Interesting 4G Speed Observation


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  1. steelersmb

    steelersmb Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I live just outside of 4G coverage and when I am on 3G, I get a download speed of 864kbps and upload speed of 748 kbps. However, when I switch on 4G, even though I don't get a 4G signal, phone still says 3G, I get a download speed of 1349kbps and upload speed of 656 kbps.

    I have tested this several times and every time it is faster with the 4G switch turned on. I do have 4G coverage at work so I know for sure that I am only on 3G at home.

    I would like to see if anyone else can test this out.
     

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    I'll have to try that when I get home, cause I'm just outside of 4G as well.
     
  3. heavychevy

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    I am in a similar situation. Just about 3 miles from 4g reception. I was bored so I decided to test your theory. I took my phone with 4g turned off and ran 6 diagnostics through the speedtest app. Phone laying flat on bed, never moved the whole time.

    3G Only
    524/634
    699/612
    558/506
    676/631
    766/380
    536/588

    I switched on the 4g radio and waited approx 3 minutes

    4G radio on (but no 4g signal)
    943/537
    851/161
    752/814
    966/668
    825/296
    604/529

    For quality control I turned the 4G off again waited 3 minutes again and went back to 3G only.

    3G only (2)

    562/607
    648/460
    737/589
    787/311
    324/576
    733/634



    - Looks like the upload takes a small hit, but I'm fairly certain your theory is correct.

    - IS THIS WORTH THE BATTERY DRAIN? That's up to the user.........
     
  4. JunBringer

    JunBringer Well-Known Member

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    That is bizarre.
     
  5. ramiss

    ramiss Well-Known Member

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    Is this before or after today's update? I hear the update included a new Radio.
     
  6. dylan88

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    im in tampa (no 4G yet), and my 4G speeds with the 4G radio on (no signal) were slower than my 3G speeds.
     
  7. Kelita

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    Here are mine and I don't have 4G yet here in Tucson.

    4G
    844/492
    617/492
    715/770

    3G
    977/384
    561/450
    326/191

    When I was doing the 4G tests, I noticed the 3G signal would light up so does that mean it was using the 3g signal? I found the results interesting nonetheless. I didn't think the phone would be able to do anything with 4g on.
     
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  9. PuRock

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    I live inbetween Baltimore (Live 4G) and Washington, DC (upcoming) but I do not get 4G. I did a trial myself. All trials were averages of 5 tests.

    Test Trials
    3G 783 - 470
    4G 974 - 483
    3G 857 - 501
    4G 1172 - 569
    3G 966 - 427

    Overall Averages
    3G - 868/466 (15 tests)
    4G - 1073/526 (10 tests)


    So the theory is correct from my findings. But I am starting not to trust the speedtest.net app. It just doesn't seem to work correctly.
     
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  11. dylan88

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    no. because it is still getting the signal from a certain server. i dont see how it could inflate the results.
     
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  13. heavychevy

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    Is there another test app we can use???
     
  14. PuRock

    PuRock Well-Known Member

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    We could try the speakeasy flash test via a web browser.
     
  15. heavychevy

    heavychevy Well-Known Member

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    have a link?
     
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    been doing more tests. still no 4G signal, but the tests with the 4G radio on are slowly creeping closer to my 3G speeds.
     
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    Okay I tried a the speakeasy test and with much more sobering results than the speedtest.net.

    Trials
    3G - 1.27/.24
    4G - 1.58/.34
    3G - 1.44/.3
    4G - 1.13/.24

    Overall Averages:
    3G - 1.36/.27 (10 tests)
    4G - 1.35/.29 (10 tests)


    Almost exactly the same. So with the speedtest.net I got different results showing 4G radio on helped. But with the speakeasy test I got identical readings.
     
  20. steelersmb

    steelersmb Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I will test with speakeasy today and see what I get as well.
     
  21. Headcase_Fargone

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    Glad to see I'm not the only one getting abysmal speeds on both in Houston.
     
  22. heavychevy

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    I think you're confused, he's not actually on 4g. The 4g is just turned on and searching for a signal which it's not finding. The theory is that turning on the 4g radio boost the 3g signal when no 4g is available.

    If you are getting those speeds on and actual 4g connection something is HORRIBLY wrong.

    BTW those are some sucky speeds. Houston must be a weak spot for sprint.
     
  23. ortizdupri

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    Apparently the Speed Test app has issues and reports inaccurate results.
     
  24. Crodley

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    Trying Speakeasy from my HOME PC (NOT THE EVO) in michigan, I get 24Mbps when using the Dallas Server and only 5Mbps when using the Chicago server.

    Does anyone know why the backwards results? Why slower, the farther away? Why wildly differing result based on where you go?

    I'm just not sure how these speed tests work. :)
     
  25. mynamewastaken

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    You may be physically closer to the Chicago server but depending on your ISP, you may be logically closer to Dallas.

    At some point on the Internet your ISP peers with the provider(s) the test servers are sitting on, either directly or perhaps through one or more intermediate providers. Any one of those could be affecting your test results negatively.

    Or maybe the Chicago test server is just slammed.
     

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