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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. NHSKayak's Avatar
      NHSKayak -
      Quote Originally Posted by IvanPK View Post
      I've only not gotten 3G coverage at a rural farm... weird. :P
      You don't get around much do you? Rural America, where most of us live, doesn't get 3G coverage.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      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 live in "po-dunk" fayetteville/sanford NC and we get 3g! So IDK what you guys are talking about... you must live in towns with about 300 citizens and a lot of inbreeding
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by NHSKayak View Post
      You don't get around much do you? Rural America, where most of us live, doesn't get 3G coverage.
      LOL The majority of people in the US live in urban areas.

      And I don't know what everyone's complaining about either. I've found very few places that don't have 3G coverage.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Well in my area it is rare not to be on 3g
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by ALL DAY View Post
      Technology evolving? No way, who would have thought...
      Who'd a thunk it.
    1. dreamerinq's Avatar
      dreamerinq -
      Can our current 3g iPhones be upgraded to the 4g network with out buying another phone?
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Rednecks shouldn't have iPhones anyway.
    1. origitat's Avatar
      origitat -
      Quote Originally Posted by dreamerinq View Post
      Can our current 3g iPhones be upgraded to the 4g network with out buying another phone?
      im thinking thats a no
    1. fklentz's Avatar
      fklentz -
      4G will be just great, now I'll be able to drain the battery in an hour.
    1. salayyad's Avatar
      salayyad -
      i thought the iphone 3g radio could support 7.2 i thought i remember reading that before it was released. maybe i read it wrong
    1. popmanbx's Avatar
      popmanbx -
      Quote Originally Posted by IndianCheese View Post
      Well yeah, it's not like Apple's going to EVER stop making new iPhones! =]

      Well, I'll agree they are first with premium cellular connections development, but their prices are WAY too high. I like paying $6 for full Internet on T-Mobile.
      I'd rather pay the money and have my phone service work. T-Mobile sucks.
    1. limppp's Avatar
      limppp -
      Quote Originally Posted by bschucher View Post
      56k?? How but 14.4?? LOL
      14.4....try 300 baud. Back when the closest thing to the internet was a bunch of BBS
    1. ALL DAY's Avatar
      ALL DAY -
      Quote Originally Posted by salayyad View Post
      i thought the iphone 3g radio could support 7.2 i thought i remember reading that before it was released. maybe i read it wrong
      Yeah, it can. 7.2 3G isn't 4G.
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      It's about time!!
    1. Riviera's Avatar
      Riviera -
      I think apple will wait to release the new iPhone until ATT ready for the 4G network. I am guessing sometimes between Thanksgiving day & Christmas.
    1. OneRing2Rule's Avatar
      OneRing2Rule -
      Quote Originally Posted by bschucher View Post
      56k?? How but 14.4?? LOL
      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....
    1. ipodboy61's Avatar
      ipodboy61 -
      gezzz, you people are old
    1. Grassmasta's Avatar
      Grassmasta -
      WHAT ABOUT THE BEES?!?!?!?!

      Nah, I'm j/p. Bring on the consumer demands! Faster! Faster!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      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 got to agree with you 100%....... why double it when 3g is not in many areas now?
    1. NetMage's Avatar
      NetMage -
      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
      +1 no 3G coverage in my small city of 45k and they will be charging me for it when I get the new iPhone. Very Lame.