TiPb Asks: How's your iPhone 4S data speed?

TiPb Asks: How's your iPhone 4S 3G data speed?

No sooner did Rene get his shiny new iPhone 4S than he put he through its 3G HSPA 14.4 Mbps data speed paces and... almost 9 Mbps down and just over 1 Mbps up in the real world on Rogers in Montreal. Not too shabby! Have you tested your iPhone 4S speeds yet? If so, let us know how fast, what network, and what area you're in!


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ralphtrent says:

nowhere close, verizon, in NJ, 1.04 mbps down, .83 up. pipng is 71ms

sn4p2k says:

verizon only has 3g data speeds doesnt support the 14.4

Fhb says:

yep. only att in the us get faster speeds

jiden77 says:

Yep, getting about the same in Houston with my Verizon phone...but I can make phone calls :-) Thats why I connect to wifi anywhere I go

rgar3388 says:

I get 5.2 down .68 up on my 4 in Houston, tx. Can't wait till my 4S comes in.

Chris Vitek says:

That's about what I am getting with my 4 in Edinburg, TX.

Guest says:

Is there anything special to test the HSPA speed on Rogers in Montreal? Do I have to be registered on something? I'm getting barely 1.5mbps

GeorgeDW says:

Grab the Speed Test app.

Flintchesthair says:

Fed ex said mine would arrive before 10:30 am and then changed to "in transit". So so for the speed is very slow.

Jnorton1776 says:

I have a 3GS on AT&T's 3G network with almost full bars. I got 1.15Mbps down and 0.18Mbps up. Is that normal for the old model???
Can't wait to get my 4S in a couple hours!!!!!!!

GeorgeDW says:

It really depends on how good your signal is. If you're getting those speeds with a 3GS I wouldn't expect a big improvement with the 4S.

guest says:

Pelephone Israel gets 14

dloveprod says:

I can't activate it, At&t, I'm gonna test it as soon as I get on the network.

shagrath5 says:

if you activated online or via phone, just restart the device and it will work

dloveprod says:

It didn't work, I can't activate it on the phone or computer through at&t.

Danny Walsh says:

I know! Verizon's LTE gets 50Mbps down in NYC. That's faster than my cable connection. :)

Park says:

Here in downtown Austin with my at&t iPhone 4 I get:

  • 137ms Ping
  • 0.18Mbps Down
  • 0.49Mbps Up

And that's pretty normal for everywhere I go in the city, which is usually pretty central. Sometimes I'll see it jump to 2.5-3Mbps down, but that's uncommon.
I'm going to get an iPhone 4S, but with these crappy speeds on at&t I may just switch back to Sprint.

Alex Perez says:

Is Sprint really any better? Im asking cuz I've never tried them.

Park says:

I'm not sure. Last time I had Sprint it was with a Treo, so data speed wasn't as important as it is now.

Alex Perez says:

In Wareham, Massachusetts using AT&T iPhone 4 32GB with only 3 bars of service...
-163ms Ping
-2.32Mbps Down
-0.43Mbps Up

Elite Hunting says:

I've got 14.2 Mbps down and 6.08 Mbps upload.

Alex Harker says:

Washington, DC just tested AT&T at...wait for it..... 0.01 MB down!
I wish I could tell you I was kidding!

Alex Harker says:

It's worth mentioning that was an iPhone 4, not a 4S

Ernie says:

I like the himym reference

chrislindinger says:

I get 2.78 down and .34 up on my 4S in Newtown, PA

Soto says:

AT&T iPhone 4, 3.5-Down 1.2-Up San Diego, CA

Ross says:

We can't get speeds like that here in Hawaii. The best I have ever gotten on my iPhone3GS is 3.03 Mbps and that is a rarity. And during the daytime, it is usually less that 1.0 Mbps and lately I have been getting 0.05 Mbps per second!

sting7k says:

Why is everyone posting their iPhone 4 and 3GS speeds? No one has tested their 4S? I am really curious to know about AT&T, someone who can read please save this comment thread.

Whatever says:

Verizon. 2.33 down. 0.88 up. Chicago. Loop.
I know it's CDMA but the antenna is markedly improved. My iPhone 4 couldn't pull data in many places my 4S does. Calls and texts, however, have pretty much always worked everywhere.

Celebro79 says:

I got 97 ping
5.06 Mbps down
1.09 Mbps up

Gina says:

13.42 down / 2.73 up---Burbank, Ca

felsmann says:

I just had a looog discussion with ATT about this. The phone is labeled 4G in their website, which within ATT currents standards it is 4G as it supports 14.4 MB/s vs the Iphone 4 is 7.2 MB/s they have done this with their Blackberrry 9810 as well...
Anyways the ATT rep kept arguing with me that there was no difference in that regard between the two iphone 4 models and that the website was wrong lol!!! What an idiot, I had to hang up.
Anyway my real gripe is that the ipad 2 is also equiped with the same radio as the 4S and they are not giving it access to the highers speed network (also known as H+) and I would love to have my iPad at those speeds...
Bottomline ATT sucks... no news there

Tim says:

I'll take the slower speeds and no simultaneous talk and data if it means I don't drop calls 5 times a day and have to deal with spotty coverage. I switched to Verizon in February and I have never looked back.

Hhfs says:

4.13 down 1.13 up ...kind of slow no?

TFausett says:

Amazing is what I would be saying if I had one. Going to have to wait until christmas to get mine.

Mvrcbee says:

my iphone 4s is doing 2mb down 1.07up not too fast, i dont remember how much my iphone 4 was

ninoluv2121 says:

I want to see speeds in sprint in Los Angeles.

Hopper says:

AT&T is pathetic in Princeton NJ... 81 ms ping times, but .004Mbps down and .51 Mbps up. Ugh... I can't wait till Verizon can do simultaneous voice and data (LTE).

Gorynytch says:

I've noticed a decline in speed after upgrading my iPhone 4 to iOS 5 :(

stefan says:

Is there anyone with the 4S in Montreal, Canada on Bell? I would LOVE to see these speeds!

Aaron says:

Rochester, NY

4s says:

10.92 down .5 up AT&T 4s Massachusetts

Chenzo5151 says:

Pittsburgh PA. IP4s 3.5 down .65 up not bad but same as my ip4

Justin T says:

I'm in Phoenix, AZ, just downloaded the app to my new iPhone 4S with Verizon. did the test at 7:37 pm, got down 1.60mbps, up 0.79. did it again a couple of mins later, got down 1.25mbps, up 0.76. ughhhh, thats not really that fast is it. Thing is though, for most of what i've been doing today, browsing a few web pages on Safari, downloading a few apps, and syncing some of my music to the iPhone through iCloud, its been plenty fast enough. so im not complaining. :-)

Curtsybear says:

2.4mbs down, 1.1 up, 120ms ping with only 3/4 bars... Sweet

Vistination says:

iPhone 4S
4.02Mbps Down
1.32Mbps Up
iPhone 4
0.78Mbps Down
0.23Mbps Up

Ethanburmeister says:

Mine pinged at 72ms. Downloaded at12.83 and uploaded at 10.63 in Omaha, NE.

dude says:

guys you are writing MBPS its Mbps which are megabits not bytes.. megabits are 1/8th of a megabyte

Justin Meltzer says:

My results:
Garden City, NY (on Long Island)
iPhone 4S on AT&T
2.96 down, 1.42 up
it varies but this was one of the fastest that I got.

caleb22 says:

My iPhone 4 in Memphis, TN:
Download: 16.44 Mbps
Upload: 3.75 Mbps

jameslaz says:

AT&T 6.5 Mbps download / 1.03 upload. Not the worst but would like it to e faster.

pbr98 says:

No difference in DL speeds for me in Chicago between the 4 and the 4S. Very disappointed. I average 2-3 Mbps down on both phones.

Omarijames says:

I don't have the 4S but after reading these results in the responses I'm reminded of when I got my 3GS. The 3G ( which I also owned ) has a 3.2 HSPA radio and download was about .4-.8mbps on a great day. When I got the 3GS ( which I believe has a 7.2 HSPA radio, it was pretty much the same until 10-12 months later when I began to get 1.2-2mbps. I still use my 3GS now and I max out at 3mbps on a nice day as well. So those speeds may take some time to come in , especially since AT&T has just released their 14.4 HSPA+ in certain areas.

Sean says:

In Dayton Ohio with a iPhone 4S 8.86D / 1.15 U. Not too shabby

Ross says:

Proximus in Belgium on iPhone 4S: Ping 68 seconds, DL 7.39Mbps, UL 1.75 Mbps.

Maxi Hradecny says:

My Iphone 4s with 3g gets
5.38 mb/s Down
2.75 mb/s Up

Im in Austria in Europe.