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  • AT&T Will Speed Up Your Uploads... Slowly

    AT&T announced today that they would start rolling out a patch for the upload speed problems that have been plaguing numerous iPhone 4 users throughout the US. AT&T identified the issue as a software bug in equipment used in certain areas of their network, and released a workaround to improve speeds while the patch to fix the bug was being developed. A spokesman for the carrier said today that the patch would be phased in over the next two to three weeks.

    Around the July 4th holiday, new iPhone 4 owners noticed that their uploads - which had in some cases increased by as much as 10 times over iPhone 3G/S speeds - suddenly crashed. Reports of upload throughput below 100 kb/s were common, and some users suspected AT&T was capping their uploads to save its network. However, the carrier insisted that it was not doing traffic limiting, and said that Alcatel-Lucent equipment had a bug that crippled devices running the High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) protocol. On AT&T's network, the only HSUPA devices are the iPhone 4 and some of the cards used with the carrier's LaptopConnect service.

    AT&T released a workaround to the Alcatel-Lucent bug that allowed 3G uploads up to 384 kb/s, better than the 100 kb/s some were experiencing but still much less the 1.5 to 2 Mb/s many users had gotten before the bug. "The patch will be deployed on a phased basis over the next two to three weeks," according to AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel. The Reuters article on the AT&T announcement promises "a potential maximum of 5.67 gigabits per second" after the patch is applied; we're pretty sure they meant "megabits."

    Source: Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Will Speed Up Your Uploads... Slowly started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Awesome but I don't believe 5.67 gb per second. Considering getting an iPhone 4 now that they've worked out problems.
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      Quote Originally Posted by robertr1 View Post
      Awesome but I don't believe 5.67 gb per second. Considering getting an iPhone 4 now that they've worked out problems.
      It's a type-o. I'm 99.9% sure they meant megabytes!
    1. Piazza331's Avatar
      Piazza331 -
      3G was down for 12 hours in Tuscaloosa, AL a few says ago. Upload speed jumped from 150 kbs to 1.2 mbs after it was back.
    1. rryyddeerr's Avatar
      rryyddeerr -
      mine is back up to speed and downloads are up from 1.5mbps to 2.8. go att
    1. bholloway's Avatar
      bholloway -
      I've had no problems with AT&T. I just wish they would have more android phones
    1. engelke2010's Avatar
      engelke2010 -
      I'm really jealous of you guys who are getting such great upload speeds. Those speeds are faster than my download speeds. I've spent a LOT of time with AT&T trying to get things fixed to no avail. And nobody I have spoken to there knows anything about a patch. While the customer service with AT&T has been pretty good since I got my i4, the service with the phone has been horrible. I dropped calls three times in a half hour while on hold with tech people. On the good side, I did get some really good credits for my next bill.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      They sure can increase prices fast though!
    1. tyson1749's Avatar
      tyson1749 -
      Finally fixed here 'in' Portland, OR