Sprint Subscribers Complain of Slow iPhone Data Speeds

Sprint is off to a rough start as the third major U.S. carrier to offer the iPhone.

Many – although it isn’t clear just how many – Sprint subscribers are complaining of slow data speeds after activating their iPhone 4S on the Sprint network last weekend.

While it is safe to assume that most Sprint subscribers haven’t experienced the same issues, Sprint isn’t taking too kindly to the criticisms.

While not dismissing the allegations of slow data speeds, Sprint says only a small number of customers have complained. The carrier is also promisingly to look into the matter in hopes of improving the problem for those who have experienced it.

“As always, Sprint is carefully monitoring the performance of the 3G network,” the carrier said in a statement provided to PC Magazine. “We are looking into a small number of reports of slow data speeds when using the iPhone 4S, however there are also reports showing that Sprint’s network is the fastest, such as the Gizmodo report that came out earlier today.”

“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 added to its statement. “Sprint will continue to monitor the feedback we are getting from our customers and will investigate and resolve any issues that may arise.”