Sorry to hear that you're having issues. Where are you in Boston? I'm located near 128 and Mass Pike, and I haven't experience any of the problems you've described. My OV is showing 1-2 out of 4 bars (signal strength of -90 to -95 dBm), and there's no issue with my 3G connection now or over the last couple of months.
The only time I'd problem was during the Earth Day celebration down at the Esplanade recently. The place was packed with a lot of people so the Sprint towers must have been overloaded. The phone had full 4-bars but data was showing 1X instead of 3G, and the connection was just way too slow to even browse the web.
We just got the iphone 4S from Radio Shack 9 days ago and have HORRIBLE data speed while the coverage map shows EXCELLENT data coverage in our area. I don't have faith that anything is going to fix it so I think we will return it and go to simple mobile.
Then I saw this YouTube video, where a guy does a speed test on his LG Optimus V in Times Square, where there is definitely heavy network congestion, yet he still gets very decent speeds.
My guess is that either that tower had Network Vision deployed or since it's Times Square, Sprint wants their network to be top notch, so they have some nice backhaul running, so all the businessmen and businesswomen can check their stocks quickly and not complain
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Would anyone please be able to post here the data speed you get on Virgin Mobile? I always use the speedtest.net app (available for iPhone or Android). I'm new to Virgin Mobile and would be interested in seeing results from any phone in any location.
I have seen 2Mbps on rare occasions as well as .15Mbps so it all depends.
Until Network Vision is completed you may very well be stuck with the speeds you are complaining about in the other thread.
OK, good to know I'm not going nuts. Nothing in the "Data, MMS Down" thread since March, but my data speeds have been very erratic for a couple of months, one minute as low as 4 kbps (!) per Mobile Speed Test, the next 160. WTF!!!!!??
Logged in to see if I was the only VM customer having issues because I couldn't get my phone past 40 kbps just now, even after flipping Airplane Mode on/off.
Another poster mentioned this happens when Sprint Changes Something.
So when will the experiment be over?
And what is Network Vision?
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During peak times, I normally see 50-200 kbps, off-peak I can get about 500-1500 kbps. I would be very happy with a 300-500 kbps all the time, imo.
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Just got data going with straight talk. Just did two speed tests and averaged 500kbps. One of the tests pegged at 1000kbps.
I'm in the process of auditioning other pre-paid carriers. Sprint brands are a joke. They're cheap, but they're frustratingly inept. They can't even address the "Radio Interface Resource Shortage" which prevents me from sending text messages and receiving certain calls. I did a speed test on my 4G connection one day and it was 300 Kbps! Seriously? 300 Kbps for 4G?!?!
VM is a huge rip-off when you compare what they promise with what they actually deliver.