Off the chart LTE speeds..what are you getting?

jsmith1

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Was in Jupiter, FL last weekend on the intracoastal checking my emails and they were coming through so fast that I ran speed test on the iPhone 5. Was getting speeds I've never gotten anywhere before, over air or WiFi. They were unreal.

At&t
67.96 Mbps Download
15.99 Mbps Upload

Anyone else seeing speeds like this or greater?
 

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AutoUnion39

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According to Apple it's 100 Mbps. Unless you're referring to AT&T's restrictions. :eek:
Not really AT&T restrictions. It's just how much spectrum is deployed. They have 2x10 up right now, which provides a max throughput of about 73mbps, same with VZW.

Rogers just deployed a network in Canada with speeds up to 100mbps.
 
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viperGTS

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Not really AT&T restrictions. It's just how much spectrum is deployed. They have 2x10 up right now, which provides a max throughput of about 73mbps, same with VZW.

Rodgers just deployed a network in Canada with speeds up to 100mbps.
Oh, I see. Do you think AT&T will increase spectrum for 100 Mbps?
 

Mrbobb

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Take a grain of salt man. Unless u have the need to download the entire library of congress in 3 seconds, what really does this mean in real life?
 

Shockwave78

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Take a grain of salt man. Unless u have the need to download the entire library of congress in 3 seconds, what really does this mean in real life?
Really useful if your sharing your connection or torrenting. I was at a buddies house last night and he was torrenting off his Note 2. Pretty cool
 

AutoUnion39

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Oh, I see. Do you think AT&T will increase spectrum for 100 Mbps?
Maybe, but not anytime soon. They haven't run into overcrowding, like VZW has. VZW will be deploying AWS (2x20) by year end in most major areas to combat this overcrowding. That network should have a theoretical max of ~150mbps down. However, the downside to this is that AWS has poor building penetration and only 2 phones will support this network at launch (GS4 and Lumia 925). I bet the next iPhone will have this support.

AT&T also owns AWS in most major areas, but they don't need to deploy just yet.

I think the natural progression for both carriers will be: build out LTE on 700 fully, deploy AWS where needed, start getting VoLTE up, and then by year end, start upgrading networks to the next level, which is LTE-A.

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Take a grain of salt man. Unless u have the need to download the entire library of congress in 3 seconds, what really does this mean in real life?
It's not just about data speeds. Once you have more bandwidth, the network gets less crowded in high-traffic situations, like in Time Square, sporting events, etc. Running a wider chunk of spectrum allows for more users too. Overall better experience for everyone.
 

Jades

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AT&T will be screwed on most places in the east coast - their AWS is just on the west side of the country

I hope this isn't a repetition of 2010. I am actually VERY happy with AT&T in NYC - their in-building and indoor coverage is way better than Verizon's LTE, for some really odd reason

Sources of spectrum holdings:
http://reboot.fcc.gov/spectrumdashboard/searchMap.seam

http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=99&p=1495 - this is from 2006 but I don't think anything has changed much on the east coast. The FCC's website doesn't indicate that AT&T owns any AWS in NYC
 

lordofthereef

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Damn. Haven't gotten close to those numbers ever. Still feel pretty fast with the 20-something down I usually get. Guessing the network had nearly no congestion with numbers like that haha!
 

osofast240sx

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Was in Jupiter, FL last weekend on the intracoastal checking my emails and they were coming through so fast that I ran speed test on the iPhone 5. Was getting speeds I've never gotten anywhere before, over air or WiFi. They were unreal.

At&t
67.96 Mbps Download
15.99 Mbps Upload

Anyone else seeing speeds like this or greater?
Great speeds, how much data are u using a month?
 

Menel

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According to Apple it's 100 Mbps. Unless you're referring to AT&T's restrictions. :eek:
100mbps may be the link speed. But after protocol overhead, somewhere around 70mbps is gonna be the max speed you'll achieve at the Application Layer of the OSI model. Which is all a speedtest app is going to measure.

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Oh, I see. Do you think AT&T will increase spectrum for 100 Mbps?
Already has. If you are 'speed-testing' at 60mbps+, then the link speed is likely 100mbps.

Just like with 100Base wired ethernet using 8b/10b encoding. The most you can achieve 'speed testing' 80%, or 80mbps. Wireless needs even more sophisticated overhead algorithms for insuring packets arrive reliably.
 
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Aylan

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As much as I hate AT&T sometimes, LTE has yet to disappoint. It is pretty much always between 20-26 but I have pulled 40+ many times, especially just outside of the downtown/back bay (densest) area. I was surprised by a 60+ pull some time ago.
 

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Aylan

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Yeah, I suppose there is always a margin for error. I will say, though, that for the most part, LTE is on par with some cable providers. At least it is here in Boston. I can only hope that T-Mobile's LTE network is 1/2 as fast and as reliable. I would drop AT&T in a heartbeat and sign up for truly unlimited LTE goodness.
 

osofast240sx

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Yeah, I suppose there is always a margin for error. I will say, though, that for the most part, LTE is on par with some cable providers. At least it is here in Boston. I can only hope that T-Mobile's LTE network is 1/2 as fast and as reliable. I would drop AT&T in a heartbeat and sign up for truly unlimited LTE goodness.
i used over 50Gb this month mostly on 4G. Can't wait till LTE is fully lit up. High speed without unlimited data is useless.
 

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hafr

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i used over 50Gb this month mostly on 4G. Can't wait till LTE is fully lit up. High speed without unlimited data is useless.
Dude... I barely use 50 GB per month on my broadband connection at home. How do you hit those numbers on a phone? :)
 

AutoUnion39

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Dude... I barely use 50 GB per month on my broadband connection at home. How do you hit those numbers on a phone? :)
It's called abuse and he's exactly the reason why AT&T/VZW have phased out the plans. Pretty ridiculous usage. What is he doing? Torrenting porn constantly?
 

osofast240sx

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It's called abuse and he's exactly the reason why AT&T/VZW have phased out the plans. Pretty ridiculous usage. What is he doing? Torrenting porn constantly?
Your brain washed! Unlimited means unlimited! The carriers plan to broadcast TV, it's going to get a lot higher.# FYI all my conference calls I use FaceTime, and watching live TV through the abc watch app.
 

hafr

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Show me in the fine print where it SPECIFICALLY says unlimited.
Not to be annoying or anything, but if the carrier say it's unlimited, wouldn't it be up to you to show where in the fine print it says it's not really unlimited?
 

AutoUnion39

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Not to be annoying or anything, but if the carrier say it's unlimited, wouldn't it be up to you to show where in the fine print it says it's not really unlimited?
not a problem.

http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/individual-plans.aspx

Limited time offer; subject to change. Taxes and fees additional. Participating locations. Domestic only. Not all features available on all devices. Unlimited talk and text features for direct U.S. communications between two people. General Terms: Credit approval, deposit and $10 SIM starter kit may be required. If you switch plans you may be bound by existing or extended contract term (including early termination provisions) and/or an up to $200 fee. Regulatory Programs Fee of up to $1.61 per line/month applies. Taxes approximately 6–28 percent of your monthly bill. Partial megabytes rounded up. Full speeds available up to monthly allotment; then, slowed to up to 2G speeds for rest of billing cycle. On-network and domestic roaming data allotments differ: 500 MB full-speed plan includes 10 MB roaming; 2.5 GB, 4.5 GB and Unlimited 4G full-speed plans include 50 MB roaming; 6.5 GB and 8.5 GB full-speed plans include 100 MB roaming; and 10.5 GB and 12.5 GB full-speed plans include 200 MB roaming. Unlimited text includes unlimited nationwide text, and picture and video messaging. Family Plan: Limit five lines. All lines must be activated in same T-Mobile market with same billing address and area code. Coverage not available everywhere. Network Management: Data traffic of postpaid plans with limited high-speed data allotments greater than 2 GB will be prioritized over other currently offered plans during periods of congestion. Service may be slowed, suspended, terminated or restricted for misuse, abnormal use, interference with our network or ability to provide quality service to other users, or significant roaming.
50gbs in a month is textbook misuse.