Ryan Thomason

TechTalk: AT&T 4G Phones Kneecapped Until April

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Well, if you wanted to join the Android revolution at AT&T, but have been finding that your 4G connection isn’t as fast as it’s supposed to be, AT&T is a little sorry about that if you have the Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Inspire 4G.

The issue lies with High-Speed Uplink Packet Access, or HSUPA, a data transfer protocol capable of 5.5 Mbps uploads. Although the Atrix and Inspire technically support HSUPA, AT&T hasn’t switched on the capability yet, thereby capping upload speeds at a meager 300 kbps. Which is still pretty fast, but really, you didn’t get 4G so that you could be fast, you wanted to do some Mach 10 stuff, not a commercial flight.

“We will be turning HSUPA upload speeds on via a software update to the Motorola ATRIX 4G and HTC Inspire 4G planned for April,” an AT&T spokesman told Wired, adding that the upcoming Samsung Infuse 4G will support HSUPA at launch.

I know some people like AT&T, but this is part of the reason I left the carrier, I just got tired of what seemed like slap ass service at times. When you have Verizon tapping into the precious iPhone market, the last thing you want to do is fumble the Androids in your top of the line.

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