I may have just discovered a fix for the slow 3G issue affecting iPhone 5.
I was originally getting ~0.03 Mbps 3G download speeds in Chicago, and after following Sprint's documented procedure for updating the data profile, I was able to connect at ~1.5 Mbps, as tested using the Speedtest app.
Update the Data Profile - IPHONE 5 16GB
Be sure that you are connected via Wifi before attempting the update. The first attempted update failed when I wasn't connected to my Wifi network.
You can see the illustrated directions here...
Hope this helps!
I'm holding off on sending in my GSII for the recycle credit until I'm 100% sure that I want to stick it out and assume that either 1) 3G will improve, or 2) LTE will be deployed in my market relatively soon, though it was not in the list of next 100 cities to get it.
Having just come from a Samsung GSII and being pretty unhappy with it, I'm hesitant to jump back over to an Android phone (even the GSIII). I'm curious about Windows Phone 8 but Sprint has no selection at this point :-/
I feel stuck with either something I don't really like (GSII - that had reliable, quick 3G internet) and something that I do really like (iPhone 5 - with unreliable, slow 3G internet). Not a place I'd imagine that Sprint wants their customers to be (if they care and are willing to attempt to remedy the situation at all, that is).
I've been fighting this battle with sprint now for 3 months. I have a 5 and my wife and son have 4s. I was getting .20 Mbps test results. Complaining and getting credits. Feeling like I was spending an hour a day on the phone with sprint tech support following up and "troubleshooting" the issue. I was persistent though. Anyways I've noticed a HUGE difference after the iOS 6.1 update. I'm getting between 1.5 and 2.2 on avg. could this have been the fix? Or is this a result of them addressing a tower issue because of my complaints? Sprint was well aware of my formal complaint to the FCC. I won't go so far as to say it is fixed... Needs more time and consistent results but it is looking good. Also as a side note, they are rolling out LTE in the Charlotte area. My tests there show as high as 12 dl and avg of around 7. Can't wait for lte for my phone but will be really happy with the current speeds for wife and sons 3G 4S's!
only one solution...leave sprint. I challenge you to take tmobile for a text drive for just a week. this is the only way to truly understand how crappy sprint's 3g network is. If you decide to stay with sprint you have to pay the $50 restocking fee, but if you are a long time sprint customer like I am, trying out another carrier will be an eye opening experience.
FYI - This did NOTHING to improve my speed, I just attempted, the update completed, I rebooted, still getting 0.17Mpbs down and 0.10 Up
That's because this isn't a solution. It's a gimme by the reps that keeps getting promoted around here as a fix because the real solution is with Sprint upgrading the network. All a PRL update does is tell your phone which cell towers to prioritize over others and in which order. That's it. The result is that at the end of the update your phone reboots the cellular connection. If you have an older PRL that may result in your phone picking a better connection to a tower. You would get the same effect of the PRL update by simply switching Airplane Mode on and then switching it back off.
Lastly, updating your PRL when you already have a current PRL is like reinstalling the same OS or software over and over again. It changes nothing because nothing has changed. You're just beating your head against the wall expecting that something different will happen the next time. Definition of insanity.