AT&T boasts 20%-60% faster wireless speeds than competitors

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  • Reply 21 of 80
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    Originally Posted by noexpectations View Post


    You can probably blame this thing called "Physics", not any specific cell phone provider. Wireless signals do not like to penetrate brick, metal, or tinted glass barriers.



    thanks for the physics lesson. I didn't realize that cellphones were not meant for indoor use.
  • Reply 22 of 80
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member
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    Originally Posted by cwfrederick View Post


    I wasn't an AT&T hater, but now I live a block away from the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center in Houston, and I can't even get phone reception in my gd apartment, except maybe if I put my iPhone 4 on the windosil, sometimes.. if I get a page I have to walk out of the building to return it. EFF YOU AT&T !!!



    You need to so some reading about how radio signals propagate and what impedes them. You know, like steel buildings. Ever look at the ceiling in a hospital? Cell signal boosters in every hallway.



    Clueless, funny, rant though.
  • Reply 23 of 80
    I've been consistantly getting 4-5mbps here in Columbus, OH.
  • Reply 24 of 80
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by noexpectations View Post


    You can probably blame this thing called "Physics", not any specific cell phone provider. Wireless signals do not like to penetrate brick, metal, or tinted glass barriers.



    Yeah. If you expect to use a cellphone as a home phone plan to get a repeater. You might have slightly better luck with Verizon, but it will be hit or miss either way. AT&T is definitely faster then Verizon though. Even if Verizon had the iPhone on their network, I would take AT&T and a repeater over them for the extra bandwidth. A good indicator of which company might be faster is to look at which one provides internet service in the area. If there is AT&T DSL, there may be a good AT&T backhaul. If there is Verizon FiOS, then they may have the better backhaul. My impression has always been that AT&T has a better backhaul because they build it off of their DSL network (which is almost everywhere).
  • Reply 25 of 80
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    Originally Posted by enjourni View Post


    Stupid. What is the point of faster speeds if your connection keeps dropping?



    AT&T needs to show that they are fixing their coverage problems, not that in 1% of cases they have faster network.



    Confused: Didn't this study say that it covered 950,000 miles, 400 markets, and about 88% of the population? Where did your 1% come from?
  • Reply 26 of 80
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    So which is the actual claim? Is AT&T 60% faster, or is Verizon 60% slower? Those are VERY different numbers.



    If Verizon is 60% slower than AT&T (in other words, 40% as fast) then AT&T is 2.5x as fast as Verizon. A.k.a. 150% faster.



    (It’s all just general claims anyway—what matters is where you live. Where I live, Verizon and AT&T share the same dead zones! But they are few, so I have little interest in switching to T-Mobile. My iPhone 4 gets great 3G coverage and reliability. And the main thing I need to know: only AT&T lets me check the movie time online WHILE on the call!)
  • Reply 27 of 80
    something tells me that ATT did a bogus test by third party testers.



    My money is on the fact that they paid the third party tester to



    1- test in an optimal time of day, not when their network is maximized by users and just craps out.

    2- test in areas ATT has maximized their network

    3- in areas they know their competitors don't do as well



    there are all sorts of ways you can manipulate results from "independent testing," this is much like politicians doing push polling, you can rig a result by virtue of how you ask a question, which can often lead to your candidate getting a better result.



    this test can have tons of manipulations and settings which favor ATT, even though they tout it being done by third party. Hell they could even have given the testers settings prioritizing them over regular customers on the network.



    who knows. but the one thing i do know is ATT stinks most of the time. their coverage has holes and drops calls, Data is many times not available, and often i can't start a call when i try.



    ATT stinks, just hoping that they stink a lil less come Jan/Feb when the Iphone Exodus commences.
  • Reply 28 of 80
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    Originally Posted by cwfrederick View Post


    thanks for the physics lesson. I didn't realize that cellphones were not meant for indoor use.



    Well, when you are essentially sitting inside a metal box what so you expect from a radio signal?
  • Reply 29 of 80
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    Originally Posted by mitchelljd View Post


    something tells me that ATT did a bogus test by third party testers.



    My money is on the fact that they paid the third party tester to



    1- test in an optimal time of day, not when their network is maximized by users and just craps out.

    2- test in areas ATT has maximized their network

    3- in areas they know their competitors don't do as well



    there are all sorts of ways you can manipulate results from "independent testing," this is much like politicians doing push polling, you can rig a result by virtue of how you ask a question, which can often lead to your candidate getting a better result.



    this test can have tons of manipulations and settings which favor ATT, even though they tout it being done by third party. Hell they could even have given the testers settings prioritizing them over regular customers on the network.



    who knows. but the one thing i do know is ATT stinks most of the time. their coverage has holes and drops calls, Data is many times not available, and often i can't start a call when i try.



    ATT stinks, just hoping that they stink a lil less come Jan/Feb when the Iphone Exodus commences.



    I doubt it was manipulated. This was not commissioned by AT&T. This was an independent test that they happened to do well in. It is not surprising to me. AT&T has always had the fastest network. That isn't the point that most people complain about. Typically it is AT&T's slightly smaller rural coverage, slightly worse indoor coverage, and dropped calls (which have reduced significantly since most were caused by the 2G to 3G handoff). They are just backing up what everyone already knows with some evidence. Perhaps they are also trying to combat the myth that other providers 4G networks are faster then their near 4G HSPA+ network.



    Just because a company happens to do well in an independent study doesn't mean that they manipulated the results. A little research before throwing out conspiracy theories would be nice.
  • Reply 30 of 80
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    Originally Posted by jragosta View Post


    I wonder if this will shut up all those "AT&T sucks" people out there.



    The fact is that if you commute to downtown Chicago from Lincoln Park - a distance of 2-3 miles - you will have 2-4 dead spots where calls cannot be made or calls in progress are dropped. These dead zones are NOT near tall buildings and the iPhone says 'No Service' in the upper left. We have tested this with iPhone 3G & 4Gs.



    So until AT&T can deliver basic services to 1995 levels - yes, they will still suck.
  • Reply 31 of 80
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    Originally Posted by 2774 View Post


    The fact is that if you commute to downtown Chicago from Lincoln Park - a distance of 2-3 miles - you will have 2-4 dead spots where calls cannot be made or calls in progress are dropped. These dead zones are NOT near tall buildings and the iPhone says 'No Service' in the upper left. We have tested this with iPhone 3G & 4Gs.



    So until AT&T can deliver basic services to 1995 levels - yes, they will still suck.



    I live near lakeshore drive and do this all the time. There used to be problems but they disappeared. You also used to hit a lot of dead zones just riding the train. It may have been the result of new frequencies in Chicago. Perhaps if you have an old phone (like the 2nd gen) the problems may still exist. I could see the lower level of lakeshore drive having problems, but have never tried to use a phone there. The subway is still a little spotty, but at least there is coverage in the subway now. The lakeshore also used to have poor coverage, but that improved within the last couple years too.



    AT&T has an iPhone app to report dead zones. May be worth trying if you have a specific problem.
  • Reply 32 of 80
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    Originally Posted by 2774 View Post


    The fact is that if you commute to downtown Chicago from Lincoln Park - a distance of 2-3 miles - you will have 2-4 dead spots where calls cannot be made or calls in progress are dropped. These dead zones are NOT near tall buildings and the iPhone says 'No Service' in the upper left. We have tested this with iPhone 3G & 4Gs.



    So until AT&T can deliver basic services to 1995 levels - yes, they will still suck.



    Nice, AT&T sucks because of a 2-3 mile stretch. Sorry about that little fella
  • Reply 33 of 80
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 18,020member
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    Originally Posted by FormerARSgm View Post


    Before the inevitable AT&T bashing begins...



    For the record, I've been quite pleased with the 3G service and coverage in Austin, TX. On iPad or iPhone, it's been reliable and fast.



    Of course, I've travelled to cities where this wasn't the case - I dropped calls, reception was weak, and data was slow. (Philadelphia, Denver, etc)



    Maybe we can at least all agree on the fact that AT&T at least seems to care about it's performance and seems to be spending millions of dollars to meet expectations. When Verizon jumps on board, we'll see how strong they're data network is and how well they respond to complaints.



    I've been VERY critical of AT&T since switching to buy my first iPhone two years ago. I've since upgraded to an iPhone 4. Speaking in everyday use terms (which can be subjective, obviously), I'd say the network has improved by leaps and bounds in those two years. Data speeds are much better, and I drop far fewer calls.



    I still have lingering issues with AT&T, notably dead zones in Philly's Western suburbs (where I work) and the "exurbs" (where I live). 3G is definitely spotty as one heads Northwest towards more rural areas, but that is to be expected. I still drop more calls than I'm comfortable with, seemingly with no reason many times.



    I've also had some frustrating billing experiences, most notably trying to combine my plan with my wife's---and getting billed $3.99 for accidentally pushing the AT&T Navigator button on her phone (they removed the charge).



    So all things considered...a mixed bag. Not overly happy, but things have improved.
  • Reply 34 of 80
    I was in Eagle River Wisconsin, The middle of no where and a friend just purchased the Sprint EVO. I was unimpressed by the EVO as just to the touch you can easily identify the difference in quality of manufacture. When my friend showed me how fast it brings up web pages and it was lightning fast. Ever since I have been very disappointed with the speed of the AT&T network. I understand wireless technology is still in its infancy but the speed difference between my iPhone and his EVO was embarrassing. I am an Apple fan as they are leaders not followers but how could this happen? Is it because the sprint network has that much lower traffic? This article claims faster speeds by AT&T than another carrier. But unless my friend tricked me somehow how did he access the websites almost instantaneously. Not even my desk top is that fast.I get the impression that there is a reasonable amount of data averaging to make there across the country claims but....
  • Reply 35 of 80
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    Originally Posted by teamlo View Post


    It doesn't matter if it's 60% faster or a million times faster. If I can't get a signal where I live, it's 0% faster. And right now, that's the case. Awaiting the Verizon iPhone. Great phone, but without a signal, it's useless to me.



    I'm with you. When I get a full signal the download speed is nice, even with 2 or 3 bars it's better than you'd expect with 2 or 3 bars. The problem is areas where it's jumping back and forth between 3G and edge, or you've got no signal at all and calls drop. This happens too much around Los Angeles.



    People make Verizon sound like you'll have 5 bars everywhere you go and that therefore the effective speed would be more than AT&T's higher potential speed. I doubt that's the case, but I'll take the no dropped calls that I hear about from Verizon people I know locally and work my up from there as LTE rolls out.



    What I'd really like is a cell phone that doesn't get garbled or cut out when I'm trying to write down an address or a phone number. That would be nice!
  • Reply 36 of 80
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    Originally Posted by SHOBIZ View Post


    Nice, AT&T sucks because of a 2-3 mile stretch. Sorry about that little fella



    Yeah a 2-3 mile stretch that is home to millions of people at the heart of one of the largest cities in the U.S. There used to be major problems here, but I have not experienced them in a long time. There is probably the occasional dead zone still, but it is nothing like it used to be. I no longer worry about a call dropping.
  • Reply 37 of 80
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    Originally Posted by esummers View Post


    Yeah a 2-3 mile stretch that is home to millions of people at the heart of one of the largest cities in the U.S. There used to be major problems here, but I have not experienced them in a long time. There is probably the occasional dead zone still, but it is nothing like it used to be. I no longer worry about a call dropping.



    I understand your point, but if it is not an issue why was it even brought up for argument then? Just for the OP to vent on something that does not even exist today?



    Well, if we can go back in to the past, I want to bitch about not having enough money to spend when I was twelve
  • Reply 38 of 80
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    Originally Posted by InLine1 View Post


    I was in Eagle River Wisconsin, The middle of no where and a friend just purchased the Sprint EVO. I was unimpressed by the EVO as just to the touch you can easily identify the difference in quality of manufacture. When my friend showed me how fast it brings up web pages and it was lightning fast. Ever since I have been very disappointed with the speed of the AT&T network. I understand wireless technology is still in its infancy but the speed difference between my iPhone and his EVO was embarrassing. I am an Apple fan as they are leaders not followers but how could this happen? Is it because the sprint network has that much lower traffic? This article claims faster speeds by AT&T than another carrier. But unless my friend tricked me somehow how did he access the websites almost instantaneously. Not even my desk top is that fast.I get the impression that there is a reasonable amount of data averaging to make there across the country claims but....



    I was in a similar boat earlier this year when my friend also picked a Sprint EVO. And like you, the moment I held it in my hands I knew this was on a much lower tier in terns of the "feeling" of quality.



    But likewise, I was disappointed that my iPhone 4 loaded pages over 3G only about as fast as his EVO. Then I realized a few things:



    1) My iPhone starts displaying pages EARLIER than the EVo even though it finishes loading them just slightly slower.



    2) the EVO he got (don't know what fruit cake version of robotOS it used) was very slow with JavaScript heavy pages.



    3) Pinch-to-Zoom was extremely, badly implemented.



    4) Android's default home screen (or at least default for his Sprint EVO) is a cluttered mess.



    And finally, I am with other posters as far as improved AT&T service. Having been with the original iPhone in 2007, I can say definitively that my service quality has IMPROVED with AT&T and that the speed upgrades and frequency changes have really really really helped my experience. I for one am actually kind of proud that AT&T is finally starting to get its act together.
  • Reply 39 of 80
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    Originally Posted by elliots11 View Post


    I'm with you. When I get a full signal the download speed is nice, even with 2 or 3 bars it's better than you'd expect with 2 or 3 bars. The problem is areas where it's jumping back and forth between 3G and edge, or you've got no signal at all and calls drop. This happens too much around Los Angeles.



    People make Verizon sound like you'll have 5 bars everywhere you go and that therefore the effective speed would be more than AT&T's higher potential speed. I doubt that's the case, but I'll take the no dropped calls that I hear about from Verizon people I know locally and work my up from there as LTE rolls out.



    What I'd really like is a cell phone that doesn't get garbled or cut out when I'm trying to write down an address or a phone number. That would be nice!



    Yeah. This was the real problem. Not sure what is taking them so long in LA. Everything is fully 3G for probably hundreds of miles around Chicago. I've never had it drop to Edge even going to outer suburbs. I've heard of problems in LA though.
  • Reply 40 of 80
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    Originally Posted by KingKuei View Post


    And finally, I am with other posters as far as improved AT&T service. Having been with the original iPhone in 2007, I can say definitively that my service quality has IMPROVED with AT&T and that the speed upgrades and frequency changes have really really really helped my experience. I for one am actually kind of proud that AT&T is finally starting to get its act together.



    Yeah, I have noticed the difference. When you are used to providers like RCN or Comcast in Chicago, it is great to see things actually get better. This has definitely improved my perception of AT&T. AT&T support has also been great anytime I've needed to use it recently. I thought it got worse after the SBC acquisition, but it seems they have been on the right track since then. It would be interesting to know if Verizon customers see meaningful improvement to the network overtime.
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