If you head over to online petition site Groubal, you’ll find this petition by Zack Nebbaki, who has already found over 450 people who are equally as frustrated with their carrier, AT&T Wireless.
The root in Zack’s frustration, and one we thought was going to eventually come up, Zack is experiencing speeds 4 to 10 times faster with an iPhone 4 on AT&T’s 3G network than his Motorola Atrix which is a 4G device. Other users of both the Motorola Atrix 4G and the HTC Inspire 4G can be found across the net saying that they just aren’t getting the speeds they thought they would.
More after the break
AT&T announced a 2 phase 4G rollout at the AT&T Developers Summit in January in Las Vegas. As part of that strategy AT&T Wireless CEO Ralph De La Vega said that they would continue to roll out HSPA+ throughout the country and than build LTE on that backbone. What astonished us most was that De La Vega had suggested that AT&T wireless had already lit up most of the country with HSPA+ and even said their HSPA+ footprint was larger than that of rival T-Mobile. T-Mobile’s current advertising campaign touts that they have the largest 4G (HSPA+) network in the country.
As most are aware we travel in the major US cities all the time and have never noticed a substantial difference in the speeds of AT&T’s network. However when T-Mobile started switching on HSPA+ towers, and even testing in New York City which is notorious for wireless connection problems, there was a HUGE difference.
The foundation of Nebbaki’s petition and argument isn’t just in the unsatisfactory speeds, but the fact that the iPhone 4 is capable of getting HSUPA speeds when AT&T’s two 4G phones aren’t. Nebbaki lives in Allentown PA which is allegedly a 4G market.
We pinged AT&T early Friday and have not received a response. If you’d like to sign the petition here is a link