4S downloads speeds are not faster than Iphone4 speeds
I'm upset this phone is HSPA+ and advertised as a 4G phone. I'm in a city with good 3G coverage. Always 4-5 cars. My Iphone4 was able to get 2.75 Mbps to 3.5 Mbps and earlier this morning tested the Iphone4 at my location with Speedtest app. I got a 3.01 Mbps. I just now tested the Iphone4S on the same app sitting in the same position and received a 3.55 Mbps download speed. Grrrrr
I'm not happy about having a 4S with download speeds almost the same as my Iphone4 but a nats *** faster. I have a strong 3G coverage area in this city so I'm not happy about it. Other than that the phone is amazing. Browser speed is definately faster than the Iphone4.
- 10-14-2011, 09:47 AM #2
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- 10-14-2011, 09:51 AM #4
Apple iPhone & iPad - iPhone 4S, 4, & iPads - from AT&T
And this being in the product listing looks like advertising as 4G to me....
"4G* HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul"
And inside the at&t store with a giant Iphone4S sign that says 4G on it, is advertising as 4G.
All over the place at&t has the Iphone4S advertised as a 4G phone.
- 10-14-2011, 09:54 AM #6
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- 10-14-2011, 10:00 AM #9
Thanks for the input guys and at least you guys understand where I'm coming from. If 4G wasn't all over this phone from at&t I wouldn't be aggravated at all. I'm in love with the 4S and by far Apple hit it on a nail with this thing. I wish I had extra money to invest in stock before launch day. When word gets out about Siri,Camera, etc. Alot of people who have never owned a Iphone are going to be coming to the Apple world
- 10-14-2011, 10:09 AM #11iPhone Intermediate
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It's not about honesty, it's about aggressive marketing that walks a fine line between some element of truth and fiction.
ATT knows that HSPA+ coverage is limited at best, but they are hoping once you realize that you will still be happy with your purchase. As you mentioned in your original post "other than that the phone is amazing".
I am not blaming you, or saying that you should not be upset. Unfortunately what you have seen from AT&T is a common marketing practice.
- 10-14-2011, 10:13 AM #12
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- 10-14-2011, 10:33 AM #17
This HSPA+ 4G debate has been going on for like a year now. Tmobile and AT&T are both doing it.
However, I wouldn't be so fast to dismiss it as being slower. The Speedtest.net app is wildly erratic and really doesn't give a good indication of how fast the network is going to be. It typically isn't repeatable from test to test.
With that said, I wish there was some way to know if you are on HSPA+ or not.
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- 10-14-2011, 12:15 PM #21iPhone Newbie
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The iPhone 4s is still a 3G phone. hspa+ just ups the 3g max speed to 14.4 mbps. The iPhone 4 is capped at 7.2. So if you get anything under 7.2 you will see no difference between the two phones. The only people who will see a difference will be the ones who regularly hit the hspa cap at around 7.2 Mbps on their iPhone 4 or 3GS.
- 10-14-2011, 12:18 PM #22
You need to be in an area with enhanced backhaul or what AT&T calls 4G.
Don't be that upset. In areas like ours we're not likely to get LTE any time soon either.
True story though, my bro in law is happy as a clam with his 4G Epic from Sprint. He really emphasizes that 4G to everyone. But Sprint doesn't even offer wimax in our area and probably won't with their LTE plans. Even though i've told him, I don't think he believed me. He saw all the 4G signs too.
- 10-14-2011, 12:31 PM #23
So seeing that my service with VZ in manhattan is faster and without a doubt more relieable, i am happy with the 3G VZ service. That said, there's people in the Midwest who get 5mbps or more so i would probably choose att then.
- 10-14-2011, 12:37 PM #24
- 10-14-2011, 12:45 PM #25
I don't know about you but i DEFINITELY notice a difference...i just tested it because of this thread (though i had already noticed it before) and its noticeably faster than my iPhone 4 was...tethering is faster too, MUCH faster.
Im in a good market since Atlanta is one of AT&T's focus markets (and one of the headquarters), so that would probably explain it.