Speedtest vs Reality

lavrishevo

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LTE is great. I think we can all agree on this. There is a fundamental concept that is not considered though. You may be seeing as high as nearly 60 mbps via speed testing but will you not actually get even close to that surfing and or downloading. We are at the mercy of whatever server we are connected to. Depending on the the website and how much they fork over to their hosting services is what you will be limited by. LTE is still great but don't expect to see anywhere close to these speeds in reality.
 
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robdam1001

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LTE is great. I think we can all agree on this. There is a fundamental concept that is not considered though. You may be seeing as high as nearly 60 mbps via speed testing but will you not actually get even close to that surfing and or downloading. We are at the mercy of whatever server we are connected to. Depending on the the website and how much they fork over to their hosting services is what you will be limited by. LTE is still great but don't expect to see anywhere close to these speeds in reality.
#DebbieDowner


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MR1324

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Nov 22, 2010
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this is true. i am only able to max out my download rate at about 15mbps when i tether my desktop to it. with upload, it is about 150k. when i test the lte on its own, i see 40/20mbps
 

menist

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Jun 10, 2010
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Mbps is deceiving, your actual download/upload speed is measured by KBps. Run a speed test in KBps and see what you get. for example, Att LTE in Elk Grove, CA here is 3002kb down and 1704kb up. That equals 3 mega bytes down and 1700 mega bytes up. Not bad, faster than Comcast.
 

KoukiFC3S

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Jul 4, 2010
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I stream music while updating all my apps while browsing the web. :D

This should max out at least 10Mbps!
 

BFizzzle

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May 31, 2010
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Mbps is deceiving, your actual download/upload speed is measured by KBps. Run a speed test in KBps and see what you get. for example, Att LTE in Elk Grove, CA here is 3002kb down and 1704kb up. That equals 3 mega bytes down and 1700 mega bytes up. Not bad, faster than Comcast.
what?
Mbps is deceiving, your actual download/upload speed is measured by KBps.
where it is measured in mbps kbps mb/s kb/s your actual internet speed is the same..

and the OP. im sure most people understand that you can only donwload as fast as the server on the source of the file. I fail to see your point of the post. there are several places online that can allow me to download at 50mbps 5mb/s.. for starters i just downloaded an app that was 50 mb in 10 seconds. hmm thats 5 mb/s... reality
 

apprunner

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Jun 26, 2010
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LTE is great. I think we can all agree on this. There is a fundamental concept that is not considered though. You may be seeing as high as nearly 60 mbps via speed testing but will you not actually get even close to that surfing and or downloading. We are at the mercy of whatever server we are connected to. Depending on the the website and how much they fork over to their hosting services is what you will be limited by. LTE is still great but don't expect to see anywhere close to these speeds in reality.
REality is that the LTE connection is faster than most people's home wifi which is waaay good enough. I'm treating my Iphone 5 like my ipad in terms of surfing because the experience is very similar. I can safetly say I wouldn't feel that way about my 4s. The LTE really makes the surfing experience 5x better than the 4s IMO :)
 

menist

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Jun 10, 2010
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what?

where it is measured in mbps kbps mb/s kb/s your actual internet speed is the same..

and the OP. im sure most people understand that you can only donwload as fast as the server on the source of the file. I fail to see your point of the post. there are several places online that can allow me to download at 50mbps 5mb/s.. for starters i just downloaded an app that was 50 mb in 10 seconds. hmm thats 5 mb/s... reality
That was my point. Not many ppl knows the difference between mega bits per second and mega bytes per second. I know ppl's that thinks their getting 60 mega bytes\s when they ran their speed test, lol.