Returning strictly due to Sprint's horrible data speeds

Are he data issues with Sprint enough to make you jump ship?


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maverick96

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I picked up the Eptouch 4G in the hopes that I could ditch my iP4 with AT&T and enjoy some unlimited data on Sprint with an awesome Android. Boy was I mistaken! The data speeds everywhere here in Chicago I have tested have been abysmal at best. I can't break 1Mbps down on 3G with Sprint to save my life. I consistently get 2-3Mbps down on my AT&T iP4 in the exact same places. What gives? Is this the price we pay for having unlimited data?? I know it isn't just me as I have seen MANY video reviews, including some recent ones from Aaron from phonedog, saying the exact same things. I love the Eptouch 4G, but absolutely hate Sprint's data. While it may be unlimited, I now understand the "get what you pay for" saying. Sprint needs to focus on this issue and stop wasting so much damn effort and money on this whole AT&T-Tmobile issue. Something like this will tarnish them into bankruptcy or buyout.
 

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You should give it some time, Sprint says that they are working on the network ( rumors say that they are expanding their 3G network in preparation for the next Iphone launch).
 

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Have fun getting raped for those supposed faster data speeds! I knowa few things id much rather spend an extra 50$ a month on! Like maybe a credit card payment fora new tablet!:)

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I picked up the Eptouch 4G in the hopes that I could ditch my iP4 with AT&T and enjoy some unlimited data on Sprint with an awesome Android. Boy was I mistaken! The data speeds everywhere here in Chicago I have tested have been abysmal at best. I can't break 1Mbps down on 3G with Sprint to save my life. I consistently get 2-3Mbps down on my AT&T iP4 in the exact same places. What gives? Is this the price we pay for having unlimited data?? I know it isn't just me as I have seen MANY video reviews, including some recent ones from Aaron from phonedog, saying the exact same things. I love the Eptouch 4G, but absolutely hate Sprint's data. While it may be unlimited, I now understand the "get what you pay for" saying. Sprint needs to focus on this issue and stop wasting so much damn effort and money on this whole AT&T-Tmobile issue. Something like this will tarnish them into bankruptcy or buyout.

Took mine back today as well for this reason. The phone is awesome, but the slow data on Sprint in Chicago cripples the experience. I really was looking forward to being able to switch from AT&T, but even Sprint support says "don't worry it will get better soon" when it comes to their network issues in Chicago.

Sorry, Sprint, I am not willing to commit to a new carrier in the hopes that it will get better "soon". At least with AT&T, I know what I am getting. To me, this is a classic situation where the devil you know is better than one you don't.
 
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Yup. I haven't got past 1.5 Mbs for over half a year. When I first got the EVO 4g I get 3 Mbs for a couple months. Now I get mostly 100 to 300 Kbs. I am of course talking about 3G speeds.
 

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I agree Sprint is sucking hard in Chicago area. Having the EVO 4G...EVO-3D...Nexus-S 4G they all got crap 3G downloads, on average 200k/sec, which is a joke. Makes opening up a standard news website take forever.

I might be very tempted to leave for Verizon and get the Prime next month.
 

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3G speeds here in the southern suburbs of Detroit are terrible.

My evo at times is useless trying to search the internet, or even stream pandora/slacker radio.

One reason I am looking at the galaxy. It has the new chipset for the new 800mhz band or evdo rev b something like that. Hoping that will make a difference.

The funny thing is things use to be really fast. The last year to year and a half... The speeds have gotten really bad. This seems to be a trend from all the stuff I see on the message boards and witness first hand.
 

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Chicago doesn't have 4G?

Yes, but it is only available/usable in certain areas. In many places it is barely faster than 3G and not worth the extra battery drain.

Take your pick -- Sprint's unlimited but very often slow data, or faster but metered/tiered/more expensive data on other carriers. No carrier offers everything. Sprint's network upgrades will make Sprint data speeds more competitive but will take several years to complete -- and there is no guarantee that Sprint will continue to offer unlimited data when they are done.
 

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OMG! Another one of those people that say...."sniff, sniff,...I can't get data speeds as fast as AT&T....what will I ever do!? Also, I'm returning my new car cause the car door won't open fast enough...BOO HOO! I really, REALLY liked the phone and the car but my god, it takes forever to download porn...whaaaaaaa! Anyone got a tissue, I have snot running down my face..."

Before returning it, why don't you call sprint and have them reprovision it. Also, did you try to update your PRL and Profile? Try a call using *18 (resets phone to nearest tower.) Try doing a factory reset?? If you didn't try any or all of these, something like that will tarnish your reputation into oblivion.

I agree with you Gator. Everybody know that sprint data speeds is not the greatest but people still make the move then complain about the

Sprint is also working on their towers so that could be an issue as well...who knows.

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Its a known fact that Sprints network isn't all that fast. We should have done our homework before switching. How ever in doing this homework, we would have also known that they are updating throughout the country and have lost some towers. It will get better and will be much faster. I live in NY and my speeds are sometimes less then 1mb on 3g but it has always done the job I needed to do. Everyone should look into a carrier and there coverage B4 getting a phone anyway. Sorry its not what you expected or use to but Sprint is the 3rd biggest carrier. It will be Better soon hopefully then you will switch back and Enjoy Sprint like I do... :)
 

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Chicago has 4G but it's extremely spotty. I agree with what the others are saying about paying more money with AT&T, and its not something I enjoy doing. Thing is, crap data speeds make a phone like the Eptouch4G miserable! Once the iPhone comes to Sprint it's going to be even worse. I will pay more to actually enjoy my data centric device. I'm getting 200-400Kbps down on Sprint 3G. That's barely even 2G. It's a joke.
 

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I am thinking of switching to Verizon, who just turned on LTE in my town. My 3g has been terrible, like maybe 400k on a good day.

If V gets the Prime alone, I'm gone.

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If the Oct. 7 Sprint data strategy announcement doesn't include system-wide 3G upgrades including availability of EVDO Rev B in the very near future, I am likely leaving Sprint. The Wimax deployment was a complete fiasco and it will be at least several years before LTE has any significant footprint. In the meanwhile Sprint 3G service has gotten progressively worse where I live (central Illinois) and in many many other markets. In the past I found the cost/performance tradeoff on Sprint to be acceptable but I no longer do.
 

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If the Oct. 7 Sprint data strategy announcement doesn't include system-wide 3G upgrades including availability of EVDO Rev B in the very near future, I am likely leaving Sprint. The Wimax deployment was a complete fiasco and it will be at least several years before LTE has any significant footprint. In the meanwhile Sprint 3G service has gotten progressively worse where I live (central Illinois) and in many many other markets. In the past I found the cost/performance tradeoff on Sprint to be acceptable but I no longer do.

Living in the Chicago_burbs, I agree 110% with everything you wrote. I average 3G speeds of 200k/sec, totally unacceptable.

If the October 7th announcement from Sprint, is just them getting the iPhone5, and BS talk about future network upgrades/fixes, I am gone to Verizon for the Nexus-Prime.
 

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Chicago has 4G but it's extremely spotty. I agree with what the others are saying about paying more money with AT&T, and its not something I enjoy doing. Thing is, crap data speeds make a phone like the Eptouch4G miserable! Once the iPhone comes to Sprint it's going to be even worse. I will pay more to actually enjoy my data centric device. I'm getting 200-400Kbps down on Sprint 3G. That's barely even 2G. It's a joke.

Ive been with Sprint 7 years speed was great then EVO4G hit network knocking down my speed numbers below yours pretty sad really - try 90 up.
3 months ago that changed I'm now getting 800-900 kbs down / 600-700 up.
Sprint network upgrade should be completed in 2nd Q 2012 to bad you couldn't stick around for it
 

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I'm surprised by all the people suggesting that there might be something wrong with the OP's phone and/or network in his area. It's neither. The reality is that EVDO just doesn't compare to HSDPA for data speeds. EVDO is old (relatively speaking of course), it's a legacy technology. As much as I can't stomach the thought of switching to AT&T, I would enjoy a nice bump in data speeds as well as a much larger 3G footprint where I live.

The real kick in the pants for us Sprint users is that Wimax is an utter joke. Spotty coverage at best combined with the fact that it's now a dead-end technology that Sprint won't be spending any more money on since they're switching to LTE. Plus, Sprint operates Wimax on that horrid 2500 mhz spectrum which can barely punch it's way through a wet paper bag.

Someday we'll all be on LTE, but until that time HSDPA is really the best technology - it's just a shame that the only real choice for that is AT&T. (yeah, I know T-Mobile too, but their coverage area is fairly limited)
 

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If the Oct. 7 Sprint data strategy announcement doesn't include system-wide 3G upgrades including availability of EVDO Rev B in the very near future, I am likely leaving Sprint. The Wimax deployment was a complete fiasco and it will be at least several years before LTE has any significant footprint. In the meanwhile Sprint 3G service has gotten progressively worse where I live (central Illinois) and in many many other markets. In the past I found the cost/performance tradeoff on Sprint to be acceptable but I no longer do.
Sprint LTE has a major bump in the road due to Lightsquare spectrum.
I don't think Government is going to allow them to use it.