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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by danielkogan, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. danielkogan

    danielkogan Member
    Thread Starter

    Anyone bothered by the down/up speed Atrix 4g is posting? 1.5mbps is taking us back in time! Why would the iPhone at the same location get 2 to 3 mbps but the BRAND NEW Atrix 4g only get 1.5? Every review has this slow time.

    Imagine, getting the phone and trying to watch Youtube with 1.5? Useless! I know, someone will say that ATT will upgrade and back haul their network. When, any guarantees on that info?

    I just know this will happen: I buy the phone, wait for this damn upgrade and Sept comes around and I'm still browsing the web at 1.5 mbps. I hate you ATT!

    This doesn't worry anyone?

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  2. skinien

    skinien Android Enthusiast

    Well, the phone is great but the network sucks. Wasn't that one of the biggest complaints with the iPhone.

    Let me rephrase: Their 4G network sucks. Calling their network 4G is a complete joke.
  3. thabends

    thabends Member

    1.5 in new york city? Doesn't bother me.
  4. Jp77

    Jp77 Member

    Im still interested. Curious if AT&T is opening themselves up to a class action suit if they cannot provide the speeds they are advertising. I guess we will have to see if this whole backhaul nonsense is true.
  5. 2005CTS

    2005CTS Member

    Different markets have different capacities. Here in Texas - they have a pretty good network...especially in San Antonio where their world headquarters used to be up until last year. AT&T has three times the number of towers in the metro/urban area than Verizon...which I have been on for the last three years. Verizon's data speeds absolutely suck in San Antonio.
  6. thabends

    thabends Member

    It's the same where I live. Verizon is crap here and AT&T is great. People don't seem to understand that all of these reviews come out of New York or San Francisco.
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  7. KoukiFC3S

    KoukiFC3S Android Expert

    Their 4G isn't ready. I'm sure they'll hit speeds comparable to Tmobile, so that's plenty fast for me.
  8. dsjr2006

    dsjr2006 Android Enthusiast

    I already get 3-5 Mbps on my iPhone 4 so I know the network is capable of much better than what they're getting.
  9. Jp77

    Jp77 Member

    Im in NJ and AT&T has been fine. The only time Ive ever had trouble is in NYC.
  10. Willy Willy

    Willy Willy Well-Known Member

    Why would this bother anyone?
    A. You won't get worse than your current 3G phone
    B. It will be fast within the year (hope sooner rather than later since they are selling a product I Wouk imagine it is around the corner)
    C. It will still be a top tier phone when b happens
  11. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert

    these threads are pointless when this is the case. tired of seeing them now
  12. dwd3885

    dwd3885 Well-Known Member

    I think the speedtest.net app is a dog on android and i only use XtremeLabs speed test app.
  13. Left Coast DJ

    Left Coast DJ Android Enthusiast

    Almost every review is now mentioning the bad 4G speeds on the Atrix. Is this a case of a bad modem/radio design on the Atrix or bad AT&T HSPA+ ?
  14. rad204

    rad204 Newbie

    i think this needs to get stickied or something

  15. IrrelevantD

    IrrelevantD Newbie

    My money is on incomplete rollout of AT&Ts HSPA+ network. I'd like to see the testers disable 4G and test again (assuming you can disable 4G and/or 3G on the Atrix).
  16. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert

    LOL...This was my original fear! There is a saying, A phone is only as good as the network it runs on. Anyone that says different is just kidding themselves. The reality is this, nobody will be able to compete with Vzw's LTE this year, and T-Mobile will top everyone in the next 2 years with speed. at&t is a joke by even saying the Atrix is 4G, they haven't even been able to get 3G perfected and grown, so what ground can they stand on by saying they're now a 4G network? Straight Foolery...
  17. champ10

    champ10 Newbie

    And they still gave it a 9/10
  18. aztooh

    aztooh Well-Known Member

    As the poster below you said, it was still given a 9/10. Download speeds/call quality are "only as good as the network", the phone itself is fantastic. All the reviews, except one (that I've seen), said the call quality was great as well. And the phone is very snappy and responsive.

    With everything else as good as it is with this phone, download speeds aren't a deal breaker for me. And AT&T admits the backhaul is not complete...although these speeds were seen with the H+ displayed.
  19. samven582

    samven582 Member

  20. WarningSLO

    WarningSLO Newbie

    That blog is nothing but opinion. I'm going to wait to hear something official from AT&T about their backhaul progress before I come to any final conclusions.
  21. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert

    Your last quote (although these speeds were seen with the H+ displayed) says it all! at&t is running around like chickens without heads right now, you have to figure they are in emergency mode!

    They just lost the exclusive on the iphone, they are not viewed from the public as a relieable provider, dropped calls, shotty data speeds, brash customer service, etc. And to boot. they wanted nothing to do with Android not even 6 months ago. Now they come in with they're new 4G network? No way, I'm not buying into it until I see some real deal proof! Which to be honest will not come until the public gets they're hands on it. I always said that the phone looks and sounds amazing Spec wise! However, it has to be tested in real world conditions, by real world people to really get a pulse on how good the device is, and even more important, how improved the network is with this new 4G in place.
  22. danielkogan

    danielkogan Member
    Thread Starter

    Yea, leaving Sprint I get to make some decisions and the more I think about it the more I'm convinced I should either go with LTE (Prices are high but the speed is unreal in testing 15mbps) or T-mobile... I had the Nexus one and it was at 6mbps last year!!!

    I think I may have to either wait for ATT proof or just jump to a carrier that has proof already. Last thing I want to do is close myself into their trap.

    It's too bad, Atrix is one sweet phone! Samsung S2 is looking better and better.
  23. aztooh

    aztooh Well-Known Member

    I agree that things are not going smoothly with them at the moment. But the data speeds are just part of the equation with this phone. If every review out there was saying they couldn't hold a phone call with it, I'd be worried.

    The hardware is nice and the guts perform well. I get much better service with ATT than I ever did with VZW (data and voice...not a bash on any carrier, ATT has just been better for ME where I live). I can deal with the same data speeds I'm currently experiencing on my iPhone 3g to have a phone that performs light years better in every other facet of operations.

    And it's not like they're going all Sprint on me, charging an extra $10 per month for "4g" coverage that doesn't exist in areas.
  24. dsjr2006

    dsjr2006 Android Enthusiast

    I've been told that HSPA+ is ready, but won't be active on most sites until March 1st.
  25. Willy Willy

    Willy Willy Well-Known Member

    Where is the march 1 date coming from I can't find that anywhere?

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