AT&T “4G” Android Phones Limiting Upload Speeds

March 11, 2011 - Written By Chris Spackman

Outrage: iPhone 4 Uploading 5x Faster than 4G Android Phones

Imagine this , you go and buy a brand spanking new phone from a network that can offer you a 4G connection. It sells you a phone based on that fact and then when you get using it the network then cuts your data back to that of 3G, how would you react?  I expect you’d be pretty hacked off and give your network provider an earful.

Why is AT&T Crippling Android Upload Speeds?

The above picture from PCMag shows you what is going on for our friends who use AT&T.  Big Blue claims that their 4G network enables people to get at about 6 Mbps (Megabits per second)  and if you have an iPhone 4 in your pocket, you can. It’s reported iPhones get upload speeds of 1.5 Mbps whilst Android users get a mere 300 kbps.

AT&T Users Agree: 4G Android Phones Upload Speed Capped

Now what causes an issue is that you’re told that if you buy a phone that is 4G compatible you’ll benefit from 4G speeds. If you’re going to sell a phone such as the Motorola Atrix 4G, which is a whopper of a phone, why would you limit the use of your customers data capacity? That’s a question only AT&T can answer and their customers are waiting with eager ears.

If you use AT&T tell us what you’re seeing for upload speeds.