3G - What's the maximum speed?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by enigma2k, May 28, 2010.

  1. enigma2k macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    I am from Europe using an US iPad. I have used the program speedtest.net (iPhone version) for a speedtest for 3G and Wlan.

    For 3G I got 5.9 Mbps down and 0.3 Mbps up
    For WLan I got 10 Mbps down and 0.8 up

    So I am really satisfied with the 3G speed here but I am wondering what the theoretically limit would be for 3G. Does it make use of HSPA+?
  2. T4R06 macrumors 65816

    Oct 8, 2007
    You are lucky.. Here in US AT&T advertised was 7.2mbps but most of us getting the maximum of 2.5mbps
  3. AppleCallum macrumors member

    May 26, 2010
    I'm sure the fastest offered 3G at the minute here in the UK is 7.2mbps
  4. enigma2k thread starter macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    That is what they advertise, but what is Steves take on this how fast his 3G iPad can theoretically go?
  5. Harmush macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
    Doesn't it depend on where you live, how many other people are using it, and a lot of other factors. I not got a 3G iPad but on my iPhone I get about 3-4mbps when out and about in Liverpool town centre.
  6. Spudracer macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2009
    Here in the US, the maximum speed on AT&T's network is TOO DAMNED SLOW! I bought a WiFi iPad for now. Maybe if the 4G networks here ever catch up to Europe I'll snag an iPad with a cellular radio. For now it's just an exercise in frustration coming from a WiFi + Broadband connection.
  7. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
    I don't know what the iPad's hardware theoretical max speed is for 3g, but AT&T's max speed is more likely the limiting factor in the U.S.

    For the record, my personal speedtest x results are typically between 1.2Mbps and 1.7Mbps, most often around 1.4Mbps. I am in northern Virginia, US. Faster is always better, but I'm satisfied.
  8. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I was wondering if the 3G iPad could handle HSPA+ as well. However, I think Jobs and AT&T would have made a big deal about that if it were true when it was launched in the U.S. Also, my next iPad will be fully 4G so who cares? :)
  9. TNSF macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Its 7.2, which is kind of a bummer for those of us that live in countries with HSPA+ 21mbps already deployed.
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009

    7.2mbs is the max throughput for the ipad 3g.

    Though most 3g networks are actually capable of 14Mbs down & 5.8Mbs up before moving to 4g.

    But to answer the op the receivier in the ipad is only able to offer upto 7.2 Mbs
  11. phjohnst macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    I just did a test with Speedtest HD in London on O2 and got 9.6Mbps

    Um..... Wha? Not that fast in normal web usage though
  12. TNSF macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    That just means the speedtest was not accurate for some reason. You can't get higher than the hardware is capable of :)
  13. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    It depends on where the phone is at in relations the the cellular towers rather than where you live. Cellular service does not care where you live.
  14. mrfrosty macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2005
    I'm getting a sustained 10Mb with my S3, which i find laughable since the piece of crap copper wire in my house from BT cannot even deliver 2Mb reliably. This and an unlimited data plan from Three and I'm very happy !
  15. number84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2011
    ^ why bring up such an old thread on 3G speeds?
  16. Eahdawn macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2012
  17. BFizzzle macrumors 68020


    May 31, 2010
    Austin TX
    mt thoughts exactly. 1st gen ipad 3g speeds. lol whew doggy
  18. aryanno1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2012
    In Australia, 4 bars signal, iPhone 5 (LTE turned off, using 3G) am getting around 10Mbps down and 1.2Mbps up. seems more than the max of 7.2?
  19. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Wow old thread to update for the iPad3 up to 21.1 Mbps with HSPA+ and up to 42 Mbps with DC-HSDPA.3

    How times change

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