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Old April 14th, 2012, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is what I have been getting for the past month since I first activated my phone

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Mine are awful with the iPhone. This is actually good, its usually around 400kbps I never had speeds this bad with my Android phones. Picked up a Droid Razr Maxx on Verizon and few days ago. Check out the speed on that! I never even came close to those speeds with Sprint's 4G. Not to mention that Wimax was such a battery hog, phone would be dead in 4 hours if I kept it on. The Maxx runs on 4G forever, battery is excellent. I can also get signal with Verizon in places I couldn't with Sprint. About to sell my iPhone and leave Sprint to be honest.
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That's because it has a stock battery sitting at like 3000+ mah. Obviously, it would last longer. LTE is just as much of a battery hog as WiMAX. Both are extremely poor in terms of battery efficiency. As for the LTE speeds, they are good numbers. That's about what Sprint's LTE should be running at once it goes live, but likely 15/5.
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My 3g speeds in San Diego are abysmal. I get on average around 70-160kb down and like 35kb up. WiMax (in like... two 5 block areas of ALL san diego near me) is like... 800kb down and 140kb up.

Still extremely poor. Lately it's been getting even worse... tried to find the closest wal-mart on google maps, after 2 minutes had gone by while it was still trying to connect and search (had 4 bars. >.>), we gave up and used my friends Droid 2. I love my Evo 3D, but shiza. If I can't USE the thing because I've got a crippled, crawling connection, what's the point? A month straight of this so far, and it's been hit and miss over the past 4 months. I swear I've never had so many problems with Sprint's service.
It has me SERIOUSLY tempted to look elsewhere. I looked at Verizon... but my monthly bill to have what I have now (excluding data... >.>) will just under double from $80-ish/mo to $130. Not sure if I'm either willing to do that, or just deal with having crippled internet on my phone.
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My 3g speeds in San Diego are abysmal. I get on average around 70-160kb down and like 35kb up. WiMax (in like... two 5 block areas of ALL san diego near me) is like... 800kb down and 140kb up.

Still extremely poor. Lately it's been getting even worse... tried to find the closest wal-mart on google maps, after 2 minutes had gone by while it was still trying to connect and search (had 4 bars. >.>), we gave up and used my friends Droid 2. I love my Evo 3D, but shiza. If I can't USE the thing because I've got a crippled, crawling connection, what's the point? A month straight of this so far, and it's been hit and miss over the past 4 months. I swear I've never had so many problems with Sprint's service.
It has me SERIOUSLY tempted to look elsewhere. I looked at Verizon... but my monthly bill to have what I have now (excluding data... >.>) will just under double from $80-ish/mo to $130. Not sure if I'm either willing to do that, or just deal with having crippled internet on my phone.
Yea, it is a shame data speeds have gotten so slow for some of us. It can definitely be frustrating. From what I see at s4gru.com, Sprints Network Vision upgrades are going to be like a whole new network. Well, I guess thats because it is going to be a whole new network. By the end of the year, a good portion will have major upgrades done... if you can wait till the end of the year. lol
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not sure if this was affected by all the aircraft here at the airport, but this is
my typical speeds here at Midway Airport...

I'm hoping that speeds increase with NV or I'll bite the bullet and switch to At&t, I won't go back to Verizon after I had such a horrible Customer experience with them..
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not sure if this was affected by all the aircraft here at the airport, but this is
my typical speeds here at Midway Airport...

I'm hoping that speeds increase with NV or I'll bite the bullet and switch to At&t, I won't go back to Verizon after I had such a horrible Customer experience with them..
The speeds will and should increase once NV towers go active in your region.
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The speeds will and should increase once NV towers go active in your region.
Yeah I know they should, but I'm just saying some days this is ridiculous, I think the thing that pisses me off the most is when I go roaming in certain areas of my house...as you said in the NV thread if NV fails they're done, because I know I won't stick around if service doesn't improve by next Feb when my contract is up...I'll take my $$$ someplace else
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The speeds will and should increase once NV towers go active in your region.
Is the iPhone 4s evdo rev b compatible
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Not sure. I don't really dabble in iOS land. You should check out the specs and see what frequencies they run on.
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Even if it its, Sprint is not doing evdo rev b. Sprint will upgraded to Evdo-advanced, 1x-Advanced, and LTE.
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I may have less to complain about. Just now I got 1738kbps down and 462kbps up on 3g here in Oakland, CA. Since 4/14/2012 I've seen download speeds consistently 1400kbps or better. Before that I was lucky to get 500kbps. Maybe they've upgraded a tower or two around here recently. Now they justneed to improve 3g in Berkeley, CA where I work and I'll be set. :-)
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I read that they where going rev b with NV i read it on sprints web site
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I've never heard that. If you have a link, I'd like to see it. I've heard rev. B was being considered, but it never went through. I follow Sprints network upgrades pretty closely.. and, like I said, Sprints Network Vision upgrades, include EVDO (rev. A)-Advanced, 1x-Advanced, and LTE. (LTE-Advanced is expected, down the road.)
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Crap! I spoke too soon. Now I'm getting 209ms ping 227kbps down and 492kbps up.

Just when I was starting to be a Sprint cheerleader I'm proven wrong again. Sprint, when are you going to ever get it? Network Vision better fix this or I'm gone. I've shown over 13 years of loyalty. Now my patience is running thin. Grrrrrrrrrrr!
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Crap! I spoke too soon. Now I'm getting 209ms ping 227kbps down and 492kbps up.

Just when I was starting to be a Sprint cheerleader I'm proven wrong again. Sprint, when are you going to ever get it? Network Vision better fix this or I'm gone. I've shown over 13 years of loyalty. Now my patience is running thin. Grrrrrrrrrrr!
Yea, we all know... calm yourself.. relax.

Network Vision is looking good. Here are some recently submitted speed tests on on one of the new towers (from a s4gru member).

Getting about 1.5 down during on-peak times and 2.5 down at off-peak times via Sprint 3G. And, given its infancy, I'm sure further testing/engineering will only improve these numbers.

New Network Vision Photos and Performance Info from a new site in Beverly, Massachusetts - Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
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I've never heard that. If you have a link, I'd like to see it. I've heard rev. B was being considered, but it never went through. I follow Sprints network upgrades pretty closely.. and, like I said, Sprints Network Vision upgrades, include EVDO (rev. A)-Advanced, 1x-Advanced, and LTE. (LTE-Advanced is expected, down the road.)
I don't know how to post a link but I googled sprint network and it was the first one. There is also a video talking about that's how I knew what it was and sprint might be getting it or should be getting it
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On this Sprint's site: https://network.sprint.com/
In my area, for my closest tower, it says:
- Last 6 months: 1 data speed upgrade
- Next 6 months: 1 voice upgrade

My question is: do the above statements reflect the Network Vision (NV) upgrades?

In fact my data speeds have slowed in the last few months. I'm depending on the NV upgrade to improve 3G data speeds.
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On this Sprint's site: https://network.sprint.com/
In my area, for my closest tower, it says:
- Last 6 months: 1 data speed upgrade
- Next 6 months: 1 voice upgrade

My question is: do the above statements reflect the Network Vision (NV) upgrades?

In fact my data speeds have slowed in the last few months. I'm depending on the NV upgrade to improve 3G data speeds.
Nope, those do Not reflect Network Vision at all. That site reflects temporary improvements only designed to help out until Network Vision is deployed. When Network Vision arrives, there will be significant improvements.
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Ok, so today here in Berkeley, CA I'm getting a pathetic 92kbps down and Speedtest doesn't register anything for up. That's with a 805ms ping. Really????!!! Perhaps there is a tower down? This is worse than normal (and normal is bad).

To all of those who are suggesting patience I've been living with these sucky 3G speeds for at least 8 months in the Bay Area. I get occasional relief where I have blips of acceptable speeds. But most of the time, it's bad.
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Ok, so today here in Berkeley, CA I'm getting a pathetic 92kbps down
yes, we are all well aware. (you've repeated this numerous times). no need to re-post continually. Network Vision is on the way. If that doesn't work, then adios. But, please, don't flood the threads with the same post! I have posted the future of Network Vision above, if that does not give you hope, then move on.
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In Tampa, FL I get around 2.5Mbps dl on 3G and 10-13Mbps on WiMax
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I've never heard that. If you have a link, I'd like to see it. I've heard rev. B was being considered, but it never went through. I follow Sprints network upgrades pretty closely.. and, like I said, Sprints Network Vision upgrades, include EVDO (rev. A)-Advanced, 1x-Advanced, and LTE. (LTE-Advanced is expected, down the road.)
[URL][http://www.gizmofusion.com/2011/09/sprint-vision-network-enhancements-evdo-rev-b-1x-advanced-much-faster-3g-speeds-on-the-way//URL]this is where I found the rev b stuff
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In Waukesha, WI (near Milwaukee)...a local Sprint store manager said I should be happy with 0.30Mbps. It is common for me to get .05-.15Mbps. We NEVER got WiMax in our area.

A lot of the Sprint nuthuggers here would definitely be singing another tune if they received those type of data speeds along with the poor reception for calls.

I would switch to Verizon after my contract expires but their customer service is as bad as AOL's was back in the dialup days. I'd pay for their better service if I could trust them not to screw me over. My wife unsuccessfully tried to activate an Apple iPhone4S on their network. She returned it the next day and stayed with Sprint. I've been fighting with Verizon for over four months to get the ETF and activation fee waived. Verizon apparently doesn't like following the law.

I had good service with AT&T before the smartphone boom. They are very expensive so I will take a hard look at US Cellular before making a final decision. Perhaps Sprint can get their shit together before then but I don't have much faith for them paying much attention to Wisconsin. Time will tell.
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I rarely get more than 150k down, and about 75k up. For the past week though, I have been averaging 85k down, but 300k up. Weird. Can't wait for the actual upgrades so I can have usable Internet.
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In Waukesha, WI (near Milwaukee)...a local Sprint store manager said I should be happy with 0.30Mbps. It is common for me to get .05-.15Mbps. We NEVER got WiMax in our area.

A lot of the Sprint nuthuggers here would definitely be singing another tune if they received those type of data speeds along with the poor reception for calls.

I would switch to Verizon after my contract expires but their customer service is as bad as AOL's was back in the dialup days. I'd pay for their better service if I could trust them not to screw me over. My wife unsuccessfully tried to activate an Apple iPhone4S on their network. She returned it the next day and stayed with Sprint. I've been fighting with Verizon for over four months to get the ETF and activation fee waived. Verizon apparently doesn't like following the law.

I had good service with AT&T before the smartphone boom. They are very expensive so I will take a hard look at US Cellular before making a final decision. Perhaps Sprint can get their shit together before then but I don't have much faith for them paying much attention to Wisconsin. Time will tell.
I would imagine that Milwaukee would see some love, but it might take a little bit longer for the outskirts areas to. Hopefully, Sprint works out some roaming deals with the local LTE ISPs.
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I love sprint so far best choice I mad was switching to the iPhone 4s with sprint. Good luck to thoughs of you who are having slow speeds but it should get better you can only go down so far until you bounce back up NV is on its ways and if you are having problems at home tell them you want an airwave its help my speeds out a lot I think when I'm at home there free too
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I love sprint so far best choice I mad was switching to the iPhone 4s with sprint. Good luck to thoughs of you who are having slow speeds but it should get better you can only go down so far until you bounce back up NV is on its ways and if you are having problems at home tell them you want an airwave its help my speeds out a lot I think when I'm at home there free too
Sprint gave me a free Airave. It helped for a week and then stopped text messages from being sent out on my Samsung Epic 4G. Eight months later, Airave support still hasn't resolved that issue so I have to leave it turned off.

With that said, Sprint customer service is mostly friendly and try to help if they can.
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Sprint gave me a free Airave. It helped for a week and then stopped text messages from being sent out on my Samsung Epic 4G. Eight months later, Airave support still hasn't resolved that issue so I have to leave it turned off.

With that said, Sprint customer service is mostly friendly and try to help if they can.
Yea they are very friendly and I opened my mouth to soon my airwave is making my voice way way bad horrible but it's because of my home Internet is through bright House and is absolutely shitty I've never had such horrible service in my life bright house is horrible I am going to unplugs if from my router and see what happens
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seriously? That's what drove mt to get Verizon. 3G speeds on the iPhone here are truly pathetic. I was lucky to get 500kbps down judging from the hundreds of pages with people who have the 4s complaining about its speeds on Sprints forum, guess I was not alone. The WiMAX speeds were decent but my phone would be dead in like 6 hours running a constant 4G signal. Switching to Verizon and getting the Razr Maxx has been the best move for me. Double the speeds and like 5 times the battery life. Hopefully Sprint gets their crap together with the new network cause unlimited data was nice,
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seriously? That's what drove mt to get Verizon. 3G speeds on the iPhone here are truly pathetic. I was lucky to get 500kbps down judging from the hundreds of pages with people who have the 4s complaining about its speeds on Sprints forum, guess I was not alone. The WiMAX speeds were decent but my phone would be dead in like 6 hours running a constant 4G signal. Switching to Verizon and getting the Razr Maxx has been the best move for me. Double the speeds and like 5 times the battery life. Hopefully Sprint gets their crap together with the new network cause unlimited data was nice,
based on his speeds above, I bet he's pretty serious.
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seriously? That's what drove mt to get Verizon. 3G speeds on the iPhone here are truly pathetic. I was lucky to get 500kbps down judging from the hundreds of pages with people who have the 4s complaining about its speeds on Sprints forum, guess I was not alone. The WiMAX speeds were decent but my phone would be dead in like 6 hours running a constant 4G signal. Switching to Verizon and getting the Razr Maxx has been the best move for me. Double the speeds and like 5 times the battery life. Hopefully Sprint gets their crap together with the new network cause unlimited data was nice,
With Sprint, I was lucky to get half of your 500kbps. It was truly terrible. When I was actually able to connect to 4G, it would never top 2 Mb/s. Obviously the Maxx is gonna get crazy good battery life, but the speeds are ridiculously better, even 3G. I routinely get 10-15 MB/s on 4G easily.

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In Waukesha, WI (near Milwaukee)...a local Sprint store manager said I should be happy with 0.30Mbps. It is common for me to get .05-.15Mbps. We NEVER got WiMax in our area.

A lot of the Sprint nuthuggers here would definitely be singing another tune if they received those type of data speeds along with the poor reception for calls.

I would switch to Verizon after my contract expires but their customer service is as bad as AOL's was back in the dialup days. I'd pay for their better service if I could trust them not to screw me over. My wife unsuccessfully tried to activate an Apple iPhone4S on their network. She returned it the next day and stayed with Sprint. I've been fighting with Verizon for over four months to get the ETF and activation fee waived. Verizon apparently doesn't like following the law.
I personally got tired of Sprint's horrible data speeds. Sure Network Vision is coming, but I'm not gonna wait 6-12 months. I ETF'd my contract with Sprint and jumped to Verizon. It's $10-15 more a month, but I'll gladly pay it for good 3G speeds and fantastic 4G.
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Since I don't do Speed Tests, I really cannot comment on the speeds per say, but I have noticed that recently the 3G has gotten spotty. I have a HTC EVO for personal and a Blackberry 9930 (that I also pay for) for work, and I have noticed at times, even with full bars in 3G, I have had my phone browser freeze.

Oddly enough, when I can connect to 4G it seems to work well.

My personal guess, as others have mentioned, is that the spotty service is due to the Network Vision upgrade.

While I am not one of those that have to have fast data speeds, I do agree that having your browser freeze or worse, phone freeze, that is frustrating.

Like others have said, I hope that things get better with the Network Vision upgrades.
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Sprint gave me a free Airave. It helped for a week and then stopped text messages from being sent out on my Samsung Epic 4G. Eight months later, Airave support still hasn't resolved that issue so I have to leave it turned off.

With that said, Sprint customer service is mostly friendly and try to help if they can.
Just so you know, there is a new Airave out that you can call up and swap out with the older version. Just tell them that you are having some technical difficulties with the current model.

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Since I don't do Speed Tests, I really cannot comment on the speeds per say, but I have noticed that recently the 3G has gotten spotty. I have a HTC EVO for personal and a Blackberry 9930 (that I also pay for) for work, and I have noticed at times, even with full bars in 3G, I have had my phone browser freeze.

Oddly enough, when I can connect to 4G it seems to work well.

My personal guess, as others have mentioned, is that the spotty service is due to the Network Vision upgrade.

While I am not one of those that have to have fast data speeds, I do agree that having your browser freeze or worse, phone freeze, that is frustrating.

Like others have said, I hope that things get better with the Network Vision upgrades.
Are you saying the application froze? If so, that has nothing to do with Sprint's network and everything to do with the phone/application being used.
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Mostly it is the browser that the page stops loading on, but I have had other problems, like trying to refresh the Phandroid app on a thread and had it stop on a blank white screen
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Where do you get these speeds in Oakland? Is Oakland the exception to the rest of the bay Area? Even Silly Valley has crappy speeds.

I live in SF and literally within 1/4 mile of 2 towers (which Sprint finally admitted are overloaded and are being "updated"). Meanwhile no matter where I am in SF and even in San Mateo, for the past 6 months I rarely get above 1 MB down and of course with the Galaxy, you get the lovely "sudden- Loss of Signal." Although my wife's Optimus gets a stronger signal, she too has had slow data in the past 6 months no matter where she goes. he same can be said for almost everyone I know on Sprint.

I think that anyone like me who has been a 10+ yr loyal Sprint customer should do what I have been doing lately- call and report the issue and get a ticket #. Also file complaints with the BBB and FCC. Most importantly, ensure that they keep your ticket "OPEN" until you get better speeds.

I am now in touch with my 3rd manager in the "Employees Helping Customers" group and even though I am sick of spelling it out to them, the bottom line is that Sprint is in financial trouble and is loosing customers left and right . Charging people an extra $10.00 (which they initially said was for the 4G that barely anyone can get even now(cannot stay connected anywhere in the bay Area for more than 5 minutes) is just plain WRONG when they know their network sucks now. I am basically refusing to pay the extra $10.00/month until they (A) swap out my 4th defective Galaxy S2 or trade me into a similar phone. Problem is that there aren't any Sprint phones as great as the Galaxy 2. The new LTE phones - Nexus, HTC - both have certain drawbacks, such as non-removable batteries or upgradable storage.

The Mobile industry in the US seriously needs some laws and regulations to protect consumers. I know some people would say "just pay the ETF and move to another provider." First, I would NEVER and either should anyone, pay an ETF when you have legitimate issues. i worked for law firms and I can tell you that if you do decide to port your number from any provider for legitimate reasons, DO NOT pay the ETF. When they call you from collection agencies, ask them nicely to never call you. if they call again, file an online complaint with the various Gov't agencies. They will stop calling.

Although i rarely reach even 1 GB of data/month, I still do not want the bill shock that most people get on ATT and especially VZ 4G when they go over. Also, data should be unlimite when most free apps use your data for advertising. Also, text messages should be unlimited on every carrier as well, like they used to be.

All I want is for Sprint to actually "value" their customers and accept that we consumers should NOT be forced to pay more right now, (no matter how they all follow the same BS lines about "Premium Data."while they spend the next 2 yrs upgrading.

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I may have less to complain about. Just now I got 1738kbps down and 462kbps up on 3g here in Oakland, CA. Since 4/14/2012 I've seen download speeds consistently 1400kbps or better. Before that I was lucky to get 500kbps. Maybe they've upgraded a tower or two around here recently. Now they justneed to improve 3g in Berkeley, CA where I work and I'll be set. :-)
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Mostly it is the browser that the page stops loading on, but I have had other problems, like trying to refresh the Phandroid app on a thread and had it stop on a blank white screen
What browser are you using?
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What browser are you using?

Sometimes the stock browser....other times Netsky....and other times Mini Boat Browser

It is just at times I have noticed pages stop loading on occasion when I am running 3G
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Sometimes the stock browser....other times Netsky....and other times Mini Boat Browser

It is just at times I have noticed pages stop loading on occasion when I am running 3G
Stock browser sucks. Try out Dolphin HD or Opera Mini.
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