1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

Slow 3G speeds?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by JRSly, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. JRSly

    JRSly Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    15
    Posts:
    63
    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009

    Oct 31, 2009
    63
    0
    15
    I apologize if this is not quite the right place for this thread, please feel free to move it wherever it might be better suited.

    This is my first smartphone and my first experience with any sort of high-speed mobile internet, so talk to me like an idiot. :) But my 3g speeds seem to be incredibly slow and I'm hoping there's something I can do about it.

    I might've just chalked it up to poor coverage in this area, but I get consistent 4 bars and I've ran SpeedTest.net and XtremeLabs Speedtest and, oddly, I'm getting very high numbers for upload speeds which seems to suggest the network is fine in this vicinity and something else is going on. WiFi speeds are perfect, very quick.

    Here are the results of my most recent tests.

    SpeedTest.net

    Download: 100 kbps
    Upload: 855 kbps

    XtremeLabs

    Max Download: 100.2 kbps
    Upload: 223.6 kbps (Don't know about the large discrepancy here)

    So is there any course of action I can take to improve the situation? I've not tested speeds at any other locations yet(just got the phone Wednesday) but the high upload speed seems to tell me that it's not just a matter of my house being a 3g dead zone. And of course, this is my first experience so maybe I'm completely wrong with all my assumptions.
     

    Advertisement

  2. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    128
    Posts:
    1,640
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009

    Nov 11, 2009
    1,640
    59
    128
    Mortgage Underwriter
    Rochester, NY
    I got similar results the first time I ran a speed test, but then I realized that I was doing it at work where my signal strength was fluctuating, even though I was in 3g coverage. When I tried it again at home (where my signal is a steady 4 bars) my speeds were significantly higher.
     
  3. Howie

    Howie Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    148
    Posts:
    1,412
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2009

    Oct 28, 2009
    1,412
    71
    148
    IT
    Central NY
    yeah I usually average 450kbps
     
  4. colnago

    colnago Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    243
    Posts:
    3,091
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009

    Nov 17, 2009
    3,091
    218
    243
  5. JRSly

    JRSly Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    15
    Posts:
    63
    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009

    Oct 31, 2009
    63
    0
    15
    Ha, I was incredulous...again I thought the high upload speeds contradicted this idea, but like I also said I don't really have much knowledge when it comes to these things. But I just tried the tests again in the other side of the room and I got 1.5 Mbs...so yeah, it can vary wildly based on location. Wow.
     
  6. colnago

    colnago Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    243
    Posts:
    3,091
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009

    Nov 17, 2009
    3,091
    218
    243
    Yeah, its typical for me to see ~250kb up/ 700kb down. Does anyone know if VZ uses different channels for send/receive? Maybe this partly explains the 3G/1x switching issue, along with the flip-flop web speeds, and 1-way echo on non-DROID end.
     
  7. MSU

    MSU Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    35
    Posts:
    77
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2009

    Nov 9, 2009
    77
    0
    35
    MidWest
    I'm streaming pandora right now and I'm in my office. I get 891kbps dwn adn 615 up

    Now I stopped pandora and walked to window and get 1920 kbps dwn & 620 up
     

Share This Page

Loading...