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  1. Thai

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    Hey all,

    Today, i set my Epic to 4G Hotspot activation. Then, i setup my Apple Itouch to connect WiFi with my Epic. I ran Speedtest.net app on my Itouch. This is with my Epic connected to 4G.

    Apple Ipod Touch 64 gb: (in kbps)
    DL UL
    255 871
    341 899
    263 892
    225 880

    Are these good speeds Hotspot? It seems like DownLoad is kinda slow, although UpLoad speed seems good.

    With the same tower and still connected with my Itouch (but Itouch not running any program), my Epic got:

    DL UL
    5818 1104

    This is the typical speeds that i get with 4G connection with my Epic.

    What do you guys think? Is my Hotspot speeds OK?

    Thanks in advance.
     

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    Seems pretty bad. What do you get with 3G?
     
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    With Hotspot, you can only use it with 4g. With future 2.2, I guess that you can do it via 3G.
     
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    So not ture!!
     
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    Which part?
     
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    I've used my Epic's hotspot with 3G, to have a FaceTime call. It worked quite well. Anyway, closest 4G is miles away from me. But 3G is quite solid here, 1.5mbps+.
     
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    Let me try again....
     
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    I've used it on 3g
     
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    Sorry guys for passing wrong info...i just did it with 3G. Still, back to my original point, the tethering speed seems kinda low??
     
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    at home...
    Thats actually pretty good for 3G.... If you doubt it, have someone with Comcast or DSL do a speed test and compare the speeds. I'd do it if I was at home but.... well... yeah...
     
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    Actually your speeds are very good. If I can get about 200kbps DL consistently on my Sprint 4G, I'll be more than happy. In New York it averages between 10-50kbps. My numbers are based on average of what I get on my train commute of 30 miles from New Jersey to New York and based on taking more than 50 sample tests over a period of one month (mostly during rush hours 8 am-10 am and 4 pm-7pm). By same comparison Verizon MiFi was way faster. Unfortunately, I sacrificed it for Sprint 4G hotspot.
    To get a 4G signal in any Manhattan building, including Sprint stores is nigh impossible, so 4G is almost useless, unless you are outside or an homeless person,
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    Just realized it for myself tonight, actually. My 3G download tested around 1.5mbps. In the same area, a moment later (with hotspot activated) the wifi speed on my connected iPad was about 0.33. I was hoping I could cancel my AT&T monthly data plan, but I guess not. Odd because I seemingly had success before, but had never actually run Speed Test.

    And apparently this isn't the case on other android phones, like the Evo. :(
     
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    I use the epic to do tethering and it is SLOW, I cant believe that i was willing to pay for these slow speeds... .
     
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    i turned mine on and turned it off within 15 mins.

    the EVO is sooooooooooo much faster. this needs ot be addressed in an update or something.

     
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    Is it related to (lack of) Froyo? Or is this Samsung related?

    Anyway, since i don't use Hotspot much at all and considering the slow speeds, i canceled it. Instead, i bought the "protection" package for $7/month. Maybe when things improve, i will buy the option again.
     
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    Not true. In my office in Battery Park, I'm able to get 4G half the time, and was able most of the time during Sprint's early testing period. My friend who owns an Epic and can't get in-building 4G joked that Sprint was having me irradiated as, "you know, something to do."

    4G service in buildings can be annoyingly unavailable depending on where you are in NYC. But it isn't completely unavailable and I suspect it will become a lot more available in mid-to-late November. It was launched officially today, so they now have less wiggle room.

    This is exactly what happened with 3G on Sprint, BTW. The Epic has a lot of other issues, but this part's going to get better.
     
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    "Just realized it for myself tonight, actually. My 3G download tested around 1.5mbps. In the same area, a moment later (with hotspot activated) the wifi speed on my connected iPad was about 0.33. I was hoping I could cancel my AT&T monthly data plan, but I guess not. Odd because I seemingly had success before, but had never actually run Speed Test."

    I have noticed this same phenomenon. Running speedtest independently on the Epic and an iPad connected via hotspot I have noticed that with the 4G turned on the hotspot will never allow the iPad speeds over 0.4. This is the consistent result even when the Epic itself is registering advertised 4G speeds of 2.0 Mbps +. I have yet to try the hotspot on another device such as a laptop, but I am perplexed as to why this is occurring. Just likenyou stated when you turn the 4G off you get topline 3G speeds which is usually above 1mbps.
     
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    I think the 4g speeds are a bit better after the upgrade to 2.2. I didn't do the speed test to confir just a quick observation.
     

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