How many 3G bars do you get? What is your download speed?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by shinenjk, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. shinenjk macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2008
    Boston, MA
    I ask this because I noticed in some posts how people claim they get full 5 bars of 3G but with download speeds of under 1000kbps which doesn't correlate with my # of 3G bars & speed. So I want to compare the results from around the world to see what the general speed range is for each bar.

    I just did two speed tests using sitting in my room:

    With 1 bar I get 1350kbps.

    With 2 bars I get 2000kbps.

    Post your results!
  2. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2008
    I haven't found any way to correlate the number of bars to my download speed. With 1-2 bars, I can get anywhere from 450k to 1300k, if I do several tests from the same location within a couple of minutes. When I get 4-5 bars, I get the same wildly-different results, so there seems to be no observable difference in speed based on the number of bars shown.

    In the past 15 minutes, or so, I did a few checks and found I'm getting about 1250-1350 kbps and I'm only showing zero to 1 bar of strength from my current position.
  3. pj rage macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2008
    Yeah, I haven't noticed any real difference between 1 bar and 5.
  4. jw nyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2008
    Can somebody in NYC area tell me what type of 3G download speeds they are getting. I see all these posts of well over 1000 kbps speeds but I have never come close to that number. Thanks.
  5. randymac88 macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2008
    NYC here. In general I get crappy speeds, particularly downtown/East Village. I dont think i've ever broken 500 kbps in the East Village where I live, but typically am in the 100-250 kbps range and I test all the time on Lots of times my phone drops back to edge as well.

    Uptown, on the upper east side at my girlfriend's place, I test both my phone and my GF's phone (we both got 3g's at the same time), and we get anywhere from 400-600 kbps - pretty consistently in that range.

    Strangely, at my office in midtown (34th and Park), when I'm actually INSIDE my office on the 6th floor, I get excellent speeds, consistently over 1 mbps, usually around 1.2-1.5 mbps. But strangely as soon as I go down to street level, i'm back into the 400-500 kbps range.

    This weekend I tested at a restaurant at 22nd and Park, and i got 1.2-1.5 mbps.

    So the bottom line, it seems like I get better speeds in midtown, but upper east and downtown/east village, the signal is generally crappy.
  6. D3lta macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2008
    Cupertino, California
    With 5 bars in a 3G area I get about 1.1mbps...

    Isn't AT&T's cap at 1.4mbps? So how could you be getting close to 2mbps?
  7. jw nyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2008
    I work in Tribeca and live in Murray Hill. Always around 200-500 kbps. Wish I was getting some of the speeds others on this forum have been getting.
  8. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
  9. HaroldC macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    In my office, 42nd @ Grand Central:

    5 bars 3G - 221 kbps
    5 bars Edge - 215 kbps

    That's a bit pathetic, no?
  10. jw nyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2008
    Okay good at least I know its not my phone and it's just at&t's 3G coverage in Manhattan.
  11. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    With one bar of 3G I get around 700-800kbps and with 5 bars I get around 1300kbps.

    With 3-5 bars of EDGE I get around 150-300kbps.
  12. SilentLoner macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    just tested my wifi on it and are the servers in the us as they are wrong from UK iphoner's
  13. badmammajamma macrumors newbie


    Jun 22, 2008
    Denver, CO
    Downtown Denver, inside building:

    Edge - 5 bars - 215 Kbps / 26 kB/s (transferred 256 KB in 9.8 sec)

    3G - 5 bars - 1255 Kbps / 153 kB/s (transferred 1536 KB in 10.0 sec)

    wifi - strong signal - 1307 Kbps / 160 kB/s (transferred 3328 KB in 20.9 sec)

    I'm not so sure about the accuracy of this test. Just ran the 3G test a few more times, ranged from 855 Kbps to 1621 Kbps.
  14. sms0217ny macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2008
    office @ 45th and lex, Midtown Manhattan

    5 bars 3G: 421 kbps
    3 bars Edge: 208 kbps

  15. andyblila macrumors 65816


    Jul 8, 2008
    On My iPhone, or my iPad?
  16. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Austin, Texas
  17. fastbite macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    one? Just bloody one bar! Biut it works fine so I don't get it.:confused:
  18. shinenjk thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2008
    Boston, MA
    Yea this is why I started this thread but I sort of get it now. Would it be a good analogy to compare 3G bars & download speeds to a wireless connection running on cable internet?

    From my experience with using wireless, it doesn't matter if I have 1 bar or 5 bars. I still get the same speed. Except that with 1 bar, the connection isn't as reliable as having 5 bars. So with 3G, I'm assuming it's the same thing? Basically, I'm saying the # of bars = how stable/reliable the connection is and it has nothing to do with speed. It seems like the normal range of speed is ~1000kbps to ~1500kbps regardless of the # of 3G bars looking at people's posts.

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