Sprint's subscribers were very excited to get an iPhone on their network for the first time, and now the huge number of users storming to get the 4S has seemingly produced undesired effects.
In the the last days hundreds of subscribers have complained about slow data speeds, for downloads and uploads. Not only the iPhone customers are affected, but Android users as well and the entire 3G network.
The Sprint community forum hosts a growing thread with more than 700 comments on the situation, where people are complaining about unusually low data speeds unusually. One user noticed an annoying speed of 4Kbps (opens in new tab)and independent tests have confirmed that the Sprint network is indeed much slower (opens in new tab).
Earlier this week, Sprint officials issued a statement (opens in new tab) on PCMagazine to clarify the situation: "As always, Sprint is carefully monitoring the performance of the 3G network. We are looking into a small number of reports of slow data speeds when using the iPhone 4S (...). Speed tests represent a moment in time and are subject to many variables including weather, time of day, device, and proximity to a tower. Sprint will continue to monitor the feedback we are getting from our customers and will investigate and resolve any issues that may arise"