Is bluetooth transfer speed slower than 3G for tethering?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by yalag, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    Is bluetooth transfer speed slower than 3G for tethering? Will I be able to make use of my 3G fully using bluetooth or do I have to use USB?
     
  2. macrumors G3

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    Atlanta, GA
    #2
    PdaNet tethers via wifi.
     
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    Phil A.

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    IIRC, bluetooth maxes out at 1MB/S so you will definitely get better speed from USB (not to mention that Bluetooth will probably flatten your battery in pretty short order!)
     
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    PoitNarf

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    It seems that Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR has a transfer rate of 3.0Mbps. I can't find anything that indicates Bluetooth 2.1 having a higher transfer rate. So if you did indeed get a connection greater than 3Mbps on your iPhone then the bluetooth tethering could be a potential bottleneck.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth#Uses
     

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