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  1. dgr_874

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    New Evo user here and I had a question about some weird results that I have been getting when I use the Speedtest.net app. I live in Texas right on the border with Mexico. Sprint says they have a strong 3g network all around this area. No 4G here. When I test, i only average about 130 kbps download no matter where in town I am. I average about 170 kbps upload speeds no matter where I test it. I took it into the local Sprint store and they said everything looked fine on it.

    Im confused as heck about this. I thought for sure that Sprint would have a better network than ATT in this area. I also thought that download speeds were always better than upload speeds. Do I just have a crappy network area, or is something wrong with my Evo? I have a stock Evo with the hotspot active. Thanks in advance for any help.
     

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    I'm pretty sure those are average speeds on the 3g network. If I'm sitting under a tower when I start a download on my laptop I've seen maybe 170k or so but that's about it. What speeds were you expecting?
     
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    well, in my home town (Phoenix), its not uncommon for me to get over 2.2mb down on Sprint 3G. Keep in mind, speedtest apps are not known for their accuracy.
     
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    2.2 mb download speeds would be on the extreme high end of 3g speeds. From what I have read, around 500 or 600 kb is considered a good "typical" speed for 3g.

    That being said, there is a lot that goes into actual "speed" that is not captured in a speedtest. Add that on top of the variability a program like that already contains, and it's difficult to get definite answers. The best test is your actual experience with the speed on the phone.
     
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    i really dont know what speeds i was expecting. I was hoping for something faster than ATT. Im testing the Evo right next to my iphone everywhere I go and its just as fast as the Evo at work and its much faster everywhere else in town. I guess its just the area and networks here. Thanks for the help.
     
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    did you ever change the location?

    click on the speedtest app and select change location...and pick a location that is closer to you....if you dont see a closer location close the app out and try try try again...it may take a few tries till you get a closer location!

    some times by turning the gps on and letting it run and do the same above may work!


    there is better sites out there to speed test


    http://.testmy.net/mobile is a good place to go
     
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