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Discussion in 'AT&T' started by steveu694, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. steveu694

    steveu694 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I live in Houston. LTE is everywhere here. I just switched from Sprint. I had the Evo and it was pretty fast. My galaxy s3 seems decent, but the 4g seems laggy sometimes. I thought it was the phone, so I went into a store and they all seem that way. WiFi is way faster than the 4g. Is this just the way it is or am I expecting too much from 4g?

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  2. james515

    james515 Well-Known Member

    does it happen all over Houston, or just in a few areas. inside the stores are really not going to get good 4G LTE reception. I have seen 4G LTE speeds up to 40mbps on a Galaxy S3, typical speeds were around 15 mbps, but it would hit near 40mpbs over on 59 south and Kirby near that Hooters. This was my
    co-workers phone.

    Downtown Houston will be very hit or miss, mostly on the miss side for LTE.
  3. steveu694

    steveu694 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    It's everywhere for me. Very slow. Sometimes pages won't load, etc. I wonder if I need to switch carriers....
  4. ardyer

    ardyer Android Enthusiast

    Call AT&T customer service (or go into a store). They may have put you on the wrong data plan or there may be some service issues.

    When I first got my S3, the NOVA cell towers were all suffering problems due to a recent thunderstorm. Something similar may be going on in Houston.
  5. steveu694

    steveu694 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I called and went to a store to compare my S3 with the others. They all are laggy. Giving it until the weekend to figure out what to do before I try out t-mobile or Verizon.
  6. TgeekB

    TgeekB Well-Known Member

    I don't live in Houston but, all I know is, when they turned on LTE in my home area (Western NY) speed increased x10. Not that regular 4G was slow, but now it is blazing fast.
  7. lennydude

    lennydude Android Expert

    I really think it is a fact that the AT&T network needs lots of help. If it works well in your area then great but it definitely has it's issues.
    At work i get 6 to 7 Mbps down and 20 miles away at home it drops to 3 to 4 Mbps down. Still very usable in my area at least. Best of the major carriers. BTW VZW sux bad in my area :(:(:(
  8. TgeekB

    TgeekB Well-Known Member

    Are we talking LTE?
  9. lennydude

    lennydude Android Expert

    No........no "LTE" in my area.........just HSPA+
  10. TgeekB

    TgeekB Well-Known Member

    Then that is not bad I would say.
  11. lennydude

    lennydude Android Expert

    I have a friend that is on the road a lot. He just sent me this screen shot. He said he was about 20 minutes north of Boston.
    He has a HOX...................
    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ??????????????

  12. TgeekB

    TgeekB Well-Known Member

    That is on LTE and amazingly fast! Nice.
  13. dean128

    dean128 Newbie

    I can't compare AT&T to Sprint, but I know that AT&T is slower in most places than Verizon. Verizon has more 4G LTE coverage. Can you double-check if your phone just says 4G in the Notification bar; or does it say 4G LTE? If it doesn't say 4G LTE, than it's not on LTE.

    I switched from Verizon to AT&T about 2 months ago because I wanted the Galaxy Note. I knew AT&T was slower because I compared my HTC Thunderbolt's (on Verizon) speed against a co-workers Galaxy Note (AT&T). His speed results were consistently 1.xx mbps. My Thunderbolt's speed results were consistently 6+ mbps (17 mbps max). The test were run in our in Irvine, CA office. But I wanted the Note, so I had to go with AT&T.

    When I was in the Detroit airport, my Galaxy Note was on 4G, not LTE. My phone was useless for web browsing. The web pages wouldn't even load. I couldn't even run a speed test!

    However, when the phone is on 4G around Orange County, CA (it's on 4G speed a lot), it's slow, but the web pages load most of the time. AT&T's 4G speed seems comparable to Verizon's 3G speed.

    I meet many people from all over the country - Kentucky, Indiana, Boston, Northern California, Minnesota, etc. Nobody has anything good to say about the AT&T network. They look at me like I was an idiot for switching to AT&T. (Everyone said Verizon's network has better coverage for voice and data). Yes, I didn't make a good decision because not only is AT&T's network lousy, the Note is the worst Android phone I have owned.

    I wish I never left Verizon.
  14. lennydude

    lennydude Android Expert

    I must say i have to agree with you! While riding around my area it becomes painfully obvious that the AT&T network is very bad. On one street i will have a full 6 to 7 MBPS down and 100 feet from there i can not even open a speed test.

    When AT&T works in my area, it blows VZW away but as time goes by i have become very upset with the AT&T network. Slower is better than "nothing".

    I am thinking really hard about switching back to VZW. They have the phone i have come to love and it would cost me roughly $60 more dollars per month...........yikes!

    Oh well, guess it depends on what i am willing to pay. AT&T does not have LTE in my area but VZW does.

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