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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. Carter454's Avatar
      Carter454 -
      Awesome. What other network just crashes like this?
    1. Mrinfame's Avatar
      Mrinfame -
      At & t mo money mo problems that's why I go with t mobile
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      i like tmobile hopefully they roll out that HSPA or whatever the name internet they got that was tested in NY nd had speed faster than 3G
    1. iphone925's Avatar
      iphone925 -
      I am getting about 3 mb download and 1.2 mb upload SO i guess my area has been fixed already But I hope it works out for others
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carter454 View Post
      Awesome. What other network just crashes like this?
      Verizon lol

      And I'd love to see tmobile even attempt to take on at&ts iPhone users. They couldn't handle it.
    1. jds1469's Avatar
      jds1469 -
      been good here from the start of the iPhone 4 3.2 or so DOWN and 2 mbps UP
    1. rawhog's Avatar
      rawhog -
      Is this HSUPA 3.5G?
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      IPHONE 3GS with wifi on download 227kbs upload 188kbs
      IPHONE 3GS with wifi off download 1522kbs upload 144kbs
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Thank you. Finally. Hopefully AT&T won't take longer than 3 weeks.
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      once another carrier has a contract with the iPhone it will crash harder than at&t(lol there will always be a basher)
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carter454 View Post
      Awesome. What other network just crashes like this?
      Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Rogers, Boost, All-Tel ... pretty much everyone at one time or another.
    1. jordbrett's Avatar
      jordbrett -
      Ironically I noticed and tested two days ago much faster upload speeds in NYC.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      good job AT&T
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Lol remember the T-Mobile crash that took them down nationwide for a few hours last year? Happened to be the same day that Geohot released the unlock.
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      Sounds good!
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      I'm around 3.3 Mbps download and 1.8 upload. In Texas 50 or so miles from Austin server. Dallas is a bit slower and H-Town seems to crawl. Must be the distance?!? The upload is much faster now.

      Also since my i4 is unlocked I tested tmobile and I'm at 120kbps upload and a whole .85mbps download with 4 bars to the same server.
    1. Carter454's Avatar
      Carter454 -
      Okay okay good point. Sorry for the dumb post
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      Will some of you guys are lucky. The tower near me has been down since yesterday. I have no service what so ever.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      research my friend t-mobile can handle att network of Iphones.
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carter454 View Post
      Awesome. What other network just crashes like this?
      Many. And BTW, most other networks also have lower uploads.

      Quote Originally Posted by macsoldier View Post
      research my friend t-mobile can handle att network of Iphones.
      ???

      T-mobile has a smaller network, that also relies heavily on roaming using other carriers towers, in the US anyway. They are barely able to get 3G in most areas as well. That's nearly as bad as saying cricket can handle them.