WHY is AT&T DISABLING the upload speed (HSUPA) of their Android Phones? but NOT iPho

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I was ready to get an Android HTC Inspire "4G" and renew my unlimited AT&T plan. It looks like a great phone, but yesterday according to Gizmo Crunch, AT&T confirmed they disabled the HTC Inspire 4G just like they did to the majority of their Android smartphones such as the Samsung Captivate and HTC Desire Z. They are not HSUPA capable (HSDPA is download and HSUPA is upload speeds). So while you may see "speedy" 3G download speeds of around 2Mbps and maybe/hopefully more, you'll be stuck at 200kbps to 300kbps when it comes to uploads (HSUPA is estimated to be around 1.5Mbps). All the reviews on multiple sites bear the BIG difference between download & upload speeds. Evidently AT&T has been doing this to all their Android phones and if they follow pattern, will disable the upcoming Motorola Atrix "4G" as well... but they do NOT disable the designed HSUPA in their iPhones. (Also, HTC Inspire 4G will not work with the soon-to-be-rolled-out, AT&T's LTE or Long Term Evolution, which has to potential of someday getting true 4G speeds, not the redefined 4G speed allowed to be advertised in the U.S.) Hopefully AT&T gets some backlash ( AT&T ) and they correct this internal disability they force onto all their Android phones and put this HTC Inspire phone back how HTC intended. *But for AT&T* (and the specious 4G claims), the HTC Inspire 4G is capable of significantly faster upload speeds according to gsmarena (HTC Inspire 4G - Full phone specifications )

It's one thing to not allow third-party apps on their Android phone, but to disable the designed HSUPA capabilities on Android phones but not iPhones is crazy AT&T, and wrong.

AndroidCentral community, what's the solution? Can we depose a dictator... or at least get AT%T to correct its Android prejudices?

AT&T Disables HTC Inspire 4G HSUPA, iPhone 4 Around Twice As Fast
 
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If one Googles (on Google News) "HTC Inspire" and "upload" one finds more & more being written about it. Some sites have suggested AT&T might have give the Inspire phones a firmware update since it has been determined that the HTC Inspire phone IS capable of much faster upload.
"HTC Inspire" upload - Google News

This is also applied to the Atrix.. the speed is a disappointment.. I love the platform of Android but to have a phone crippled like this is not funny especially if I paid full price for it.. I am debating on returning the phone which I don't want to do but being limited and paying for dataspeed that I don't get is upsetting... I am quite shocked that no one has really spoken about the Atrix and the lack of data speed it should be receiving.....
The thought of going back to my BB torch is a :-\ but then again the Torch would pick up better signal for data then the atrix #truestory
 

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HSUPA has been disabled on all devices other than the Iphone 4 and Ipad 2. Visit the "AT&T Fail" page on Facebook for all the facts and articles on this.

Please also sign the petition and/or file with the BBB about the unfairness of what they are doing. We have over 800 signatures on the petition. We finally have AT&T's attention, lets demand that update to our devices to enable the HSUPA.
 

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HSUPA has been disabled on all devices other than the Iphone 4 and Ipad 2. Visit the "AT&T Fail" page on Facebook for all the facts and articles on this.

Please also sign the petition and/or file with the BBB about the unfairness of what they are doing. We have over 800 signatures on the petition. We finally have AT&T's attention, lets demand that update to our devices to enable the HSUPA.

Please leave a link to let everyone know where the petition can found. :)

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AT&T is releasing a software update to the Atrix and Inspire in April, to click on there HSUPA radios. I have the Atrix so Im patiently waiting for this to happen.
 

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when is this "supposed" update going to occur. Thinking about picking up an Inspire, but don't want my speeds to be horrible compared to my N1. I guess I would probably root it anyways as I read that enables it with a custom ROM.
 

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You shouldn't have to pay full price or a full subsidized price for an intentionally crippled phone whether it's crippled by not allowing non-market apps or crippled by intentionally crippling data speeds. It's apparent that AT&T sold it's soul to CrApple as they will do anything to ensure that their iPhlop and iDouche/iDouche 2 (iPad/iPad 2) customers are happy enough to continue to fork over their hard earned money and sadly they consider making their two cash cow's (iOS devices) features cramp Android devices' appeal as a totally viable option. They simply don't want anything on their HSUPA networks but iOS devices and it is because the cheap bastards don't care enough about customers to put money into their networks to ensure that their "first-class" owners of iOS devices don't suffer crippled speeds due to overloaded towers. Apparently they think that if they treat people like sheep then then they can delude new people to join their iSheep flock and leave all of their cares behind.

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You shouldn't have to pay full price or a full subsidized price for an intentionally crippled phone whether it's crippled by not allowing non-market apps or crippled by intentionally crippling data speeds. It's apparent that AT&T sold it's soul to CrApple as they will do anything to ensure that their iPhlop and iDouche/iDouche 2 (iPad/iPad 2) customers are happy enough to continue to fork over their hard earned money and sadly they consider making their two cash cow's (iOS devices) features cramp Android devices' appeal as a totally viable option. They simply don't want anything on their HSUPA networks but iOS devices and it is because the cheap bastards don't care enough about customers to put money into their networks to ensure that their "first-class" owners of iOS devices don't suffer crippled speeds due to overloaded towers. Apparently they think that if they treat people like sheep then then they can delude new people to join their iSheep flock and leave all of their cares behind.

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I agree with you 100%!
 

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You shouldn't have to pay full price or a full subsidized price for an intentionally crippled phone whether it's crippled by not allowing non-market apps or crippled by intentionally crippling data speeds. It's apparent that AT&T sold it's soul to CrApple as they will do anything to ensure that their iPhlop and iDouche/iDouche 2 (iPad/iPad 2) customers are happy enough to continue to fork over their hard earned money and sadly they consider making their two cash cow's (iOS devices) features cramp Android devices' appeal as a totally viable option. They simply don't want anything on their HSUPA networks but iOS devices and it is because the cheap bastards don't care enough about customers to put money into their networks to ensure that their "first-class" owners of iOS devices don't suffer crippled speeds due to overloaded towers. Apparently they think that if they treat people like sheep then then they can delude new people to join their iSheep flock and leave all of their cares behind.

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they're sucking steve jobs you know what.
i got inspire, i hate att's business tactics but like their service and phone though.