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- 03-08-2012, 10:04 AM #2Keith - iMore Moderator - The Mobile Nations/iMore Forum Rules
iPhone5 on VZW; iPad(2012) - wifi with BadElf for GPS
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Is anyone actually pulling HSPA+ speeds? I updated my brother's 4S for him last night and his now also says "4G" while my 4 says 3G. But when I run speed test we get exactly the same speeds. We have the same signal strength as well. I really don't get the deal with the 4S and it supposedly working on AT&T's faster 3G network because I've not seen it.
Garz, I have pulled down those speeds on my 4 in some spots in DC and northern VA. At my home it's around 3.5Mbps down and 0.8 up.
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- 03-08-2012, 05:38 PM #14iPhone Nanite
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Is it safe to say that most people will get faster speeds than before the update? (regardless what the true technical name for this is)
I ask because I am weighing the choices of breaking my jailbreak for faster OTA bandwidth.
I previously had a Pre3 on ATT that got H+ and it was pretty fast.
- 03-08-2012, 05:40 PM #15
- 03-08-2012, 08:09 PM #16
AT&T is really mucking this up. I thought their HSPA+ (what they call 4G) was faster than their HSDPA 7.2 "3G" network. But it appears it really isn't.
What network is my iPhone 4 getting these speeds on? I regularly get that speed in DC now.
- 03-08-2012, 11:49 PM #17
- 03-09-2012, 02:34 AM #18
So does the indicator always show the 4G symbol now unless you're on EDGE or does it drop down to 3G in some areas?"Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid." - John Wayne iPhone 5 Black (16GB) iPad Mini White (16GB)
- 03-09-2012, 09:27 AM #19
I still am not sure of the whole thing. I thought the HSPA+ network was much faster than it appears to be, in theory around 21Mbps but real world around 12-14Mbps. And that the 4S did not actually run on it because it maxes out at HSDPA 14.4 (yes technially HSPA+) which AT&T does not have; but carriers in Canada and Europe do. Also because I've tested in many locations and the 4 and 4S always get the same download speeds and amount of signal bars every where I've tested. That suggest to me that they are both downloading on the same pipes. The upload speeds are always faster; the 4 maxes at around 800kbps every where.
But it appears from videos on youtube even Android phones are topping out at just below 8Mbps on AT&T's HSPA+ network.
- 03-09-2012, 11:43 AM #20iPhone Beginner
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Here's the deal:
- every phone that AT&T and tmobile sold that had HSPA+ were being marketed as "4G". Whether you agree with this or not, that's what was happening. Tmobiles advertised "4g" network - its HSPA+.
- the iPhone was the only phone they sold that was HSPA+ that didn't show it was on a '4g' network.
- this update did nothing more than change the indicator to show '4G' if the phone was getting an HSPA+ signal. It would show 3G if your in non HSPA+ area and E as before if you are in a 2G area.
The change (a t the request of att) as simply to make it consistent with the rest of their line and the completions practices.
It seems that phones which get 4G LTE will have some indicator that will be different than "4G"
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