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    How bad is Sprint's 3G Network after the iPhone Launch?

    I guess it's a good thing that Cricket has their own towers in many areas. For those that thought only Cricket had complaints, I this opens your eyes to the fact that no one is immune.

    No carrier has unlimited bandwidth when it comes to 3G cellular networks.

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    How Bad Is Sprint's 3G Network Post-iPhone Launch? 45 Pages Of Complaints Bad

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    If there's one thing the iPhone 4S seems to screwing up after its very successful debut, it would seem to be Sprint's 3G. Since the launch of Apple's newest iThing, Sprint 3G speeds have absolutely tanked for users in many areas. How widespread is the problem? Well, this
    45-page (and growing) thread

    with nearly 700 replies over on the Sprint Community forums would seem to indicate the answer is "very."

    The problem has affected everyone - as shown by lackluster results from some of our own Sprint devices of late while on 3G.

    Samsung Epic 4G

    DL: 370kbps
    UL: 306kbps
    Ping: 165ms

    Motorola Photon 4G

    DL: 214kbps
    UL: 542kbps
    Ping: 963ms
    iPhone 4S users are reporting speeds even lower than these, sometimes much lower (like 50kbps). It seems that Sprint's network is having difficult handling the recent addition of the iPhone 4S to the carrier's handset repertoire. Here's an iPhone user's results (these are among the worst observed):

    iPhone 4S:
    Ping: 413ms
    DL: .07 Mbps
    UL: .01 Mbps
    What about you? Has Sprint's 3G all but ground to a halt during peak hours in the last week on your phone? Let us know in the comments.

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    Last edited by Chris Rodriguez; 10-21-2011 at 08:53 AM.
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    Sprint is supposed to be working on their network and if I remember correctly it should be completed sometime in the next year or two.

    Their network is congested (and has been) with their main Sprint brand, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, Liberty Wireless, Movida Wireless, and many more. In addition to that, there are carriers that have roaming agreement with Sprint including Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS.

    I remember hearing of slow data speeds even before the launch of the iPhone. I know of someone that went to a Sprint store and did speed tests on many devices (including the mobile broadband card) and the tests were very low, with ping often times above 1000 ms.

    I haven't had any issues with data speeds on Cricket, yet. I'm starting to wonder if there will be problems after the launch of the Huawei Glory. Hopefully Cricket's network will be able to handle the usage.



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