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  • AT&T Ramping Up Download Speeds



    In case you missed it this week, AT&T made both an announcement and a pledge. Official word from the carrier stated that its high-speed HSPA+ data network upgrade will deliver a sorely needed boost to download speeds by the end of this year. According to AT&T, 14.4Mbps download speeds should be available to nearly 250 million Americans as we usher in 2011.

    In addition, AT&T's current 3G network will enjoy a flurry of improvements, like doubling the network's current speeds. To be sure, this report about the effects of AT&T's upgrade is far from a rumor. AT&T Operations CEO John Stankey laid out all the gory details at a Reuters function this week, although it's safe to say that some of the bold claims could ultimately prove to have been somewhat exaggerated.

    Many industry analysts and educated observers say that a more realistic average download speed should crank in at between 7.2Mbps and 14.4Mbps following the upgrade that will blanket most of the United States. The upgrade has been "forthcoming" ever since Apple revealed the iPhone 3GS last year. Despite what seems to have been an eternity since AT&T promised the upgraded high-speed 3G network, the carrier claims to actually be "ahead of schedule" with its targeted goals for the remainder of 2010.

    Hopefully, AT&T's 4G data network scheduled for a 2011 roll out will also be "ahead of schedule."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Ramping Up Download Speeds started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. techyogi's Avatar
      techyogi -
      Until their network is reliable, consistent, and holds a connection for calls and data without dropping 5x a day, this is just FUD. I don't care how fast my connection is right now - i care that my connection drops 5x a day making a simple phone call.

      If i had the option of a verizon iphone, it'd be the first time in my life i would pay an early termination fee with a smile.
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RonHC View Post
      Take that Verizon!!!!
      Verizon will definitely take me, D..R..O..I..D!!!! I'm tired of AT&T's BS on how they will increase their speed. This "speed news" crap always comes out right before they want to sell another version of the iPhone. Never fails....... or should I say, They FAIL ever since 2G!!!

      Flaming 3G.......Ha! Keep believing 'em sheep.....

      Quote Originally Posted by hacker555 View Post
      see i hear this comment all the time, honestly i dont care if some areas dont have coverage. get over it thats part of how the world works. Take Verizon for example, Fios, their MAIN Selling point for their TV package is available in only a few locations, how is that any different??

      i have 3G from AT&T in my area, and its God F%cking AWESOME! Faster speeds are only icing on the cake.

      also for those of you who dont have great coverage, would you rather get full coverage put pay alot more than other users? no obviously not, thats because your area isnt economical or productive for the company to bust its *** for a region that has 5k users as opposed to NYC,LA,Seattle places that have 100 times that.

      youll get it eventually but for now, id advice you to get your information straight you commercial watching sheep, dont trust everything you see coming from a company, most of the time they are stretching or manipulating the truth.
      Well, there is a way to prove out this bold statement. For those of you who believe they have the best with AT&T, having issues and afraid of getting worse coverage, just go to a Verizon store and ask them to loan you a phone for a day or so. They will for free as long as you are willing to cover any possible damages while doing so. I did it, and let me tell you they definitely had better speed and connectivity in a poor AT&T reception area. They also had 3G service when AT&T only had 2G ---- go figure that! Give it a try, all it will cost you is a couple trips to a Verizon store. By the way, they didn't even sale pitch me, they must have figured that the trail would do it.... and it did!

      Counting down the contract days......