A wireless carrier is rarely ever equipped with a clean slate. In one way or another, something is usually tarnishing their name. AT&T has been the focus point for a lot of people over the last few years, especially after the wildly successful launch of the iPhone. The carrier’s network in certain locations in the United States, namely San Francisco and New York City, seemed to take heavy hits due to huge traffic hikes. But now that the iPhone is available on another carrier, there's a point here that AT&T can regain some network strength, and show it off with their step up to 4G. However, this high-speed upload situation for their AT&T-branded devices is developing into a joke, with the Samsung Focus the newest addition to the punch-line.

The HSUPA drama started earlier this year, right after the launch of the wireless carrier’s 4G-enabled devices. While the handsets are powerful in their own right, people were expecting 4G speeds when they used the devices, but AT&T wasn’t allowing the handsets to access high-speed uploads. It went on and on, with AT&T denying that they were capping anything, to the company eventually saying that they had to do some extra testing and that future devices would be enabled with the service out of the box.

And for the most part, it seems that AT&T is sticking to their guns on this one. While we already know that the iPhone 4 is capable of high-speed uploads, and as of right now it seems that AT&T is content with this. However, the wireless carrier is intending on making their 4G-enabled devices capable of the faster speeds, and that seems to be a step in the right direction. But, as I've noted in the past, this doesn't seem like a legitimate strategy to go about things. We've seen the wireless carrier keep the general consumer in the dark regarding their 4G devices, and to me it seems that if you're trying to sell your network as moving faster, you may need more than one device capable of accessing those speeds.

So how does the Samsung Focus come into all of this? It's a strange story, but it is one that shows that the modding community for these handsets is a loud one. While officially the Samsung Focus doesn't feature HSUPA, some owners were able to tinker and access the faster upload speeds on their devices. Of course, this isn't what AT&T (or Samsung, by default) intended out of the box, and so reports coming after the release of the NoDo update for Windows Phone 7 on AT&T's network for the Focus disabling HSUPA are affecting a very limited number of people. But, these people are loud, and making it seem like this is a widespread issue. One that's affecting all Focus owners.

There's no denying that AT&T has a lot of work to do on their 4G network, and we're not talking about laying down the infrastructure to get it working. While people are upset about their 4G devices not being able to access 4G speeds on the upload side of things, AT&T has to not only define what their 4G is speed wise, but also which devices can access it. And, if a particular device can't access it, why not ? Especially if it's got that 4G tacked on there.

AT&T’s going to keep doing what they’re doing, but do you think their position in all of this is wrong? Or do you think they’re allowed to do whatever they want, even if they aren’t being clear about the reasons? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Gerardo Ortega You think LTE is fast, wait until Sprint upgrades to Wimax 2 , it should be 5 times faster than LTE.
Michael Diaz Yeah its all about verizon unlimited internet throttleing i love it when my internet gets slow. NOT!
Jonathan Hernandez for more info AT&T buy T mobile for use T mobile satellite
Zach Cline AT&T sucks.
Devlin Robear AT&T just sucks at everything. Verizon or Sprint is the way to go.
Edgar Llama Neither att or tmobile have 4g only verizon metro pcs and sprint have 4g
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Chad Richter @ jeremy, verizon still offers unlimited data. At&t is just a worthless as t-bag mobile. Verizon and spring need to merge verizon service with sprint pricing would dominate!
Ryan Hathaway How can a company 'ruin' something that it does not have? Even so, advertising product as being 4G and then purposely disabling the higher speeds they're supposedly rated for is bad business.
Fan OfDreaming No. They didn't even have there's on yet n that is false advertising, but if any1 has ruined it I feel that maybe it has been Verizon
John Cruz Yes because at&t sucks
Wais Hamidi T-Mobile kills.
Raquel Mejia Fuck!!!!!!!!!!! AT&T, I mean what the fuck dose at&t stand for anyway, I hope the FCC blocks the t-mobile at&t deal, I love my tmo.
Marcus NinersEmpire ATT just sucks anyways
Matthew Lynn Lesley How could att possibly "ruin" 4g?
Danny Sedano Yup thats y verizon is the best! I know they took a long time to get the 4g devices but like they always say they safe the best for last!!
Joseph Jones Only Verizon and Metro PCS have 4G at the moment. They barely even have 3G.
Addicus Brown Every company that will throttle your speed on "unlimited usage" plans is ruining 4G. Why have a multimedia phone if you can't really use it?
Jason Torchy AT&T is ruining everything about the telecom industry.
Jeremy Oliver Att sucks period..same with verizon..both over priced and have data limits.. I got tired of paying out the rear for crap..flashed my verizon incredible to metro. 40 bucks a month..and with gas prices the way they are..need all the extra cash I can get.lol
Sayeed Gallant DAMN RIGHT!
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Alex Castillo Verizon has true 4g
Michael Diaz Its all about at&t.
Jamele Haynes When did they get 4g?
Daniel Bogarin verizon!!!
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Brad Blackstone Yes. I had to root my inspire to get those "4g" speeds.
Tony Abiama This topic didn't have a chance with that title, lol.
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Bryan West Is you is or is you ain't?
Angel Ortiz They suck
Dietrich Brown No the big 4 is ruining 4g by selling something that they cant provided!!! 4g means 100 mbps last I checked.
Johnny Torres Yes my tmobile 4G speeds have decreased since the hostile take over....
Derrick Wimberly Jr. AT&T runs the show
Ivan Alvarado No t mobile is running 4G.
Derek C Jones AT&T is Gawd!!
Rhonda Hill "Is we" supposed to understand this title post?? Wow guys it looks like AT&T is ruining everything... so badly they even made PhoneDog's grammar go down a few notches. LOL but it's okay we is love PhoneDog! :)))
Christopher A Garcia Is At&t is ruining my sandwich talk
Michael Major Lol.. nice title
Greg Smart is At&t is ruining 4g?
Derek Sevilla They ruin it by buying t-mobile because at&t knows that they can never beat them. Further more, if t-mobile were to merge with some company it should be with sprint as the phones combined are crazy and the prices as well
Becky Parker only waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay AT&T is running 4G is off a Sprint 4G card
Jonathan Hernandez they suck foreal I stay wit t mobile
Anh-Tuan Le AT&T ruins everything.
Zach Ortstadt No. I have AT&T and they are awesome. They are making things better
Brandon White Wow I think the first thing people asked was who in the heck did not double check lol."Is AT&T is ruining 4G"
Tom Garcia HSPA+ is not 4g.
Dave Torres The only thing there running is good people coming over from Tmobile soon.
Eric Tran It's their motto.
Jonathan Hernandez No company is tuning 4g not even t mobile I thing that the phone is 4g is faster but not the signal that's a huge and big lie BTW I got the my touch 4g and is fast I mean it but is not 4g
Melvin Mejia you mean AT&T is RUNNING things..Yes they r
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Ryan Montoya they ruin everything!
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