This review wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t try out the 4G LTE wireless speeds on the AT&T network as that is one of the most important things with any 4G LTE smartphone!
At our office we get 4G LTE service with three to four bars on the
signal strength. We downloaded the Speedtest.net App to check how our
upload and download speeds were on the Galaxy S III.
When we fired up and ran the app we found that with the auto-selected server we were getting roughly 11 Mb/s down and 13 MB/s up. These very good 4G LTE speeds and show how well the AT&T service is in the metro St. Louis, Missouri area. AT&T has invested more than $2.1 billion from 2008 to 2011 in improving the wireless network in St. Louis and it looks like it is really paying off. If we get full signal we regularly get ~30MB/s down and ~15 MB/s up around the metro area and the data transfer speeds are amazing.
AT&T 4G LTE Data plans for Smartphones:
When you buy a Samsung Galaxy Note II from AT&T you have a choice between the three data plans. If you go over your allowed bandwidth usage you are charged more. For example if you go over the 300MB allowance on the DataPlus plan you will be billed $20 for each additional 300MB used. If the allowance on a DataPro plan is exceeded, an additional 1GB is automatically provided at a rate of $10 for each additional 1GB. As you can see data plans can get very pricey and when your download and upload speeds are over 10MB/s!