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  • AT&T Doubling 3G Speed (And SEXTUPLING Soon)


    AT&T is doing some big network upgrades. The current 3G cap on the AT&T network is 3.6 megabits per second - that'd be increasing to 7.2 Mb/s. They're doing software upgrades at all the base stations to get this boost.

    HSPA (the technology behind AT&T's "3G" network) can be pushed to 14.4 MB/s - but due to technical issues and the readiness of HSPA+ (call it 4G), AT&T will be skipping over that upgrade to move their network to full on 4G HSPA+ later this year. That's speeds of up to 21 Mb/s, nearly 6 times what they've currently got.

    This could be the "significantly faster internet speeds" rumored to be coming on the new iPhones rolling out this June.

    With the rumors of Apple gearing up for a slightly larger touchscreen device, plus this new high-speed network... and the addition of HD content in iTunes Store as well as HD iPhone video output in upcoming models... streaming media is getting so much better.

    I have a feeling Sling.app and Hulu.app are going to be my favorite apps.

    telephonyonline via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Doubling 3G Speed (And SEXTUPLING Soon) started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 89 Comments
    1. kagehito54's Avatar
      kagehito54 -
      This is freaking awesome cause here in Hawaii our DSL and Road Runner speeds tank our infrastructure on either blow royal donkey balls. DSL caps out at 11mbps if you qualify and you pay out the wazoo for it. And RR sucks cause where I live there's only 1 bandwidth pipe to go for two cities. So the bandwidth sharing sucks so I don't even bother with going cable. So having these awesome bandwidth opportunities via mobile is fantastic can't wait and I don't even care if it's going to cost me an extra $10 a month I'd even go another $20 a month if I had to.
    1. VABrainiac's Avatar
      VABrainiac -
      Quote Originally Posted by jaredb03 View Post
      How about they work on getting 3g coverage on more than about 15-20% of the US. the closet 3g coverage to me is about 100 miles away. Lame
      I second that motion! My parents have 3G and they're in the woods of Pennsylvania. I'm on one of the biggest college campuses in Virginia and I don't have 3G?!
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      With these advances does anyone think that the actually 3g network will be increase in range and stability by default. Whats the point in having the new network capabilities if its only available 5-8% of the time? And what will it fall back to when its not available... Regular 3G? I'm just hoping this will be better all around. I plan on buying the new phone without question in June, but I'd like the service to match the product optimally.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      I get 3G coverage EVERYWHERE in England and it's already at 7.2 Mbps, US is way behind in mobile technology.
      Btw, that info is based on a Nokia N95 8GB as I don't have a 3G iPhone, so I assume the iPhone 3G would also get the 3G coverage.
      Keep in mind that your country is A LOT smaller than the US and updating the towers there doesn't take nearly as much time or money to do so.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by limppp View Post
      14.4....try 300 baud. Back when the closest thing to the internet was a bunch of BBS
      But the closest thing to the internet wasn't internet, so it hardly counts. It's like comparing an old school movie theater to the first tv set... not the same

      Quote Originally Posted by €hR!$ View Post
      Keep in mind that your country is A LOT smaller than the US and updating the towers there doesn't take nearly as much time or money to do so.
      No Chris, England is better in EVERY way!!! Haven't you seen that attitude from dozens of UK MMI users?
    1. coloradoxmfan's Avatar
      coloradoxmfan -
      ... talked to my cohorts at T... June is going to be an awesome month! MMI will be crazier than ever / busier than ever in the coming months.
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      Hell yeah.
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      It makes me sick every time AT&T starts talking about improving 3g speeds. Their lack of coverage is pathetic. I can travel 25 miles either way & I'm in a major city & still no coverage.
      AT&T has around 317 cities/towns that have 3G. You will know how sad that is when you realize there are over 18,000 cities/towns in the US.
    1. dillonsmith9147's Avatar
      dillonsmith9147 -
      Quote Originally Posted by r1994augusto View Post
      definitively AT&T is the best network out there!
      AHAHAHAHA thats the funniest thing ive ever heard, AT&T althougth i am unfortuatly stuck with until apple desides that verizon would make them more money, is by far the worst network, ok maybey not the worst but DEFINATlY not best, have you ever seen a comparison chart of Verizon and ATT's 3g coverage, weather it will be faster or not it will only be in select few places, id rather have slower 3g then 4g when i travel to a big city, plus what about LTE?

      and just as a side note, unless ATT does something about coverage, especially at my house where i have half a bar, i will switch to VZW even though i love my iphone, guess ill have to settle for crackberry or wait for an EV-DO iphone
    1. NeoNightmareX's Avatar
      NeoNightmareX -
      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      I get 3G coverage EVERYWHERE in England and it's already at 7.2 Mbps, US is way behind in mobile technology.
      Btw, that info is based on a Nokia N95 8GB as I don't have a 3G iPhone, so I assume the iPhone 3G would also get the 3G coverage.
      The U.S. is behind almost every country in any ranking system for internet speeds.
    1. wisecat74's Avatar
      wisecat74 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wisecat74 View Post
      No really it's OK, I don't need to know how to create a new thread, I just wanted to recommend a FREE iPhone app that lets you backup your contacts wirelessly and makes them accessible online. You can even add and edit contacts online. YOU UNGRATEFUL SOBs!!!
      Guys I am very sorry about these stupid remarks I made, I had a few drinks and really got frustrated when I saw no replies. I apologize.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      No Chris, England is better in EVERY way!!! Haven't you seen that attitude from dozens of UK MMI users?
      L...O...L! DDDDD

      Quote Originally Posted by dillonsmith9147 View Post
      AHAHAHAHA thats the funniest thing ive ever heard, AT&T althougth i am unfortuatly stuck with until apple desides that verizon would make them more money, is by far the worst network, ok maybey not the worst but DEFINATlY not best, have you ever seen a comparison chart of Verizon and ATT's 3g coverage, weather it will be faster or not it will only be in select few places, id rather have slower 3g then 4g when i travel to a big city, plus what about LTE?

      and just as a side note, unless ATT does something about coverage, especially at my house where i have half a bar, i will switch to VZW even though i love my iphone, guess ill have to settle for crackberry or wait for an EV-DO iphone
      You people keep complaining about AT&T's coverage, and I have no problem with them. They've got great service here (New Orleans) and that's all that matters to me. But if you can't get a signal with AT&T where you live, why the hell would you buy a phone that's locked to that network?

      I'm sick of people whining about not having 3G in their area. It's not like you bought the phone and had 3G in your city and then AT&T took it away. You CHOOSE to pay for service you don't get. That's all on you!

      Quote Originally Posted by wisecat74 View Post
      Guys I am very sorry about these stupid remarks I made, I had a few drinks and really got frustrated when I saw no replies. I apologize.
      No worries, dude. This is one of the few sites I've been to where people don't really seem to interact with each other much. Everyone seems to just post and move on instead of actually replying to questions and comments.

      You see people quoting other people's posts, but not to respond to that person, but merely elaborate on their post or disagree. Don't think there's many "friendships" going on at these forums. lol
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by IndianCheese View Post
      I like paying $6 for full Internet on T-Mobile.
      Full internet? At what speed? Until you have decent HSDPA speeds you have not experienced full internet on your phone. T-Mobile here in the UK have been upgrading their network to 7.2 Mb for a while, they are by far the best in the UK but this is a theoretical maximum - the most I've seen on my phone is 1.9Mb but it rarely dips below 1.1Mb


      The first Modem I used was 2400baud and cost 799 but I was already an old man back then (my son recently asked who was king when I was born....)
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by dillonsmith9147 View Post
      AHAHAHAHA thats the funniest thing ive ever heard, AT&T althougth i am unfortuatly stuck with until apple desides that verizon would make them more money, is by far the worst network, ok maybey not the worst but DEFINATlY not best, have you ever seen a comparison chart of Verizon and ATT's 3g coverage, weather it will be faster or not it will only be in select few places, id rather have slower 3g then 4g when i travel to a big city, plus what about LTE?

      and just as a side note, unless ATT does something about coverage, especially at my house where i have half a bar, i will switch to VZW even though i love my iphone, guess ill have to settle for crackberry or wait for an EV-DO iphone
      Yeah.Ok. I travel a lot. So do my co-workers. They are always complaining about their service. I get a lot of requests from them to use my phone because their service is weak...T-Mo, Sprint, Verizon. I stick with AT&T because they have the map covered. The only place I lost signal once was in the panhandle of Oklahoma and they have since fixed that dead zone.
    1. wisecat74's Avatar
      wisecat74 -
      Chris, Yeah it seems that way.
    1. braddahjosh's Avatar
      braddahjosh -
      It just pisses me off that I have to buy a new iphone just to get faster internet when my 3G is supposed to be at 14 MBPS but AT&T is restricting it! AT&T should unrestrict it's 3G services before going to a totally different technology.
    1. keech_running's Avatar
      keech_running -
      If only i had att!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by braddahjosh View Post
      It just pisses me off that I have to buy a new iphone just to get faster internet when my 3G is supposed to be at 14 MBPS but AT&T is restricting it! AT&T should unrestrict it's 3G services before going to a totally different technology.
      3G is 384Mbs
      HSDPA can be up tyo 14400 but that does involve very heavy investment in infrastructure.
      You really should get your facts straight.
    1. darkrom's Avatar
      darkrom -
      Quote Originally Posted by OneRing2Rule View Post
      I remember when 2400 baud was DOUBLE the old speed of 1200 baud. and I distinctly remember using 300 baud on some really old 1983 bulletin board.

      Those were the days....
      Don't you actually like looking back at all the times you waited around 10 minutes to post a message to one? I know I thought it was hot **** at the time lol. Weird.
    1. keyztolope's Avatar
      keyztolope -
      well what is this article talking about?
      AT&T tests speedier 3G network | Wireless - CNET News

      they say ATT is going from 1.7Mbps to 3.6Mbps
      nothing about 7.xMbps