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  • "3.5G" iPhone 4 Blazes (Where Supported)

    With little fanfare, Apple has added High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) support to the iPhone, and it significantly improves performance. A report in ZDNet over the weekend indicated about 60% faster downloads and a 500% in upload throughput. The results will vary depending on the support for HSPA on the local AT&T cell: in Boston, I'm getting about double the download throughput I used to get with my iPhone 3G, and somewhere between eight and ten times the upload. Zowie.

    The iPhone 4's support for HSUPA as well as High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA, which was also supported by the iPhone 3GS) makes it Apple's first "3.5G" phone. AT&T is using HSPA as an evolutionary step towards its 4G LTE network which will begin deployment in 2011. The carrier has begun testing its advanced 3.5G network, capable of up to 7.2 Mbps downloads, in six cities - Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami - with 19 more to come by sometime this year. HSUPA adds an additional transport channel called the Enhanced Dedicated Channel (E-DCH), which will allows for uploads as fast as 5.8 Mbps.

    ZDNet did their testing out in Louisville, Kentucky which - though not a major city - has a solid network: they saw downloads in the 2 to 4 Mbps range and uploads consistently around 700 Mbps. Gizmodo tested the iPhone 4 in New York, with its notoriously congested network, and still found 5 to ten times improvement in uploads.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: "3.5G" iPhone 4 Blazes (Where Supported) started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 81 Comments
    1. eortizr's Avatar
      eortizr -
      seems that the upload is better in the iphone4, but the most important part (download) still bout the same... I always get 2.5GB download on my 3GS
    1. Paradine's Avatar
      Paradine -
      Impressive! I wonder if some people here in San Diego are getting dropped calls every time speedtest is performed
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NessLookAlike View Post
      Any chance this is just a software thing and my iPad 3G can do this eventually? Cause I'll be honest, I don't have some screenshots to post right now but I barely get a fraction of the speeds the rest of you get.

      My best ever speeds over 3G using SpeedTest:
      Download: 385KB/s
      Upload: 40KB/s

      EDIT: And just to clarify, those are my BEST EVER speeds, typically I get ~85KB/s down and ~16KB/s up.
      You are recording your speeds in KB(kilobyte), multiply that by 8 to get kb(kilobit), which is what everyone else is using.
    1. Excel Wiz's Avatar
      Excel Wiz -
      I am getting better speeds in CA.
    1. gafu's Avatar
      gafu -
      76up,26down because I'm freaking HOLDING IT WRONG!!
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chase817 View Post
      You are recording your speeds in KB(kilobyte), multiply that by 8 to get kb(kilobit), which is what everyone else is using.
      I'm well-aware of the difference between kilobits and kilobytes, and I listed my speeds in kilobytes because its way more practical than kilobits. I'm also well-aware that in terms of kilobits I'm still being smoked by other people here.

      The equivalent, just because you're such a good-looking guy:
      Down: ~680 kilobits/sec
      Up: ~128 kilobits/sec

      These speeds still suck.
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Not to bad, to bad 3G drops to EDGE 1 mile outside of town.
    1. Je5's Avatar
      Je5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fgarza View Post
      However, I am in my 6th floor apartment in the loop in between 2 high rise buildings, so maybe that's partly the reason for the slower speeds than others in Chicago.

      if youre on the northside by the Gold Coast you will get the beta test area where you will get 7.2
    1. ericm115's Avatar
      ericm115 -
      This seems like a nice upgrade. Wish there was an iPhone with a radio for tmo 3g. This is what i got when i had the HD2 .
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      certain area of Detroit and Ann Arbor MI are getting those speeds. it is funny how they roll out that upgrade at the same time they change their data plans......
    1. Dramer77's Avatar
      Dramer77 -
      this is what i got in Hagerstown MD, upload is way faster.. i was messing around an choose a different server, for some reason the closest server wont upload as fast..

      Local server

    1. SuperVee3's Avatar
      SuperVee3 -
      I'm in Minneapolis, Mn and use to get

      But I been seeing
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      wow, that's fast
    1. twalker3rd's Avatar
      twalker3rd -
      I just wish they would make what they got work.
    1. Eleni's Avatar
      Eleni -
      I'm in Chicago (60630) and got 3220kbit/s for downloads and 607kbit/s for uploads. I wonder where exactly they're doing the testing for this.
    1. moppsy's Avatar
      moppsy -
      Not to shabby.

    1. GranDaddyPurp's Avatar
      GranDaddyPurp -
      this is my result over 3G

    1. stickyd's Avatar
      stickyd -
      I'm in Charlotte and getting download spees between 3.5 and 4.5 mbps while upload speeds are around 1.5 and 2.0 mbps!!! These are super fast speeds for a 3G network. This will more than hold me over until LTE is introduced next year!
    1. Fezzik's Avatar
      Fezzik -
      Northern Burbs of Chicago (Libertyville) Got 3251 down and 1268 up on 4 bars
    1. MBCMDR's Avatar
      MBCMDR -
      It's sure not that speed here as AT&T needs to do some work around here. Thank GOD I have a kick butt WiFi in home. I think you can figure out what one below is home but the download like 66% of normal (22,000 kbps) LOL Daughter in Netflix. Plus a good Work WiFi as AT&T sure not pulling there weight around here. I even waited 20 minutes to see if get any better still way below advertised. Then Apple wonder why we want a better carrier that can provide what should be getting already.