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Old Jul 27, 2008, 12:02 PM   #1
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Top Speed on 3G?

I live in Phoenix, AZ and the top speed i have ever gotten is 362kbps anyone else experiencing this. it's not very fast
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 12:09 PM   #2
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I'm in TN and I get around 500 pretty consistently. That's way better than Edge.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 12:12 PM   #3
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I've heard that turning on call forwarding immediately gives you something like 150 kbps, as ordinarily the iPhone reserves some bandwidth to detect incoming calls.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 12:14 PM   #4
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I've heard that turning on call forwarding immediately gives you something like 150 kbps, as ordinarily the iPhone reserves some bandwidth to detect incoming calls.
So turning on call forwarding will increase your speed? or turning it off?
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 12:20 PM   #5
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I was getting 1-2 bars of 3g and a speed between 220kbps to 280kbps in Modesto, ca and San jose, ca, so I was not impressed, so I went to my local AT&T to ask some unrelated questions and as I waited to be helped I did some speed test. For the first time inside AT&T I had 5 bars of 3g and a max of speed of 500 Kbps (I ran 4 test). After I was done and left I walked about a 100 ft to my car and noticed I dropped back down to 1-2 bars and the same 250kbps speed.

I realized then that it was possible to get up to 500kbps but for some reason I was not getting it, and I didn't feel the need to pay more for less so I returned my phone on Friday (full refund, no restocking fee)
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 12:33 PM   #6
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I live in Phoenix, AZ and the top speed i have ever gotten is 362kbps anyone else experiencing this. it's not very fast
362 kbps!?!

Excuse me but that sucks! The US really has to catch on with its 3G.

Here in Ireland 3G speeds are around 7.2MB in cities/towns and 3.6MB in rural. Most of the Irish mobile networks are also to see a speed bump in Q4 this year or earlyish 2009.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 12:38 PM   #7
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So turning on call forwarding will increase your speed? or turning it off?
Having your call forwarding turned on, so that your calls are automatically forwarded to another number.

settings > phone > call forwarding > on > (prompts you to enter a number to have calls forwarded to)
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 02:21 PM   #8
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Well AT&T's 3G maxes out at 1.7mbps... I get around 700kbps on 3G and around 150kbps on EDGE. My area is entirely covered in 3G too, so I dunno why the speed isn't very high. Oh well, I'm on wifi most of the time anyway.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 02:27 PM   #9
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I consistently test mine at around 15XXkbps on 3G. Much faster than Edge ever was.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 02:31 PM   #10
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734kbps with three bars in NYC, damn I need to go and vist Ireland.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 02:31 PM   #11
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I usually get between 500kbps to 1500kbps depending on where I'm at in North Alabama.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 02:35 PM   #12
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Well AT&T's 3G maxes out at 1.7mbps... I get around 700kbps on 3G and around 150kbps on EDGE. My area is entirely covered in 3G too, so I dunno why the speed isn't very high. Oh well, I'm on wifi most of the time anyway.
I just tested my Iphone on the 3g Network and I got, 1.72mbps - 1723 kpbs......... :-)

Edit: tested again a few minutes later and it clocked out at 1.69Mpbs

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Old Jul 27, 2008, 02:40 PM   #13
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I just tested my Iphone on the 3g Network and I got, 1.72mbps - 1723 kpbs......... :-)
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 04:16 PM   #14
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 04:30 PM   #15
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362 kbps!?!

Excuse me but that sucks! The US really has to catch on with its 3G.
Most 3G speeds in the US are way faster than that actually. I'm regularly pegging 800 kbps through my iPhone browser, and about 1.3Mbps through a laptop (HSDPA) card.

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Here in Ireland 3G speeds are around 7.2MB in cities/towns and 3.6MB in rural.
That's because you have HSUPA, a chispet the iPhone does not have (actually, few smartphones have it). Most 3G-covered cities on the AT&T network have HSUPA 3.6 enabled, and you can get those higher speeds with a laptop card.

EDIT: current speed test...

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Old Jul 27, 2008, 04:50 PM   #16
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That's because you have HSUPA, a chispet the iPhone does not have (actually, few smartphones have it). Most 3G-covered cities on the AT&T network have HSUPA 3.6 enabled, and you can get those higher speeds with a laptop card.
Are you talking about HSDPA? Because HSUPA is about uploading speed, not downloading. Afaik the iPhone chipset supports HSDPA up to 7.2mbps but the software at the moment actually supports only 3.6mbps.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 05:08 PM   #17
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I'm home, where I use my WiFi, but I just turned it off to test. I get 2 bars of 3G inside my house, and I just tested at 914 kbps and 1023 kbps with just those two bars.

I'm in Long Beach, CA.

With my WiFi on, I'm getting 4.59 mps and thereabouts.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 05:50 PM   #18
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The UK has networks supporting 7.2mbps HSDPA ... I think we need to say whether its the quoted speed or actual speed.

For example my O2 home broadband says I have a 13mb line, but actually i only download at 1.3MB/s. My iPhone 3G downloaded 400Kb in 2.044 seconds so I'm downloading at 196Kb/sec. Which is equivalent to around a 2Mbit line in the UK.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 07:06 PM   #19
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Mine are pretty good since i get full bars for both 3G and Edge where i live in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Edge Speed is: 163 kbps
3G Speed is: 1492 kbps
Wifi Speed is: 3451 kbps
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I get a constant 4-5 bars of 3G on this island, and depending on what speed test I use I get between 500 and 1000 kbps.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 07:52 PM   #21
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That's my 3G network speeds.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 07:56 PM   #22
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3036 Kbits on wifi.

660 kbits on 3g

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Are you talking about HSDPA? Because HSUPA is about uploading speed, not downloading.
Yes, and increasing the download speed drastically reduces latency, and increases the rate at which return packets can be sent. This is what permits the download speed to increase.

Without it, HSDPA speeds will be limited.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 10:03 PM   #24
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The UK has networks supporting 7.2mbps HSDPA ... I think we need to say whether its the quoted speed or actual speed.

For example my O2 home broadband says I have a 13mb line, but actually i only download at 1.3MB/s. My iPhone 3G downloaded 400Kb in 2.044 seconds so I'm downloading at 196Kb/sec. Which is equivalent to around a 2Mbit line in the UK.
LOL your totally confused by the difference between Mbits and Mbytes!

You have a 13 Mbit ADSL2+ line. That is roughly 1.3 Mbytes per second.

Your not "Only" downloading at 1.3MB/sec - your downloading at your maximum!

ADSL2+ actually in theory can connect at up to 24 MBits (2.4 MB/sec roughly) but it depends on distance from
the exchange and the quality of your phone line - the signal to noise ration on the line is key. But ADSL2+ is distance
dependent so your'd have to live next to the phone exchange and have new wires to get the maximum speed.

(before anyone tells me that 13MBits is NOT the same as 1.3MB/sec - I said roughly - in fact it is more that 1.3MB/sec but I can't
be bothered to work it out - same goes with 24Mbits above!)
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I was getting 1-2 bars of 3g and a speed between 220kbps to 280kbps in Modesto, ca and San jose, ca, so I was not impressed, so I went to my local AT&T to ask some unrelated questions and as I waited to be helped I did some speed test. For the first time inside AT&T I had 5 bars of 3g and a max of speed of 500 Kbps (I ran 4 test). After I was done and left I walked about a 100 ft to my car and noticed I dropped back down to 1-2 bars and the same 250kbps speed.

I realized then that it was possible to get up to 500kbps but for some reason I was not getting it, and I didn't feel the need to pay more for less so I returned my phone on Friday (full refund, no restocking fee)
The reason that you were getting 5 bars of signal in the store and great speeds was due to the fact that ATT has a 3G repeater sitting in the back of the store, to make it look like the phone gets a lot better reception than it actually does. You were basically getting speeds of what it would be like standing next to a cell tower.

ATT and Apple have confirmed that they do this, and it's a marketing technique, and a very deceitful one.
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