So I got an iPhone 5S AT&T full price, put my T-mobile sim card in then ...

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  1. macno0b macrumors newbie

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    Got a 32gb silver 5s last night full price from an Apple store. I plugged it in itunes, it says congrats, your iphone is unlocked. I put my Tmo sim card in, it works perfectly. However, the LTE speedtest is slow

    I get 5-7mb download and max 1mb upload. I got up to 15mb download on my old Galaxy S3 which I ditched to go back to iOS because Android is horrible.

    Is the slow speed because I'm using an ATT version? Is the 5S Att version the same as the Tmo version? Will I get better performance on a Tmo version?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Beezy253 macrumors 6502

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    Could it be your location?
     
  3. macno0b thread starter macrumors newbie

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    my house is right next to Tmo tower. I used to get 15mb download from a Galaxy S3. I get 8-10mb download from my IP5. I'm in Chicago where has strong Tmo signal.
     
  4. d123 macrumors 68000

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    It shouldn't be, Apple list the same A1533 model for AT&T and T-Mobile US.

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/
     
  5. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    the ATT and Tmobile phones are IDENTICAL in every regard. Well except for the different sim cards inside.

    It's probably just your network area.
     
  6. d123 macrumors 68000

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    You may want to tell the OP, and not me ;)

    I just said exactly the same as you in my post you quoted.
     
  7. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    haha yeah i know. force of habit quoting the last message ;)
    sorry :p
     
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Try resetting network settings in the Settings menu. It's possible that the carrier settings aren't updating properly.
     
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  10. macno0b thread starter macrumors newbie

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    [​IMG]

    I only get 5-6mb download compared to over 10mbs before.

    This is in downtown Chicago where tmo signal is strong.

    I will post one at home later

    Any tmo users experiencing low speed lte using the Att ip5s?
     
  11. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Part of it may be T-Mo's own network. I have a T-Mo locked 5s that I'm trying out in addition to the unlocked Verizon model that I'm using with AT&T. Downtown I've been getting similar speeds as you. In some cases, T-Mo's HSPA+ network is faster than their LTE network. I'm not sure how many LTE channels T-Mo has in Chicago. I'm guessing not many.
     
  12. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    It's the network. I get around 15mbps down on LTE but when I go inside my apartment it drops to "4G" HSPA+ and the speeds are around 22-25mbps down.
     
  13. macno0b thread starter macrumors newbie

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    [​IMG]

    I get horrid speed at home. I normally get 15-18mbps on the crappy Galaxy S3.

    Is my phone defective?

    I havent updated tmo carrier update because i dont want to lose hotspot tethering. May be the update helps with the lte speed. Can someone confirm?
     
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  15. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    go to the apple store and say you want device only.


    Try calling tmobile and making sure the IMEI of your new phone is associated with that sim card. Sometimes unfamiliar IMEIs on the network are given low priority access. There was some guy using ATT 5S who was complaining his LTE kept dropping out and it was because ATT had the wrong IMEI for his phone.
     
  16. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I've tried T-Mo on LTE and HSPA in Chicago. Oddly, HSPA is faster for me.
     
  17. JoeG4 macrumors 68030

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    Perhaps it's because you're using the wrong APN, there's epc.t-mobile.com and fast.t-mobile.com - usually the "fast" APN is the default for LTE towers.

    If you're using one, try the other.
     
  18. knux11 macrumors regular

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    ¿Que?
     
  19. M5RahuL macrumors 68020

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    And Verizon too... The only odd one is on Sprint!
     
  20. NuggetSauce macrumors regular

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    So you paid almost $800 for a phone?
     
  21. Coleman2010, Oct 2, 2013
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    Apply the carrier update. It affects speed.
     
  22. Diseal3 macrumors 65816

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    What's it to you?
     
  23. BruiserB macrumors 65816

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    I did as well. I pay $30 for my monthly service. Do the math and see who's got the better deal.
     
  24. macno0b thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It works out to be a lot cheaper than being on contract. I develop apps too, need the phone to play with core motion api (m7). I will make the investment back in a month from my apps sale.
     
  25. Raibyn macrumors regular

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    Exactly. Should it realistically cost $800 for an iPhone? Probably not. However, the carriers absolutely rip you off with their postpaid plans and contracts. The $299 subsidized phone is no great deal when you are locked into paying around $100 a month for 2 years. You will save money buying phones outright and getting cheaper prepaid plans.
     

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