Sprint has set record sales numbers with introducing the iPhone 4s to their arsenal. We can assume that one huge reason is the fact that they are the only carrier to offer unlimited data for the device. This being said users have been reporting that the speeds while unlimited are less than satisfactory.
This slow speed has users unable to using some of the great features of the iPhone 4s like Siri. This seems to be only the iPhone 4s since reports are showing that other devices are getting very good speeds on Sprint’s 3G network. According to Speedtest.net Sprint’s version of the iPhone 4s are clocking as low as .30 Mbps download and .10 upload speeds.
We aren’t sure if this is due to network congestion du to the amazing sales numbers in such a short time, with everyone on the iPhones testing these features. One Sprint customer wrote:
Have you tired Siri? It will say “Sorry I am having trouble connecting to the network”. This speed is ridiculous, too slow to use the function provided by iPhone. I couldn’t even imaging how would navigation work at this speed when it has to load maps on demand.
Another Sprint Customer wrote:
Using the iPhone 4S in Orange California, Speed results are anemic at best.. 0.10 Mbps down, 0.06 Mbps up, since Siri requires network connectivity, I am unable to use it, might have to switch back to T-Mobile….or Verizon if I want to keep an iPhone 4S…
While we hate to see Sprint take such a hit for these slow speeds, we should assume that they will be looking into this. Sprint as mentioned previously are gambling their entire future on their iPhone 4s sales and contracts. We will keep you informed as we find out more.