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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. RByers's Avatar
      RByers -
      Quote Originally Posted by fklentz View Post
      4G will be just great, now I'll be able to drain the battery in an hour.
      YOU GET OVER A HOUR OUT OF YOUR BATTER?!?!?!?!?!?!? LOL I really hope they put a changeable battery or bigger capacity in the new model. I barely get a solid 5 out of mine and it stays on the charger over 15 hours out of the day!
    1. ryan christopher's Avatar
      ryan christopher -
      As great as this sounds it's just another reason for AT&T to raise prices even more. I love their service but hate their prices. Give me an iPhone dual booted with Android on T-Mobile and you have yourself a happy camper
    1. Dorkenstein909's Avatar
      Dorkenstein909 -
      yea 7.2 mb seems like enough. I'm alredy impressed with the 3g speeds already. I barely even use wifi anymore, too much of a hassle to keep on
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      1200 Baud?! That was fast. I remember when I used smoke signals to communicate.
    1. wisecat74's Avatar
      wisecat74 -
      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!!!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      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. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      This has nothing to do with the topic of this thread. There is a section named "Member Written iPhone News"... Try posting there...
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by IvanPK View Post
      I've only not gotten 3G coverage at a rural farm... weird. :P
      Where do you live? In California there wasn't a spot where I didn't get 3G. I Iowa, on the other hand, only two of the cities have 3G connection. A LOT of the less populated areas are without 3G. I am in a town of 50,000 (big for Iowa) and we don;t have it here. The closest is Des Moines, about 45 minutes away.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^+1 thats true. it hasnt crawled into the rural areas.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by NetMage View Post
      +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.
      Yup already being charged for it when I can't get it..... and I am not happy about it one bit! But either I kept using my first iPhone or upgraded... so I upgraded. And it is lame of Att to charge us when we can't get it.... at least they could give us unlimited texts until we can get it.... LOL
    1. shnarfin's Avatar
      shnarfin -
      This is not 4G!! This is only a software upgrade to the existing 3G network. This is like 3.5G. All this does is upgrade existing 3G towers, we won't have to wait till they build out more towers. By the way, AT&T is adding over 200 towers in California this year. There are a lot of spots with no 3G coverage.

      4G technology is called LTE and can go from 25mb/s to 150mb/s. That won't be rolled out until 2011 or later. This is why Verizon and Sprint are trying to rush their 4G network. Their current technologies do not allow them to get to speeds this fast. They are stuck at the 1.0mb/s range. AT&T will definately have te upperhand for tHe next two years. after that it will be a fight to roll out LTE which will require a whole different generation of phones/devices.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      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
      and now its full of bs, bbw, brb's and other b acronyms that i cant remember lol
    1. bdwayneh's Avatar
      bdwayneh -
      Wonder what the price on this is going to be?
    1. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      I live in Altadena, CA just north of Pasadena. I get very little if at all 3G coverage. I wish I got Edge coverage...or at least 3 bars.
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ifonemaniac View Post
      1200 Baud?! That was fast. I remember when I used smoke signals to communicate.
      Smoke signals!?! I've seen cave drawings Man!! Me and the other primates were all digin it back in the day! LOL.......

      Nah really, I am one of those Commodorks, PC JR, PC AT, etc... with 300 baud rate too. So, you kids that are living fast today just enjoy all this great technology. So when (your?) kids BS you about cave drawings, you can tell them that you were an Idork too.

      Note: BBS = Bulletin Board Service (for those of you who don't know what BBS stood for - the prelude of Server Forums like this back in the Day!!!) Your so lucky.
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -

      you see the trend here.
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post

      you see the trend here.
      Yah....cave drawings were alot cheaper! ==== corrected.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Your != You're
      Where != Were
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      I'm on t-mobile 1st ten iphone..this makes me want to to with AT&T in June when the new iPhone comes out..but I do t want to pay cancle fees still have 9 months to go and AT&T charge way too much but if your going to have a expensive phone you have to pay to play on one of the most addicting phone out there..
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      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.