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Old 04-20-2009, 12:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I have been having some wifi issues, so I turned off wifi, and went out for some coffee, while waiting in the parking lot at starbucks ( no, the wifi wasn't picking up ) I noticed super fast download speeds. Seemed very snappy. Mind you, I have only had this phone for 5 days, but it seems so much faster than my unlocked iphone did.

So, I came home, and sitting in the parking lot, I googled up some speed tests for mobile phones and ran them in OPERA...

Some sites said the speed test was "too fast" even when downloading the 1 mb file...

What is maximum K/sec download via edge? I would like to do some more testing just to see what I am really getting. Does anyone know of an accurate site to run some speed tests? Do I need to clear the cache in Opera? Any help so I can get some accurate info on my data speeds...

I just ran this on znet.uk
I got 7816 kbits in 6.98 seconds.. this can't be right?
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The download speed you quoted at the end of your post is nearly 1 Mb speed. That's just not possible on EDGE (2G). That's cushy for real-world 3G, actually. Something is being cached.

HOWEVER, I will assume the switch you've made is from a first-gen iPhone on T-Mobile to a second-gen Curve also on T-Mobile. In that case, you should notice substantial gains. Not that good, though. LOL

How did you "turn off WiFi"? The settings required for Starbucks hotspots are hard-coded into T-Mobile phones with WiFi and will automatically connect. The only way that it wouldn't is if you actually disabled the WiFi radio.

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Old 04-20-2009, 01:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Opera uses web proxy so the speed you are getting isn't anywhere close to real. It might be real for going from the Opera proxy to wherever, but not back and forth to your BB.

EDGE runs at 50 to 125 kbps average with an absolute max of 386 kbps. The fasted I have ever seen is in the neighborhood of 300 kbps, but its generally around 90-100 kbps.

Your speed really depends on many things, such as the connection itself, device processor, device memory and distance to the tower. Voice and data congestion at the tower can also have an effect as voice generally takes precedence over data.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just go to the App World and download the free Speed Test App, great for all kind of connections.
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