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  1. GudsFortapelse's Avatar
    Hey guys, i have been testing for the past few days now using the Bandwidth app...and like everyone else i have been getting terrible results, that is, until today. Earlier today (between 12pm-1pm) i ran a test on the AT&T network with Wi-Fi off (wasn't near anywhere to connect to anyways)...and the results were interesting. I ran the test using the 17MB file, and the first couple of seconds went very slow, averaging a little under 1MBPS...but then it suddenly jumped to 9MBPS, and then (but wait, there's more), for a split-second it jumped to over 15MBPS (almost 16). I was shocked, and by the time it completed downloading, it finished at just unver 7MBPS...upload speeds finished at a little over 3MBPS.

    I don't know or think this will put any suspicions to rest, but i wanted to share this with you guys to let you know that someone, somewhere, SOMEHOW has managed to retrieve a what i would call, descent bandwidth speed. Was this a fluke? Has anyone else come close to receiving these kind of speeds over the AT&T network?

    For the record, i have also been using the Free Speed Test app as well, but that app doesn't seem to be a consistent as the Bandwidth app. Also, if anyone can recommend another app to try (preferably free), i will gladly give that a try too.

    Sorry everyone, i confused this with a previous test result. Actual results of this were 8.36Mbps down / 0.32Mbps up (when finished)...but the 15+Mbps spike is true to this test, I couldn't forget something like that, lol.
    Last edited by GudsFortapelse; 12-08-2011 at 09:38 PM. Reason: Confused test results
    12-08-2011 09:30 PM
  2. HeyCori's Avatar
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    12-08-2011 11:10 PM
  3. jenashley's Avatar
    ROFL @ Figure 8 Dash

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    12-08-2011 11:16 PM
  4. kevm14's Avatar
    3/5 bars is only good for under 1.5Mbps? I don't buy that for a second. I'm disappointed they were unable to bite on the HSPA category question, as well. WTF is 4Gbps? The backhaul from the tower??
    12-09-2011 08:19 AM
  5. MannLou's Avatar
    Hey guys, i have been testing for the past few days now using the Bandwidth app...and like everyone else i have been getting terrible results, that is, until today. Earlier today (between 12pm-1pm) i ran a test on the AT&T network with Wi-Fi off (wasn't near anywhere to connect to anyways)...and the results were interesting. I ran the test using the 17MB file, and the first couple of seconds went very slow, averaging a little under 1MBPS...but then it suddenly jumped to 9MBPS, and then (but wait, there's more), for a split-second it jumped to over 15MBPS (almost 16). I was shocked, and by the time it completed downloading, it finished at just unver 7MBPS...upload speeds finished at a little over 3MBPS.

    I don't know or think this will put any suspicions to rest, but i wanted to share this with you guys to let you know that someone, somewhere, SOMEHOW has managed to retrieve a what i would call, descent bandwidth speed. Was this a fluke? Has anyone else come close to receiving these kind of speeds over the AT&T network?

    For the record, i have also been using the Free Speed Test app as well, but that app doesn't seem to be a consistent as the Bandwidth app. Also, if anyone can recommend another app to try (preferably free), i will gladly give that a try too.

    Sorry everyone, i confused this with a previous test result. Actual results of this were 8.36Mbps down / 0.32Mbps up (when finished)...but the 15+Mbps spike is true to this test, I couldn't forget something like that, lol.

    I did something similar the other day and I noticed that the larger the file I tested the faster the rates were. My personal theory is that AT&T throttles up the bandwidth depending on the size of the file transmitted - or it's another fluke. Overall I really don't feel it's horribly slow or anything but I know, as well as all of you, that these rates can be faster.
    12-09-2011 11:57 AM
  6. power5's Avatar
    I am getting 1.5 today using the bandwidth app and the 1mb on dslreports site. 3 bars
    12-09-2011 01:20 PM
  7. Rocket_Girl's Avatar
    "Me: I'm going to go drink now."



    Best Part.
    I'll drink to that.
    12-09-2011 01:27 PM
  8. GudsFortapelse's Avatar
    I did something similar the other day and I noticed that the larger the file I tested the faster the rates were. My personal theory is that AT&T throttles up the bandwidth depending on the size of the file transmitted - or it's another fluke. Overall I really don't feel it's horribly slow or anything but I know, as well as all of you, that these rates can be faster.
    I'm starting to believe the same theory...i just hate that no matter how I access YouTube, whether it be an app (MetroTube, SuperTube) or using the mobile website, I always get buffering unless I'm on WiFi.



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    12-09-2011 01:32 PM
  9. kevm14's Avatar
    I did something similar the other day and I noticed that the larger the file I tested the faster the rates were. My personal theory is that AT&T throttles up the bandwidth depending on the size of the file transmitted - or it's another fluke. Overall I really don't feel it's horribly slow or anything but I know, as well as all of you, that these rates can be faster.
    That would make no sense. If anything, they'd give you really fast quick speeds so small transfers would be short. But if it's a long download, then they'll throttle it. That's not unlike cable modem burst speeds (I forget what they call it...speedboost?).
    12-09-2011 01:43 PM
  10. HeyCori's Avatar
    Randomly decided to run a test a few minutes ago.

    11pm here on Sunday

    "4G" with four bars
    1st - 4.69 down / 0.91 up
    2nd - 4.44 down / 0.89 up

    Wifi
    1st 3.7 down / .64 up (only had one bar)
    2nd 9.53 down / 2.52 up (peaked around 15)

    This is late night Sunday so it's unlikely there are a lot of people using their phone. I think this only shows how clogged AT&T's network can be if during the day I get around 1-2Mbps and at night I get around 4Mbps.
    12-11-2011 10:59 PM
  11. Blacklac's Avatar
    Funny, I usually get 1.75-2.3Mbps down, sometimes I get around 3Mbps around midnight to like 2am. I just tested and got 4.6Mbps down. Easily my highest ever. Lol. So inconsistent. My uploads are consistently .75-1Mbps though.
    Last edited by Blacklac; 12-12-2011 at 12:25 AM.
    12-12-2011 12:20 AM
  12. JBenn911's Avatar
    Bring this one back up...tested mine several times, average about 4.3 down with 5 bars.. confirmed with AT&T tech that our local site is the HSPA+ w/enhanced backhaul! Took an iPhone 4s, Galaxy Skyrocket, and my phone to a clear spot with no wavering of signal, and WOW..iPhone averaged 10.2 down, the Galaxy was averaging 8.5 down, my phone..same 4.3-4.5....something is surely up....when i call about my broken camera button, I will ask about the speed throttling
    12-15-2011 09:19 AM
  13. MannLou's Avatar
    All I know is my numbers got slightly better as I bumped up the size of the file I tested. It's what I experienced over our "3.5G" and my Comcast Wifi. Its all still rubbish compared to what we were expecting.
    12-15-2011 11:53 AM
  14. kevm14's Avatar
    It still seems possible that the phone is firmware limited to category 8 HSPA+ based on these results. But I don't think the HSPA category would affect signal strength or some of the no-data-but-there-are-bars issues people are having.
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    12-15-2011 02:19 PM
  15. DKDogz54's Avatar
    So are there reports of titans that don't have this network speed limitation? Because my gfs Samsung focus s consistently gets over 3mbps while I am under 1mbps most of the time, and its sad considering that she hardly uses data on a 200mb plan while I have an unlimited data plan that I use a lot. I'm thinking about going to a store tomorrow and doing an exchange for another titan over there, hoping its only a select number of phones with this problem...
    12-16-2011 12:14 AM
  16. Blacklac's Avatar
    Has anyone went into an ATT store and just ran speedtests on all the phones to compare?
    12-16-2011 12:52 PM
  17. raisedinthe956's Avatar
    I'm sure SF has at least 4G coverage and at most, I've recorded 3.34down and 0.74up...very disappointing.
    12-16-2011 05:21 PM
  18. Lancelot Software's Avatar
    I just ran a side by side wi-fi test with the Titan and my laptop. the bottom result on the right is mine

    12-21-2011 09:46 PM
  19. kevm14's Avatar
    Probably not the best thread for that.
    12-21-2011 10:05 PM
  20. palandri's Avatar
    Has anyone went into an ATT store and just ran speedtests on all the phones to compare?
    I think they have microcells in the AT&T stores.
    12-21-2011 10:19 PM
  21. Kdawg1989's Avatar
    I am confident att is limiting windows phones I have a titan a focus s and a vivid and if I speedtest them all side by side neither of the windows phones ever hit over 3mbps usually they are between 1.5 and 1.8 mbps. However the vivid which is an android phone can consistently pull 6-7 mbps right next to the windows phones. And although the vivid is an LTE device I live no where near where LTE is available.

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    12-22-2011 02:14 AM
  22. gtg465x's Avatar
    I am confident att is limiting windows phones I have a titan a focus s and a vivid and if I speedtest them all side by side neither of the windows phones ever hit over 3mbps usually they are between 1.5 and 1.8 mbps. However the vivid which is an android phone can consistently pull 6-7 mbps right next to the windows phones. And although the vivid is an LTE device I live no where near where LTE is available.

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    Yep, I too own a couple Android phones and am confident Windows Phones are being limited. My HSPA+ Android phones destroy HSPA+ Windows Phones on AT&T. I still love Windows Phone though. It's not Microsoft's fault. It's AT&T's fault for requesting this limitation and it's the OEM's (HTC, Samsung, etc.) fault for complying, though AT&T might have threatened not selling the phones at all if this limitation wasn't in place. This won't be fixed until we have enough well informed users to be heard.
    12-22-2011 03:27 AM
  23. 1Rahtid's Avatar
    I live about a mile from an AT&T tower that was installed about four months ago. Prior to the tower, at home I mostly got one bar on my iPhone 3GS and a lot of dropped calls. After the new tower, I got full bars on the iPhone. With my new Focus S I also get full bars at all times. Using the Bandwidth app on the Focus S, whether from home or elsewhere within a 3 mile radius of the new tower, I'm consistently getting between 1 and 2 Mbps download speed. The AT&T coverage map shows my area as 4G covered, and living just a mile from the tower I'm both surprised and disappointed by the slow speed indicated by the Bandwidth app. Notwithstanding that, the web browsing experience on the Focus S is many times faster than what I got on the iPhone. This zippy web experience causes me to mostly forget the crappy download speed that the bandwidth app indicates.
    12-22-2011 06:10 AM
  24. Kdawg1989's Avatar
    Yeah the snappy browser helps for sure I mainly notice it when I am streaming music and it has to stop and buffer.

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    12-22-2011 09:51 AM
  25. dare1015's Avatar
    I think something is going on, my Pre3 (which was never actually released) gets 4-7mb down. On my Titan I only get 800k-3mb tops. :(
    12-22-2011 02:34 PM
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