Full speed data?

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  1. schlar01

    schlar01 Well-Known Member

    I'm not a VM customer yet but from reading around it sounds like people think VM data speeds are limited because it is prepaid? I know about the throttling after 2.5 GB.

    Just curious because I saw this on the VM web site....thoughts? I'm waiting to sign up until the HTC One V (hopefully) or an even better phone comes to VM in the next few months. One concern I had was that I might get poor speeds because it is prepaid.

    Also, is there a way to try to determine what my data speeds would be? I've looked at Sprint's coverage map but it seems like data speeds are pretty variable based on the area. Thanks!


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  2. lifeblows10

    lifeblows10 Well-Known Member

    You said it best, it is variable based on the area. I'd say you'll at least get 50kbps, which isn't bad. I get at least 100kbps on my phone. I'm in Houston BTW.
  3. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    Only two bars here upstairs in my office at home, but 99.9% of the time I'm on Wi-Fi.


    Test Date: Apr 13, 2012 4:29:32 am
    Connection Type: EvdoA
    Server: Aurora, IL
    Download: 1783 kbps
    Upload: 495 kbps
    Ping: 160 ms

    Note: Tests done to Speedtest.net servers are not indicative to what your speeds will be anywhere else.
  4. schlar01

    schlar01 Well-Known Member

    So what would be 'normal' for Sprint's network? Do the speeds look like they are throttled by default because it is prepaid or not?

  5. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    Not that I've ever been able to tell. My old roommate had an Intercept with Sprint when I use to have the Intercept from Virgin Mobile (my daughter now has that phone). Same speeds. No difference. :)

    One really can't say what the norm speeds would be as it's totally going to depend on your location.
  6. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

  7. schlar01

    schlar01 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I mostly meant the normal speeds for any given location.

    A secondary question for those that have VM - if I buy a fairly expensive phone can I return it or re-sell it on ebay if I don't get good service in my location? It seems like the coverage maps are not always a good indicator of good service. It seems like it will be OK but I'm not sure.

  8. nnickn

    nnickn Active Member

    I'm on the border of Hangover Park in Schaumburg IL, which is oddly near where NoNameFace is, and get about .75-1Mbps on my Optimus V. That is quite a difference in speed for practically being in the same city. I guess this is a good example of how Sprint is quite variable, even in the same town.
  9. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female


    Howdy neighbor! :p
  10. marc12868

    marc12868 Well-Known Member Contributor

    The normal speed... There isn't really a normal speed since Sprint's network isn't constant.

    And if you buy a phone from wherever you should have 30 days to return it for a full refund. After that you could sell it for partial price to someone on ebay or craigslist or the like.

    And yea coverage maps aren't always that accurate. I got bad signal even though according to VM's coverage charts I was in a perfect signal area...
  11. keisukehonda

    keisukehonda Well-Known Member

    I live in the D.C. area and I routinely get around 700 kbps down, I guess it all depends on your location.
  12. schlar01

    schlar01 Well-Known Member

    OK, maybe another stupid question but I have not upgraded to the smartphone world yet. Are the speeds such as 700 kbps on par with other companies 3G service, T-Mobile for example?
  13. marc12868

    marc12868 Well-Known Member Contributor

    On par with T-mo... No since they use HSPA or advanced 3g. So on T-mo 3g or as they call it 4g you would get higher speeds depending on your area. I regularly get 5+mbps down. Now comparing to Verizon or AT&T 3g it might be on par. But not compared to T-mo's...
  14. nnickn

    nnickn Active Member

    This is my extremely unscientific analysis on the subject in the Chicago area. All speeds are downloads.
    T-Mobile 2G Edge about .10mbps
    Sprint 3G CDMA Rev A. average about .75-1Mbps
    Us Cellular 3G CDMA Rev? about 1-2mbps
    AT&T 3G HSDPA average about 2-3Mbps
    Clearwire 4G WiMAX 20-28Mbps
    Verizon 4G LTE 20-70Mbps
  15. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    My boyfriend has the HTC Droid Eris with Verizon, so we did speed tests with our phones side by side on my desk. Here's the results:

    Verizon 3G

    Test Date: Apr 13, 2012 9:48:46 pm
    Connection Type: EvdoA
    Server: Chicago, IL
    Download: 862 kbps
    Upload: 447 kbps
    Ping: 121 ms
    Virgin Mobile 3G

    Test Date: Apr 13, 2012 9:49:43 pm
    Connection Type: EvdoA
    Server: Chicago, IL
    Download: 1652 kbps
    Upload: 345 kbps
    Ping: 161 ms
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  16. schlar01

    schlar01 Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone, do you find the speed to be good enough to support an occasional youtube video and general web surfing, email, etc?
  17. marc12868

    marc12868 Well-Known Member Contributor

    That really depends on where you are located and how fast your speeds are... Mine took about 5 minutes to load one page and to watch a youtube short youtube video I would probably have to let it buffer for a while... But other people have no problem so it ultimately comes down to how fast your data is.
  18. schlar01

    schlar01 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I guess the only real way to know will be to sign up and see for myself. 5 minutes is pretty unreasonable for a web page IMO. I guess you get what you pay for but my area won't have 4G for a long time.

    I know this forum isn't for T-Mobile but does anyone know how to check and see if my area is HSPA+ or is their entire network that way? Unsure of what I'm doing here.....I was also thinking about going with Str Talk with T-Mobile.
  19. marc12868

    marc12868 Well-Known Member Contributor

    T-mo's 3g network is HSPA/ HSPA+ depending on the phone you can either get HSPA or HSPA+ but you can check T-mo's coverage maps to get a general idea. Pay As You Go Coverage Map | Prepaid Coverage Zones | T-Mobile
  20. kangarooant

    kangarooant Well-Known Member

    im here in minneasota about 6 miles away from minneapolis hitting about 300kbps down and 200 up and when im in minneapolis been getting 1.5mbs down and 900kbps up :D
  21. thebryceee

    thebryceee Well-Known Member

    Not bad for 12 pm :)

  22. schlar01

    schlar01 Well-Known Member

    Not bad.....I'm probably going to sign up either here or with Boost if/when some new phones ever come out!
  23. thebryceee

    thebryceee Well-Known Member

    The Optimus Elite should be coming out some time this month and the Evo V (formerly known as Evo 3D) and the HTC One V should be coming out some time after May 27th.
  24. zachavm

    zachavm Well-Known Member

    Here's MHO. Though I don't think VM is throttled, I do think that Sprint Customers are given priority. What this means to me is that if a tower is congested, the network customers get more allocated bandwidth. If they aren't then you get the standard fair (.8-2 Mbps). I have no real basis for this opinion mind you, just my minimally educated guess.
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  25. thebryceee

    thebryceee Well-Known Member

    I used a Sprint PRL and didn't see that big a difference

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