What is everyone's 3G speeds on AT&T?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Cottonsworth, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. Cottonsworth macrumors regular

    May 11, 2008

    I'm right in the center of Manhattan and I get on average about 1000 kbps down and 90 kbps down using the speedtest.net free app. I'm curious to see what other people are experiencing in other parts of the country or even in the New York City area. Seems kinda slow to me. :confused:
  2. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    I don't have a speed test for you but i was in Manhattan on Wednesday and moving a 4MB file was SLOW. I was right at 1411 Broadway and 3G was slow. To be clear, it was better than it has been but still slow. Page rendering wasn't bad but opening Excel docs in email, emailing the docs, or opening from email into Numbers or QuickOffice took quite some time. 4MB to 8MB files.

    It was a pain. I think AT&T has WiFi right around there and I should've used that.
  3. Cottonsworth thread starter macrumors regular

    May 11, 2008
    Don't they advertise as the nation's fastest 3G network? Or is that the tower in some remote location in the middle of nowhere with one person using it? :(
  4. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    To be fair, the iPhone has created an especially high congestion area especially in NYC. Hence the reason they put up a WiFi hotspot in Times Square. I believe that's where it is.

    AT&T is still playing catch up with each new Apple release. AT&T couldn't handle the unexpected spike back from the 3G and then a year later you had the 3GS with the iPad in the mix and iPhone 4 now out. I'm not defending them by any means but I doubt any network could handle that explosion in the US market.

    I do live in the Philly area and my general 3GS and iPad speeds are acceptable. I know when I travel to NYC that it's not great. It is MUCH better than a year ago but still has a ways to go.
  5. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    Actually, AT&T 3G network has been in the toilet since around the 4th of July. Check the iPhone forum for a 10+ page thread on the topic.

    Particularly, it's the upload speed that is suffering horribly. The first week I had my iPhone 4 after launch, I would get 4 megabits down and 1.5 up on the new HSUPA hardware, now I'm getting 2 down and .1 up if I'm lucky. AT&T has said that Lucent or one of their network tower software providers had a glitch that they are supposedly working on, but it's been nearly two weeks at this point. Time will tell...
  6. calvin2006 macrumors regular

    May 15, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    In Louisville, KY, here are some results for speed tests I've run:

    Download speeds (Mbps) - 1.23, 1.27, 1.56, 0.43
    Upload speeds (Mbps) - 0.13, 0.27, 0.22, 0.22

    On average, around 1.2 Mbps down/.2 Mbps up.

    Hope that helps!
  7. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I usually get about 1.5mbps down and 1mbps up.
  8. EthanNixon macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2007
    New Jersey

    Oh wait, that is my 4G speed with Sprint, sorry.

    I didn't feel like getting the WiFi version and having AT&T cripple my viewing experience, I like things to be in full resolution.
  9. CameraGeek macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2010
    Chicago suburbs:

    Download speed: 494.16 Kbps (0.48 Mbps / 61.77 KB/s)
    Total test time: 49.733 Seconds
    Connection type: 3G

    I do this test routinely and ATT here has definitely slowed - this is the slowest speed I have recorded.
  10. Cottonsworth thread starter macrumors regular

    May 11, 2008
    So I guess the slow speeds have to do with their network trouble. I wonder what 3G speeds are suppose to be?
  11. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A306 Safari/6531.22.7)

    My avg in Torrance CA is 2.5 down and 1.2 up. I am sure it depends on location so you should check with att or some specification source for theoretical limits. I also have about 3-4 bars on new OS. Down about 1 bar from prior release.
  12. Hammie macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    I'm in Tysons Galleria in McLean, VA and I just got 1565k down and 96k down.

    Outside, I usually get between 2500 and 3100k down and I cannot remember what I usually get one upload speed.
  13. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    My results can be all over the map based on time of day, usage, etc. but I have noticed they have gotten much better in the past 2 months. At times I can get DL speeds greater than 4Mbps and even 5 to 5.5Mbps. I get similar results on my iPhone 4. There are times it's maybe 1.5 to 2.0Mbps but overall not bad.
  14. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Broadway from 23rd St. to 34th St. has always been a 3G dead zone in my experience. Ironic too, because AT$T has a store right on 24th at B'way/5th.
  15. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
  16. Vic-Viper macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2010
  17. EthanNixon macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    I think you are the only AT&T customer to get those speeds, congratulations.
  18. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    I wouldn't know. I still have Edge. In January AT&T promised in a press release that 3G would be available this year for us. They're running out of year and I can only identify one place on the coverage map where there was a change in Pennsylvania this year.
  19. fandsw macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Helena, AL
    You guys got it good. In downtown Birmingham, AL during business hours you are lucky if you get 400 kbps download, 80 kbps upload. I've seen the downloads drop below 100 routinely, and have a full 5 bars 3G on my iPad......
  20. luisgab macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2008
    Puerto Rico!
  21. Phantom Gremlin macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2010
    Tualatin, Oregon
    highly variable

    I've seen both 3G and Edge performance to be highly variable here in Podunkville (Portland Oregon metro area).

    And even if a speed test claims good 3G performance, sometimes the iPad is slow to pull from various sites; a laptop in the same situation is usually faster. YMMV.
  22. zub3qin macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    Worst ever in Philly

    424 Down
    62 Up.

    104 Down
    36 Up.

    Who can we complain to? This is NOT appropriate 3G speeds.
  23. iPhone1 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    3G in Downtown San Diego:

    2.7 Mbps Down
    50 Kbps Up

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