Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

Summary: Maybe Sprint's big bet on the iPhone 4S wasn't such a good decision after all.

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First, Sprint is cutting back on unlimited 4G broadband data plans. Now it's being reported that Sprint is suffering problems with its latest big release: the iPhone 4S.

Apple and Sprint are reportedly tackling a nationwide issue concerning slow data rates on the newest iOS smartphone, according to The Next Web. Complaints about problems with connecting to Sprint's 3G network on the iPhone 4S have been rampant on Sprint's community boards.

However, there hasn't been any official announcement regarding the issue and when it might be fixed if there is actually something wrong.

This isn't the first iPhone 4S-related setback that Sprint has incurred since the device rolled out earlier this month. Sprint’s policy on the micro-SIM card included with the world phone also proved to be confusing over whether or not the phone would be sold locked or not.

It's looking like Sprint's big $20 billion bet on the iPhone 4S isn't paying off for the mobile provider as much as it has for AT&T so far.

Has anyone else who is a Sprint iPhone 4S owner suffered any regular data speed problems since October 14?

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Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones, Telcos

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  • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

    Have a sprint iPhone havent had any issues at all :) i live in Florida D:
    Viper589
  • Network extremely slow in San Francisco

    Using speedtest.net ap at various locations around san francisco, I usually get 0.3 Mbps or less. My brother's iphone 4S typically gets about 8X faster.
    BleacherEd
    • Maybe it is just network overload?

      @BleacherEd: If so, Sprint will not be able to really fix it any time soon.
      DDERSSS
      • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

        @DeRSSS....yeah, a network overload that only affects one specific model of phone...
        crogs
      • I did not make statement, I only asked the question

        @crogs
        DDERSSS
  • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

    Live in Ft lauderdale, Florida. For me Sprint iphone 4s is unusable on 3g, I am receiving 0.05 Mbps on downloads and .49 Mpbs on upload. I have full signal where I live. After complaining to Sprint, some engineers from sprint dept called asked me to enter some long codes on my phone and I gave some technical data to them. I really hope they fix this issue soon. My iPad 3g ATT at the same location gives me average of 2.5mbps downloads and 0.50 upload speeds.
    nkannikal@...
    • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

      @nkannikal@... I just ran the Speedtest app on my EVO here in West Virginia, I got 803K down and 454K up, mid-afternoon.
      big red one
    • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

      Update @nkannikal Sprint Fixed the issue, I am average around 1.50 to 1.89mbps for download and 0.69 upload. I am very happy...Good going Sprint.
      nkannikal@...
      • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

        @nkannikal@... How exactly did they fix this for you? What do I need to say to the tech in order to get the same sort of fix? Thanks in advance.
        AJ_Says
  • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

    Sprint is dial-up , advertised as 3G LOL
    Bufbarnaby
    • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

      @Bufbarnaby

      BUT it's UNLIMITED!! LOL!
      don.wright
    • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

      @Bufbarnaby

      iFail anybody? ;-)
      Johan Safari
  • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

    My buddy got a 4S on Sprint on day one. Seattle area, DOG SLOW! Siri works about one out of 10 times and it takes forever to do anything on the network. My son's 3G Droid2 Global is way faster on Verizon, way faster.
    tgschmidt
    • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

      @tgschmidt And your point is? So you compare two networks in an attempt to bash the 4S? What does your son's phones speed on Verizon no matter the make/model have to do what so ever with a 4S on Sprint? Maybe not how you meant it but that's how it came across.
      non-biased
  • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

    I had a Nexus S on sprint and no lie my wife was in the car in front of me with the same phone and we couldnt call each other all the way up 75 from Tampa to Lake City!

    Sprint just plain sucks!
    slickjim
    • In FL, Sprint is only good on major cities

      @Peter Perry No matter what phone you have, you will be "roaming" (if it works) while driving between cities. Sprint has nothing but dead zones all over FL. <br><br>Just drive I4 between Orlando and Tampa ..... not enough fingers in your hands to count the dead zones. Drive the Turnpike and you will be lucky to get 1 bar during the entire trip.
      wackoae
      • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

        @wackoae Surprisingly though when my wife was on Sprint she could make a call in places in the Ocala forest which I couldn't hope to get a signal on AT&T.
        non-biased
    • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

      @Peter Perry I dropped Sprint over 3 years ago due to almost daily dropped calls and bogus charges - I had hoped that they would have made some improvements but with this article and your post it does not look like they've done much to make things better.
      athynz
    • RE: Report: Sprint plagued by nationwide iPhone 4S speed issue

      @Peter Perry I have made that drive a few times when I wouldn't have wanted my wife to be able to call from the car in front of me ;-)
      non-biased
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