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ATT ups the ante in donwload speeds - February 23, 2010, 06:29 PM



Just under a year after coming in dead last in PCWorld's 3G Wireless Performance Test, AT&T's network is now winning handily with an average of 67% faster download speeds than its competitors. Coming after the CEO of AT&T Wireless's promise that the company was investing in improved infrastructure after years of dismal reviews, the result - what the testers refer to as a "drastic makeover" - is bound to give a boost to AT&T's battered public image. Analysts and US regulators have been predicting that the iPad's launch would bring the carrier's troubled network to a standstill.

For the comparison, PCWorld testers went to 13 US cities and recorded upload and download speeds from 20 individual locations situated in a grid in the downtown area of each city, running more than 51,000 tests in December and January. AT&T's average download speed was 1,410 kbps and upload of 773 kbps, far ahead of all other competitors and an improvement of 84% over last year's results. AT&T's commitment to address poor performance in New York and San Francisco markets has apparently borne fruit, with three times faster download speeds as compared to last spring in New York City and 40% faster downloads in San Francisco since the previous survey.

In addition, the survey also looked at reliability, with the tester checking to see how often they were able to establish an uninterrupted connection while doing the speed tests. In this area the carriers all performed roughly equally, with reliable connections coming 92% of the time for both T-Mobile and Verizon, and AT&T and Sprint both somewhat more reliable with 94% of all connections being solid. 8 months ago, AT&T’s reliability rate was coming in at just 64% in PCWorld's tests.

In addition, in Baltimore, Boston, and New York - cities where the advanced HSPA 7.2 Mbps networks have been deployed - PCWorld measured burst speeds exceeding 4000 kbps. By the end of the year, AT&T says they plan to have HSPA in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Columbus, Austin, Memphis, Baltimore, Fort Worth, Charlotte, El Paso, Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston, and Denver.

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Hmmm, this test is a little skewed only because the time period they were testing was just before T-Mobile completed the HSPA network upgrade.

Takeaway:
- AT&T, the fastest (as of when the test was taken)

- T-Mobile, the most reliability. (lower frequency GSM = more range and penetration! But probably as fast as AT&T now that the HSPA upgrade is done)

- Sprint, middle of the road.

- Verizon, 2nd fastest but the worst reliability. (can you hear me now? hell no!)



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Hmmm, this test is a little skewed only because the time period they were testing was just before T-Mobile completed the HSPA network upgrade.

Takeaway:
- AT&T, the fastest (as of when the test was taken)

- T-Mobile, the most reliability. (lower frequency GSM = more range and penetration! But probably as fast as AT&T now that the HSPA upgrade is done)

- Sprint, middle of the road.

- Verizon, 2nd fastest but the worst reliability. (can you hear me now? hell no!)
I doubt HSPA increased their speeds 50%


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I doubt HSPA increased their speeds 50%
Yup it is. They're using the same HSPA protocol as AT&T is now. The networ upgrade was completed a week before Nexus One was released to coincide with it's introduction.

They're already testing HSPA+ in Philly



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Europe is already getting ready for 5G/6G. We're still stuck with 3G!


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Europe is already getting ready for 5G/6G. We're still stuck with 3G!
Scale brother -- scale and cost. The amount of cell towers and network equipment needed to be cover and upgrade your average European country or Japan (Where they upgrade every 3 years it seems) would only cover about 2 large states here in the US.



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And I STILL can't make a fucking phone call. I drop at least 50% of my calls. Thats an improvement from 80% a few months ago. I am not exaggerating.


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And I STILL can't make a fucking phone call. I drop at least 50% of my calls. Thats an improvement from 80% a few months ago. I am not exaggerating.
What phone + what network?
If iPhone, that thing is notorious for dropping calls! Doesn't help that ATT uses a higher GSM frequency.

Sprint has some coverage problems as well.



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what a great phone, it does fucking everything. I can even whipe my ass with it. I can do anything EXCEPT call a fucking person on it


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Hmmm, this test is a little skewed only because the time period they were testing was just before T-Mobile completed the HSPA network upgrade.

Takeaway:
- AT&T, the fastest (as of when the test was taken)

- T-Mobile, the most reliability. (lower frequency GSM = more range and penetration! But probably as fast as AT&T now that the HSPA upgrade is done)

- Sprint, middle of the road.

- Verizon, 2nd fastest but the worst reliability. (can you hear me now? hell no!)



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what a great phone, it does fucking everything. I can even whipe my ass with it. I can do anything EXCEPT call a fucking person on it

That sucks. I basically never have any calls drop.


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the dropped calls have decreased. It got to the point where i had to rock EDGE to make calls, and send txts. It is better now, but I still feel there is more to go.

Verizon is good, but there hardware restrictions really bother me, no true world support unless you go with BB


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Get the Droid with Verizon ... problem is solved. Fucka iPhone and fucka BB!!!

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Get the Droid with Verizon ... problem is solved. Fucka iPhone and fucka BB!!!

That is all!
The droid is a bastardized version of the Nexus One. But we won't get into that. It's half the phone that the iPhone and most good BB's are. Will it get better? Sure, in time, just don't know if the other big players are going to wait for it.


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