Originally Posted by DaMaDo
I just went to http://reviews.cnet.com/7004-7254_7-0.html
with my treo 650 and ran the speed test with 4 bar reception in alexandria VA and got an average of 72 kbps with the 500k file it downloads. Can anyone test this on the 8700?
We don't care about 50 vs 100 Kbps around here...
I downloaded a 330 kilobyte file in less than 20 seconds -- over 16 kilobytes per second average -- that's almost 200 kilobits per second. Record is 242 kilobits per second for Canadian EDGE (treatz on HowardForums) and 150+ kilobits per second is easy in Canadian EDGE. But that's Rogers Canada speeds. I have noticed Cingular/AT&T speeds are usually only half of Rogers Canada speeds. Expect to get at least 80-100 Kbits/sec or so.
Also, speed tests DO NOT WORK properly on BlackBerry -- it will report something like 400 or so kilobits per second because of the compression done by the BIS/BES (it's like a web accelerator). So don't bother testing speed test websites, but test by downloading an OTA file such as http://www.verichat.com/ota/VeriChat.jad
(BlackBerry version of AIM/ICQ/MSN software)
There are other aspects of a BlackBerry that are more important -- like stability, durability, reliability -- like ability to easily survive a 4-foot drop to concreate (TREO can't do that, but BlackBerry can) -- and less crashes and reboots needed.
(Although early 7100's and certain models of BlackBerry did have stability problems, but the 8700 as a data device appears to be relatively stable straight from inception.)