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    I bought a prepaid T-Mobile Sim to try the network at my work area. Unfortunately, even with the decent download speed, I couldn't even open any websites with almost ZERO upload. Anyone else having this issue?

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    Decent Download speed but unacceptable Upload

    This has bit better upload but still couldn't open any web page.

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    When I was roaming overseas I had speeds around .12Mbps up and down and pages would load gradually. I'm surprised yours will not. I suspect it is something other than the connectivity speeds that is the issue. Perhaps the tower is congested?

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    Congestion would be my guess, as well. I don't see that slow download speed often -- typically it is download speeds that are slower and upload is fine (over 10 Mbps) but, on rare occasions, I've seen slow upload speeds. It seems to be either congestion or when they are working (upgrading) the towers in an area.

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    Hmm...I get these speeds daily and I am not in a congested area

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    I've seen sometimes with T-Mobile it takes a while to register the sim on network. Sometime it can correct itself in about 24-48 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloxide View Post
    I bought a prepaid T-Mobile Sim to try the network at my work area. Unfortunately, even with the decent download speed, I couldn't even open any websites with almost ZERO upload. Anyone else having this issue?
    You just said you bought a prepaid SIM, but you didn't say what prepaid plan you activated it on.

    As I recall a SIM will allow you to do speedtests without being activated. But obviously you would need a data plan or a data pass to get other websites to open.

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    What device are you testing this with

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    Decent Download speed but unacceptable Upload

    I bought the $10 Pay as You Go 7 day 1gb prepaid plan. The devices I tested are an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 6 Plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloxide View Post
    I bought the $10 Pay as You Go 7 day 1gb prepaid plan. The devices I tested are an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 6 Plus.
    Sounds like you might be trying to use a tablet plan on a phone which could explain why the web pages aren't downloading.

    The Pay As you Go plans for phones start at $3 per month and then you can add the daily or weekly pass onto that for data:

    https://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/pay-as-you-go

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    The prepaid plan I purchased was offered to me by a T-mobile rep over the phone. She told me to pay the $3 first then add $5 or $10 for data.
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    Those are not typical speeds in the bay area, either for download or upload.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloxide View Post
    The prepaid plan I purchased was offered to me by a T-mobile rep over the phone. She told me to pay the $3 first then add $5 or $10 for data.
    That's definitely the right plan. Are you able to get other apps that use data to work? Like stream audio perhaps? That strange that you can't open any websites in your browser.

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    I agree with jet. Even though those speeds are low they're easily high enough for the vast majority of mobile websites. As jet says you should see if you can stream audio or try the Facebook or Twitter apps.

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    I tried to stream Amazon music but was unsuccessful. I am in the unincorporated part of Hayward called Russell City. T-mobile website shows there's great coverage there but I don't.

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