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I'm an AT&T customer, and I'm up for an upgrade soon. Is HSPA+ much of an upgrade? T-Mobile's HSPA+ is 6x as fast as my AT&T HSPA. A friend with T-Mobile did a speedtest and got 12mbps down, and 3 up. Is AT&T's HSPA+ as good for anyone, or even close? DId anyone see an increade from HSPA to HSPA+? I understand it's location dependent, but I'm curious if it's good for anyone.
 

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HSPA vs HSPA+ can vary, but maybe its more the power of modem/ aftermarket antennae. We own a Bandrich R305 which is rated for 21Mbs, but we only see about 8Mbs. Saw a chart listed by provider-- HSPA 3g/4g on all these ISPs have the about same exact throughput capacity on both plans, just the monthly bandwidth allotment differs greatly .

ATT gouges like crazy $ per GB going over bandwidth limit, and Tmobile isn't much better. Fortunately our HSPA+ ISP provides unlimited GB with the $60 /mo plan. (Stelara Wireless) We live out in the mountainy desert and still get nice speeds
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Only other option here was (ugh!) evil hughesnet satellite. So thankful we had other choices !!!
 

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I find HSPA+ reaaaaly varies depending where you are (as you already know). In Utah where I am going to school I get a paltry 3 down, 1 up (not exactly "4g" or even "faux G"). At home in the bay area of San Francisco I can get 11 down and 3-4 up.

I find it doesnt kill battery any more than 3g and as AT&T is still working on increased backhaul for the network, things will only get better.

Hope that helped!
 

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AT&T doesn't fully support HSPA+ which is 21Mbps... at least that is around my area on my Samsung Galaxy S II (i777), and I average 6Mbps D/2Mbps U...
They skipped the HSPA+ 21Mbps and jumped straight to LTE from what I believe...
What did you get on your older (presumably non HSPA+ capable) device? 6/2 would be amazing to me, I get 1.4/1
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I get 3 Down/ 2 Up here in SD on a good day on AT&T on the HTC Titan.
 

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On average you're likely to hit 3-5mbps on HSPA+.

Better yet, grab an LTE capable phone.. when LTE hits your area, be prepared to be blown away
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