Just tested 3G speed in Chicago...

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  1. highdefjunkie macrumors 6502

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    and I was NOT impressed. I had a full signal/outside and It took forever to load the Netflix front page. When I finally tried to stream a movie it wouldn't stream. Going to test it in the burbs in about an hour.

    I also loaded a few web pages and it was SLOW!!!!
     
  2. gtsipad macrumors member

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    I've done three tests within 30 minutes in West Palm Beach over AT&T with iPad = 3.5Mbs, 1.9Mbs, and the last was 1.02Mbs. Need more time and range of areas. Still better than my Sprint cell connection over my pre range which from 400 to 800 on average, with occasional bursts up to 1.2Mbs.

    Should have added that I have full bars and am indoors. Just tested again at 1.1Mbs. Certainly was hoping for faster, but I don't plan to use the 3G for video or anything heavy.
     
  3. Oskee2001 macrumors regular

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    3G downtown is always slow... though i'm just a few blocks over in Old Town and its much better.
     
  4. barefeats macrumors 65816

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    I suspected the iPad +3G would not perform well in certain areas.

    Our town has strong Sprint 4G coverage. I got the 4G Overdrive portable hotspot and the "WiFi only" iPad. I've used SpeedTest.net to verify speeds from 2500Kbps to 5000Kbps in all locations. My MacBook Pro can also use it with speeds up to 6500Kbps.
     
  5. Oskee2001 macrumors regular

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    So how do you like working for Sprint? Social Media outreach going well?
     
  6. gtsipad macrumors member

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    ^---- priceless
     
  7. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Welcome to AT&T!
     
  8. tigres macrumors 68040

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    Good one there
     
  9. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    What!?
    Cause he said Sprint works well for him he's automatically a sprint employee?? Or an "AT&T hater"???
    Jesus. All he said was the overdrive is performing well for him.
     
  10. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

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    I have a Sprint Overdrive that I'll be returning which I was using with my WiFi iPad. I had full bars in Boston and suburbs and wasn't even getting 1.0mbp down on 3G. 4G isn't available yet, but I expected 3G speeds to be faster. I'm getting a 3G iPad this weekend and will be anxious to compare the ATT speeds to Sprint.
     
  11. highdefjunkie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    F@!!& Sprint. Can't stand them and would NEVER use their service.

    On that note,

    I got a chance to try to 3G coverage in various suburbs in the Chicagoland area. I tried it in the northern burbs (Willmette, Winnekta and Evanston, etc.) Worked perfectly. Streamed a movie and surfed the web and it was fantastic. I also tested it in the W. burbs and same results. I was surprised how well it worked. I now love my Ipad even more!
     
  12. antiprotest macrumors 65816

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    Send a complaint to AT&T. Let them know.
     
  13. Dorkington macrumors 6502a

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    Using MyWi on my iPhone, I have streamed Netflix successfully multiple times on my iPad using AT&T's "unimpressive" connection.
     
  14. Pared macrumors 65816

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    Same.

    How long does the OD last on a charge?
     
  15. tmoenter macrumors newbie

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    Watch the indicator upper left...sometimes connects as EDGE

    My iPad connected as EDGE today even tho I am smack in the middle of strong 3G zone. The screen indicator will say "E" Instead of "3G". EDGE is really poky.
     
  16. rdstoll macrumors 6502

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    AT&T's 3G coverage in Chicago is terrible, and what's worse is I just got an email saying they completed a major investment program here to improve their service. I don't see a difference at all.

    Edge network on the iPad renders it all but useless unless you're just reading a book.
     
  17. javaGuru macrumors 6502a

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    I'm having the same issues. I can't even get a strong 3G or edge connection on my iPhone. It would appear as if AT&T's data network is very strained right now. I can't help but think this is due to thousands of more users via iPads. So far I am very disappointed in their network.
     
  18. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    +1
     
  19. BlackStar00 macrumors newbie

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    I'm in Chicago, too. I live in the southeast side of the city and I have the iPad 3G 32GB. Haven't had any issues at all with slow 3G speeds.
     
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  21. Alchematron macrumors 65816

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    Chicago has 4G

    Check for detailed coverage

    Sprint = Reseller of Clear.com network

    Clear = $40.00/month no contract

    HTC EVO 4G Phone Mobile Hospot in June

    Hope you find your sweetspot
     

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