be lower. Speedtest are sort of a placebo effect anyways - everyone takes them at face value, and not what type of speed you are getting with real world use. Just my opinion
  15. spyderx thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Watch the video. 2 devices. Same location. Same time. If it were congestion would it not affect BOTH of them at the same time??? I think so.

    BTW, I validated the effect from several other sources for download including my own hosted http server. All were within 10-15% of each other. And all exhibited the same behavior.

    iPad way faster than iPhone 4GS
  16. PacificBeach macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2011
    Well I guess when it comes to unlimited data and throttling, i guess i like VZW's plan much better than att's throttle plan, as VZW's throttle plan will only affect VZW customers for seconds to maybe a few hours, Where att seems to be throttling for an entire month or longer...................

    From VZW's website:
    "So, if you’re in the top 5% of data users, your speed is reduced only when you are connected to a congested cell site. Once you are no longer connected to a congested site, your speed will return to normal. This could mean a matter of seconds or hours, depending on your location and time of day."
  17. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Why would they throttle you?
    The 4S has been out for 2 days, you already went over 2GB's of data?
  18. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    My iPhone 4S has used about 30MB of data since the 14th.

    D/L is 4500kbps
    U/L s 1500 Kbps

    That's about normal for my area.
  19. spyderx thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Didn't read the thread??

    BTW, I have a 4 and 4S, on different accounts. Both exhibit same behavior. Much slower download than my iPad.
  20. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I did.
    Did you use lots of data on each iPhones account on the same billing cycle?
  21. spyderx thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2011
    From first post:
    "My data use on these devices is NEVER more than 1.5mb per month. I woul not even be close to a high data user. In fact my iPad would be the much higher consumption device."

    Data use is less than 500mb on all 3 devices this billing period. Was less than 1gb on all 3 devices last billing period.
  22. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    I was curious if you've had any other luck with this.

    I remember reading last month that users were getting texts that were basically telling them to cool it or be throttled... with so many people loading up their apps and using Siri, I'd be curious to know how data consumption is going to be for everyone this month.

    AT&T has also repeatedly stated that only smartphone users will receive the warnings and be throttled and, from my experience, that is definitely the case. Personally, I find that odd since it's still network usage... but if they don't want to throttle me, I'm ok with that.
  23. DerekTS macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    I am in SF on AT&T and I consistantly get 5-10mbps download and 3-8mbps upload.

    I don't think AT&T is throttling anyone until they reach that 2GB mark. Im guessing it's just your area and that you are getting a bad data connection.
  24. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    I'm in menlo park, ca was getting 3MB day one and can get 2.6MB today, seems about same.
  25. i hate phones macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2010
    Philly Suburbs, PA
    it sucks around here! philly suburbs.. average 1mb down and anywhere from .5 to 1.5 up (yes normally my up is faster than my down :confused:) i'm way jealous of some of the speeds people are posting and bitter about those who complain about only getting 2-3mb haha. there is hardly any improvement over my iphone 4. and yes my area is saturated by hspa+ coverage according to at&t coverage map.

    sucks that we're paying the same price for a "totally different" product than some...
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