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    Minneapolis 3G

    I am just wondering about Minneapolis 3G because I constantly get 1.5 down and sometimes even slower than that constantly. I'm using a HTC Aria. Anybody else wondering why Minneapolis 3G is so slow? Can anybody shed some light on the current situation?

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    That seems to be pretty much par for the whole state of Minnesota, even the newly acquired areas of west central and southwest MN. This past week I traveled to Willmar, which is a newly acquired area from Verizon/Unicel. Brand new towers/equipment. 1500kbps download / 75 kbps upload was typical.

    Yesterday I was in Eden Prairie. 1500kbps download / 75 kbps upload was typical.

    Today I was in St. Cloud. Again, 1500kbps download / 75 kbps upload was typical.

    These tests were taken with an iPhone 3GS using Extreme Labs speed test.

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    what's so bad about 1.5 down? lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zephxiii View Post
    what's so bad about 1.5 down? lol.
    Those are "Verizon" speed's and unacceptable.

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    I don't have speed issues near me. South Metro, most of St Paul and Northfield see 3.5-6.5 DN all the time.

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    I've been getting that speed lately in Minneapolis. I used to get 3-3.5Mbps 3-4 months ago, but I haven't hit that recently.

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    Just got 1900 down and 97kbps up with ping of 247 in Maple Grove on an Atrix without the new modem. I generally get 1000 or 1500 down and about 125 kbps up which is the same I got with my old Nokia E71. Pretty disappointing when I see others getting 3-4 up even without the new modem

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    Anybody have any relief or updates about the Minneapolis market? Also are we included to be a trial market for LTE?

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    I noticed speed of att 3G connection was dropped significantly last couple of days... I'm getting 0.24mps for downloading and 0.06mps for uploading.. Unacceptable!!!

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    The HTC Aria isn't an HSPA+ phone. It's only HSPA 7.2. 1.5Mbps should be about par for the course. PC World conducted tests recently that showed average download speeds on AT&T to be 1.45Mbps: http://zapp5.staticworld.net/images/...2x-5152351.jpg

    Those tests were done on AT&T with an HSPA 7.2 phone. The T-Mobile tests show higher speeds because of the use of an HSPA+ phone. Likewise, one can see that AT&T is about 45% faster than Verizon's average speeds. It's also important to note that Sprint's 1.5Mbps average came with a WiMAX phone.

    3G won't often break 2Mbps. 1Mbps is really the standard for 3G. So, you're getting 50% better speeds than you should expect. AT&T now has HSPA+ 14 and HSPA+ 21 phones available which should get faster speeds. AT&T is also launching LTE this summer (Minneapolis isn't one of the first cities).

    Baseline: 3G is a 1Mbps technology. You aren't using the latest technologies that AT&T offer, namely HSPA+.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdasen View Post
    The HTC Aria isn't an HSPA+ phone. It's only HSPA 7.2. 1.5Mbps should be about par for the course. PC World conducted tests recently that showed average download speeds on AT&T to be 1.45Mbps: http://zapp5.staticworld.net/images/...2x-5152351.jpg

    Those tests were done on AT&T with an HSPA 7.2 phone. The T-Mobile tests show higher speeds because of the use of an HSPA+ phone. Likewise, one can see that AT&T is about 45% faster than Verizon's average speeds. It's also important to note that Sprint's 1.5Mbps average came with a WiMAX phone.

    3G won't often break 2Mbps. 1Mbps is really the standard for 3G. So, you're getting 50% better speeds than you should expect. AT&T now has HSPA+ 14 and HSPA+ 21 phones available which should get faster speeds. AT&T is also launching LTE this summer (Minneapolis isn't one of the first cities).

    Baseline: 3G is a 1Mbps technology. You aren't using the latest technologies that AT&T offer, namely HSPA+.
    A 3G capable phone certainly is capable of well over 1Mbps, my Verizon 3G phone hits 2-2.5 consistently. People with iPhone's and other 7.2 devices in markets with backhaul to support are hitting 4-6Mbps.

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