The http://androidforums.com/optimus-m-...nal-updating-your-preferred-roaming-list.html got me wondering. Is there any way to increase the throughput on our devices? Unfortunately, we are all to familiar with the slow as molasses data transfer on the 1x MetroPCS network, which we can do nothing about until MetroPCS decides to upgrade their equipment but, maybe there is a way to streamline or tweak the throughput and gain a few extra kbps. With that said, I decided to try Masqed Crusader, an application for rooted phones that claims to increase throughput by forcing the use of Google's Fast DNS Servers and by locally caching nameserver data. While not a free application, there is a trial version that will allow you a few days of using the main function, which is local caching of DNS and the advertised hook to Googles fast DNS servers. Masqued Crusader also has a few other functions, like ad blocking and the ability to use OpenDNS when you'd like a little more privacy from the prying eyes of Google's DNS servers. I'm only going to focus on the advertised data throughput increase functionality. To test data throughput I'm using a free tool from The Market, Open Signals Maps It's a very straight forward application that has the ability to test WiFi and Data transfer speeds. In almost real time it shows the cell towers your connected to and their location relevant to yours, which is then over-layed onto Google Maps. I highly recommend this for your toolbox. Onto the tests. My PRL version is 3018, which was recently updated from v3017. Before I began testing, I used Open Signals Maps to check my signal strength to one of the three towers I get signals from when I'm at home. Average distance to each tower is around 1.25 miles as the crow flies. Using my phones default settings, I ran 7 consecutive tests, taking care to leave the phone static so that no processes, like the accelerometer or gyro would compete for power or processor usage. After each test, I was also careful to make sure the tests were complete and that all data transfers had ceased before looking at the results and beginning the next test. Unfortunately I had one connection failure during the this run of seven but considered it real world data that could be a result of the default settings, so I left it. Now for Masqed Crusader and 7 more consecutive tests using the same care I took with the previous seven. Hopefully no one will fault me for this but I obviously ran the 7 Masqed Crusader tests prior to running the 7 without, but I don't believe the overall data/results were skewed, or screwed. In the final analysis, it does appear that Masqed Crusader was able to do what it claimed. Since I had a lost connection during default testing, I omitted the lowest up and down from the averages in the Masqed Crusader results. Default Download Speed Averaged 16.5 kbps Default Upload Speed Averaged 42.6 kbps Masqed Crusader Download Averaged 24.8 kbps Masqed Crusader Upload Averaged 100.1 kbps Not shown are the ping results. Default settings, pings were around 400-500ms. Masqed Crusader, pings were averaging a little better 350-450ms Well, that's it. I'm not shilling for Masqed Crusader but it does seem to do exactly what it advertises. If, after a few days of test driving the trial you find that it benefits you, I hope you'll purchase the application from the developer.