Originally Posted by AIaddict
I have seen speeds in that range on AT&T since my wife got her 3Gs in July 2009. Before that my 3G had upload speeds in the 1.0-1.2 range but it would not get more than 1.5 down.
No conspiracies at work, you must live in an area that was at the bottom of the upgrade list, or you have not tested in a while.
While it may be entirely coincidental, there is enough circumstancial evidence to the contrary (at least in my observations). While someone snidely commented that this was a scientific study, I don't need anyone to point out that it is merely anecdotal, having done over 20 years of published research). However, I have measured my download and upload speeds over a hundred times since last August, in the same spot in my house. Also went out today to measure much the same speeds over the Palo Alto/Sunnyvale area of CA (over a 20 mile area). Funny how I measured it at the slower speeds on Thursday, and it coincided almost exactly with ATT announcing they were going to join the others who say their networks are 4G (which they say is really HSPA+ in their case), when in fact they are less than what many are saying is "pure 4G" (only Verizon, with 4G LTE, and Sprint, with WiMax, are considered "Pure 4G"), but no agreed upon definition is binding on any of the carriers to date, ergo the discrepancy and confusion - just the sort of confusion that has led to exaggerated claims.
I only brought it to your attention with the hopes that a few of you may have done some testing over the last few weeks or months, and would ask that they go back and try again, and see if the speed has doubled or better, as mine has.
No - there is no conspiracy as such, but marketing decisions at work here, if what I suspect has happened is bourne out, because ATT many months ago said the HSPA+ was already available (at least on the iPhone 4), and that the download speeds approach "Pure 4G" already, which they have not done near my house until this weekend - curious timing indeed.