11-01-2012 09:03:29 AM
I started a new job a few weeks ago and have been having a strange problem with a sudden slowdown in data speeds. I use an iPhone 5 and have a grandfathered unlimited data plan. In the mornings at work, my data speeds seem to be fine. I can get decent download and upload speeds, listen to a morning podcast, etc. But then, usually around after 11 am or so, my data becomes unusable. I can't even get google.com to load. Sometimes it clears up later in the day, sometimes it doesn't. I initially thought this could be data throttling, but when I leave work it seems to be fine - I can listen to a podcast on my drive home.
I just don't understand why it changes all of a sudden. I usually have 4-5 bars of service at my desk, and the 4G icon is always present. Its very frustrating because the internet on my work computer is heavily restricted so times when I need to quickly check on something I am prohibited from doing so. Any ideas/solutions for this problem?
11-01-2012 09:06:41 AM
I also think it has something to do with the iPhone 5. The problem is very frustrating because the data connection at my office seems to drain my battery. I was at 100% this morning and it is now noon and I'm below 50%.
11-01-2012 12:20:14 PM
Added a little more confirmation to my theory. Was having trouble downloading on my phone. Walked outside, it worked fine. If it was just a problem of bad service, I could understand that. But there are plenty of times where I get perfectly adequate speeds in the same exact position inside. And if it was throttling I could understand that. But my data speed isn't being throttled anywhere else.
11-01-2012 12:28:32 PM
Sounds like it's nothing more than building construction. Many things in a building can interfere with cellular services which is why no carrier will guarantee coverage inside a building.
11-01-2012 12:36:17 PM
That's what I'm leaning towards. I've just never had reception problems in such a strange way. I get full bars, can send texts (not always iMessages), and usually have at least 1-2 hours of normal data reception a day. But then for huge chunks of time I have no data coverage at all (not just slow, unable to load anything).
11-02-2012 07:56:25 AM
It does seem odd that it would only affect data. Does it always happen during the same time period? Maybe something in the building is running only during those times. Just a guess of course. Do other people have the same problem?
Check for available WiFi access in the building. Although if they restrict your internet access, it might not help.