Weird 3G Issue

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jw nyc, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. jw nyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2008
    So I am currently located in Lower Manhattan (although the following issue happens all over NYC)...Basically I have 5 bars of 3G service but when I do a speedtest I get HUGE latency numbers and the max speed is never over 400 kbps and sometimes as low as 45kbps (47 kbps when I just tested)!! When I go to Long Island I get 1-2 bars of 3G service but latency is VERY low and and my speed bumps to about 700-900 kbps. This makes no sense to me. Can anyone explain??
  2. nomar383 macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2008
    Rexburg, ID
    I get almost 1500kbps at home with NO 3G bars lol. Makes no sense to me
  3. jw nyc thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2008
    The other issue is that 3G will just go off randomly and even if I restart the phone it won't reconnect in areas where I sometimes have perfect 3G coverage. Is it possible that at&t is doing work and the 3G network goes down once in a while? Why else would it drop the connection altogether for extended period of times?
  4. Cynicalone macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2008
    Okie land
    Tall buildings don't go well with 3G signal's, or so they say. We don't have tall building where I live. :)
  5. jw nyc thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2008
    That's weird. I remember someone once telling me that 3G (UMTS/HSPA) signal penetrate buildings much better than GSM signals. Is this not true?
  6. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    In my house, I get 1-3 bars on 3G while I am on the top floor. Sometimes it can go as high as 1100kbps but it averages about 280-610 or so. Not bad. Beats edge speeds.

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