Handset speedtests vs Tethered Speeds

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  1. SocialistPig

    SocialistPig Member This Topic's Starter

    Jul 6, 2010
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    Out of curiosity is anyone getting wildly different results from their handsets speedtests vs their actual download throughput?

    On 4G when I do a Speedtest using either the FCC's or Speedtest.net application I fall between 200-250K/sec, if I'm lucky regardless of server. Often less. Upload always seems to pin exactly at 1mb/sec regardless of my signal.

    On the other hand when I tether I consistently get 300K/sec. I'm starting to wonder if the Sprint Hotpot application caps at 300K/sec?

    Is there something wrong with the Speedtest app? People I can compare with here at work get better speeds on their iPhones 3G using the handset test but get AWFUL, terrible speeds tethering with their iPhones.

    Is there a reason the speedtests app do so poorly? Anyone have any idea if the Hotspot App caps throughput?

  2. dzar

    dzar Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2010
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    Have you tried a different server? Those speeds are way too low, even for 3G. I suspect the server is overloaded or on a slow piece of backbone. If all reasonable servers in the area (and by "area" I mean a 500 mile radius around you) are this slow, something else is probably to blame.

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