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  1. Madbat

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    Is anyone else getting horrible data speed? I'm in the New Orleans area and during the day my data is so slow I can't even check my email. When I wake up in the the morning, (5 a.m.) super speed. Over 2.5 MB per second. Around 9 a.m. its so slow it barely connects. I can barely open the play store, forget about updating or downloading an app. Its starting to get really annoying. Between 9 am and maybe 11 pm my phone is useless as an internet device. Its been about 2 weeks now, just wondering if anyone else is having this problem.
    I've tried unrooting and going stock, rooting, custom ROM all the same so I don't think it's my phone but who knows. Just thought I would ask my fellow Victorians (or anyone else on virgin/Sprint's 4g network) if its just me or does it seem to be a network-wide problem. I think its network because it the same time every day. :thinking:
     

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    I'm not on Virgin, but it sounds more to me like an area problem. Any time there's heavy usage, the data speed can drop to virtually nothing. Two weeks would make it from the week before Christmas to now - a pretty heavy demand time (not like Mother's Day, but still pretty heavy).
     
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    I figured it was demand because its during peak hours, its just never been this bad. It is literally useless during the day. Just wondering if its all of Sprint's network or just my area. I would go back to metro pcs but they block tethering now. I don't use it much but when I do its important.
     
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    For me the service has always been horrible (3G). I am lucky if I get a 0.02mb connection. This is on 3g network, even with other phones I've had its terrible. Now this phone has 4g so I know at least when I am 4g I have usable internet but when I look at my phone and it is on 3g, I don't even consider myself as having internet.
     
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    It must be because of the holiday (I hope) we'll see when kids are back in school. Everyone must have gotten some sort of wireless device for Christmas. Lol. I'm on 4g and data is nonexistent during the day. I tried switching to 3g, no better.
     
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    I noticed my 4G data slowing down this past week also. Seems to be getting a little better lately. Hope it's just the Xmas break, maybe it's all the kids out of school.
     
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    I was about to reply and say that 2.5 MB wasn't very good... I was getting between 14 and 20 MB last time I checked (a couple of weeks ago) but I just ran a speed test and got 3.5 MB and a second test showed 1MB. My vote is for network load. I was hoping that the 4G network would somehow be immune to network loading. Guess I was wrong.

    FYI the above results are in South Florida.

    I would complain to VM/Sprint and tell them that they need to beef up the network in your area. It probably wont help unless "a lot" of people complain.
     
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    20 MB per second download speed? Wow. I've never seen over 4 MB. Nice. I am on hold now ready to complain. I don't get 10 KB per second during the day and early evening.
     
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    Hey Madbat,

    I usually hover around 8 to 10 MB (sometimes up to 20 MB but rarely) around the Knoxville TN area and I'm now seeing around 2 MB.

    Being as paranoid as I am sometimes, and seeing how this is now happening in multiple states, I fear it's related to them preparing for the upcoming 4G throttle. :(
     
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    I was thinking the exact same thing. Its kinda why I was asking if anyone else was experiencing it. But I was hoping it was holiday network traffic overload. A guy can hope.
     
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    Did you get to complain? If so, were they encouraging?

    I have noticed that 4G speeds are directly related to signal strength. A weaker 4G signal will lower my data speeds.
     
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    They were patronizing. No real answer. I have full signal. This morning, 5.5 Mbps. Better than its been yet. But it will drop in about an hour.
     
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    Most of the time we have pretty decent speeds but other times it's so slow I think we'd be better off with a dialup connection
     
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    Well I've found myself switching to 3g during the day when I have horrible 4g speeds. At least then I get SOME data.
     
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    That IS unusual. In Raleigh, NC, my One would regularly fetch as high as 35mbps in 4G areas.
     
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    Geez. Lucky dog. Its only been like this recently. From 10 am to like midnight. Between midnight and 8 am i get 5 or 6 mbps.I saw there were some other changes coming in the next couple months that could explain it too. Apparently sprint is going to put virgin and boost together and call it Sprint Freedom. So there may be some work going on in the network.
     
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    If they do to the plans what they did to their original prepaid plans, then I may have jumped ship at the right time... I hadn't heard about that until today, actually.

    At any rate, I think Raleigh's also a smaller area than your living area, and that was in March/April, which isn't really a big "GET OUT AND DO THINGS ON YOUR MOBILE" time, so there's lots of factors.

    I did run around with my Victory on 3G for 3-4 months since I installed Conquest, not realizing I'd turned off 4G...
     

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