1. pcguys's Avatar
    I left Sprint 6 months ago because of the absolutely terrible 3G performance in Philadelphia.

    My friend just upgraded to the Galaxy S3 on Sprint.

    I installed Speedtest.net and he's getting like 8 kbps

    Since his phone is LTE, and there's no LTE yet in Philly, how dare sprint even sell this phone, let alone charge their famous $10/month premium surcharge!

    They should be sued!

    Mike, now happily on ATT!
    12-07-2012 03:17 PM
  2. blaze5's Avatar
    I just left them for that. Same reason all those empty promises about lte roll outs
    12-07-2012 03:20 PM
  3. pcguys's Avatar
    My other sprint friend (with an S2) who also gets the same 3G performance, switched on his wimax and 700kbps down.

    Why doesn't sprint better allocate between 3G and wimax?

    It doesn't make sense to me!

    Mike
    12-07-2012 03:27 PM
  4. leprechaunshawn's Avatar
    Ive been through the same thing. After my wife and I bought our first house this summer I found the Sprint service to be terrible in our neighborhood. I spoke with someone in executive customer service and was promised two $50 bill credits if I was willing to wait out 2 tower upgrades that were scheduled for my nearest tower. It seemed like a fair deal, so I waited. It was nice to save the $50/month and Ive been with Sprint for over 12 years so leaving was going to be a last resort. The tower upgrade dates came and went and my service didnt improve, so I called back the woman I had been working with. She offered an ETF waiver and I accepted. Now, when I log into sprint.com, it shows that my contract was fulfilled on 12/3/12.

    We havent ported our numbers out yet because were waiting to see if anybody will have the Verizon GS3 for under $100 between now and Christmas.
    12-07-2012 03:54 PM
  5. IAmSixNine's Avatar
    That sucks..
    Im in Dallas, and my GS3 and EVO LTE get 500-1 meg down when im at home, and at work im on 4G LTE and i get 2-8 megs down on that..

    Hey, Any other Philly peopel out there care to chime in with their speeds and perhaps help out..
    12-07-2012 04:48 PM
  6. makaroni's Avatar
    I left Sprint about a week or so ago because of this. Their 4G wimax is cool but their 3G is gas station coffee to Starbucks. I figured I might be paying less than other carriers but if I'm not getting good service then I'm wasting my Money. I got the S3 on Sprint and a couple hours passed and the page I clicked on when I first got it in the browser still didn't load. I returned the phone the same day. They said the 4G LTE wouldn't be up and running til 2014 and i couldn't wait that long and listen to anymore lies about when they were going to be up and running. If you have Sprint, run for the hills!!
    12-07-2012 06:04 PM
  7. RS Aurelius's Avatar
    I'm having similar issues (SMS not going thru, call quality problems, MMS issues, 3G poor speeds, etc.)

    Tech support keeps repeating 'no known issues in the area.', and essentially call me a liar and that I have to go into a Sprint store before they will 'validate' any of my claims.

    My buddy at VZW states that tech support can see failed SMS and things like that, not sure if that's true, but I'm at a crossroads...I just got into a new 2 year contract with sprint on the GS3, and Sprint service hasn't been worse. I'm tired of paying the asinine monthly rate for crap service. How can I get my ETF waived due to lack of service if they are essentially calling me a liar? I have names of the reps, have had tickets entered to no avail.
    12-07-2012 09:34 PM
  8. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    I just ran several rounds of Speedtest. In a suburb of Washington, DC, I'm getting 900 to 1400 kbps download, and 800 - 1650 kbps upload on 3G. (Yeah, I'm surprised that I'm seeing upload speeds faster than download, but that's what Speedtest shows.)The speed varies quite a bit depending on which server I select, too.

    But I know it's a lot worse in some places. I never really understood why people complained about how slow Sprint was. Then I went to Chicago. It's painfully slow there. I haven't run speedtest there, but I feel like I'm growing old waiting for web pages to load when I'm there.

    On wifi, I'm getting about 19-20000 kbps download, 25 - 28,000 kbps upload.

    Edit: See this thread - is LTE separate antenna vs. 3g? (like wimax was)?

    Setting the phone to CDMA only may help speed things up a little bit although it didn't seem to do anything for me.
    12-07-2012 10:10 PM
  9. Former iPhone User's Avatar
    I line in philly also and had the same problem before I ran across this thread

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2018365

    Now my speed is great. Last three test are after I did the procedure stated in the thread
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    01-29-2013 09:13 AM
  10. bdecastro77's Avatar
    I line in philly also and had the same problem before I ran across this thread

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2018365

    Now my speed is great. Last three test are after I did the procedure stated in the thread
    Do you have to be rooted.. If not, when I click on the link and download it, what is it supposed to do? Not sure I know what I'm doing

    Cash Money Castro
    01-29-2013 03:42 PM
  11. crneedham1013's Avatar
    Okay so I live in Vegas and I have the GS3. No 4g lte yet, but my biggest question is which antenna should I have turn on? My 4g LTE/EVDO or just the CDMA? I know we don't have LTE yet but does that make the phone get better signal? Another thing is there any way I can root it to be able to pick up the 4g wiimax? Just some questions.
    02-18-2013 03:01 AM
  12. pcguys's Avatar
    Is there a separate lte antenna on a sprint s3? If so, how do you turn it on/off?

    Is lte on by default?

    When lte gets turned on in my area, is there anything I need to do to use lte?

    Thanks for any clarifications u can share, Mike


    ---Sent from the most advanced android mobile super-computer on the planet: the Samsung Galaxy S3 on AT&T, featuring simultaneous voice & data and speedy 4G!!!
    02-18-2013 05:50 AM
  13. lyingfromyou's Avatar
    I left Sprint 6 months ago because of the absolutely terrible 3G performance in Philadelphia.

    My friend just upgraded to the Galaxy S3 on Sprint.

    I installed Speedtest.net and he's getting like 8 kbps

    Since his phone is LTE, and there's no LTE yet in Philly, how dare sprint even sell this phone, let alone charge their famous $10/month premium surcharge!

    They should be sued!

    Mike, now happily on ATT!
    Same here on the Florida panhandle... dial up is faster than some of the ota speeds I get on my gs3!
    02-18-2013 06:56 AM
  14. Ez Duzit's Avatar
    There's no EVDO on the GS3. Just LTE and CDMA.

    You can switch between "LTE/CDMA" or just "CDMA" by itself in settings. If there is no LTE in your area (yet), just use the CDMA setting. If you choose the LTE/CDMA option the phone will use 3G and switch to LTE automatically when it's accessible.
    Go to system settings and in the first category "Wireless and network" select More settings / Mobile networks / Network mode. Then make your selection. That's it.

    And out here in Socal the 3G signal throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties is absolutely craptastic. Double or single digit speeds when you need it in so many areas it's disgusting. I often have to force roam with an app called Roam Control just to use navigation on the phone. I think the app was $3.99 but well worth it.
    02-18-2013 07:16 AM
  15. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    There's no EVDO on the GS3. Just LTE and CDMA.
    No, that's wrong. I think you're confusing EVDO and WIMAX. EVDO is 3G data, and most definitely exists on the GS3.

    You can switch between "LTE/CDMA/EVDO" or just "CDMA/EVDO" by itself in settings. If there is no LTE in your area (yet), just use the CDMA setting. If you choose the LTE/CDMA option the phone will use 3G and switch to LTE automatically when it's accessible.
    Go to system settings and in the first category "Wireless and network" select More settings / Mobile networks / Network mode. Then make your selection. That's it.
    Fixed it for you.
    02-18-2013 10:42 AM
  16. cygnusx8's Avatar
    I'm in Chicago. We have LTE but it's very spotty and at times doesn't work at all. According to Sprint support, they are still working on it in my area. I signed a 2 year contract to get an S3 and my wives contract is up in a couple of months. My question is, what are my chances of getting out the contract? I would think it's a breach of contract for them to charge me $20 every month for data and provide such terrible service. What do you guys think?
    02-18-2013 10:43 AM
  17. Almeuit's Avatar
    I'm in Chicago. We have LTE but it's very spotty and at times doesn't work at all. According to Sprint support, they are still working on it in my area. I signed a 2 year contract to get an S3 and my wives contract is up in a couple of months. My question is, what are my chances of getting out the contract? I would think it's a breach of contract for them to charge me $20 every month for data and provide such terrible service. What do you guys think?
    Do I think it sucks your getting horrible data? Yes. Is it a breach of contract?... That's pushing it hard core. I am not trying to stick up for the speeds.. I've had to deal with them in FL at times as well and it isn't right but.. they guarantee you data but not the speeds so they aren't breaching contract. The only way I know to get out of contract with Sprint is to force them to cancel the contract.. Which usually can be done by forcing roam on Verizon and using a lot of data.

    Sent from my Sprint S3 using AC forums.
    02-18-2013 02:36 PM
  18. cygnusx8's Avatar
    OK How would I go about forcing roam on Verizon?
    02-19-2013 03:33 PM
  19. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    OK How would I go about forcing roam on Verizon?
    You can try Roam Control: Roam Control | Making Android phones usable since 2010
    02-19-2013 10:22 PM
  20. coachpelkey's Avatar
    meyerweb,
    I live in the Gainesville area outside of DC. I get horrible speeds with my G3 and most times if I am not on wifi, the 3g button will only flash a green bar on the right side.
    Going down into Manassas they have 4g and even some areas of Haymarket has 4g....anything you might suggest? My phone is not rooted, I am frustrated with Sprint's service as well.
    02-20-2013 06:19 AM
  21. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    coach, I'm not sure there's much you can do. You can complain to Sprint, and they'll apologize and promise to look into it, but unless there's an actual tower outage I don't think they'll do anything. All their resources seem to be going into the 4G rollout and network upgrades. At least a complaint will get something in their files, and maybe some day they'll upgrade the coverage out there.

    As fast as Gainesville is growing, they're going to have to do that sooner or later.
    coachpelkey likes this.
    02-20-2013 08:22 AM
  22. Ez Duzit's Avatar
    No, that's wrong. I think you're confusing EVDO and WIMAX. EVDO is 3G data, and most definitely exists on the GS3.



    Fixed it for you.
    Thanks for the fix. I wasn't confusing wimax and evdo. Everyone knows the difference, one is for iphones and one is for android.

    I was actually referring to the network modes as they're displayed in settings. So that means Wicked Sensations network modes are listed a bit differently. I just assumed the network modes would show the same options. So now I get to be reminded (yet again) what happens when you assume..... Oops



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    02-20-2013 08:47 AM
  23. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Thanks for the fix. I wasn't confusing wimax and evdo. Everyone knows the difference, one is for iphones and one is for android.
    LOL

    I was actually referring to the network modes as they're displayed in settings. So that means Wicked Sensations network modes are listed a bit differently. I just assumed the network modes would show the same options. So now I get to be reminded (yet again) what happens when you assume..... Oops
    Can't trust those ROM makers as far as you can throw them.
    02-20-2013 09:50 PM

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