- 03-05-2011, 12:19 AM #26
- 03-08-2011, 12:16 PM #28
So many things can affect a speedtest, including but not limited to tower load, your specific location, your speed, traffic on the backhaul, the number of hops between your phone and the server location, the reliability of the server's ISP, overall internet traffic, installation of LTE, etc. etc. And don't forget, if you're not in a VZW backhaul location (i.e. NY has Verizon fiber everywhere, probably not where I am in New Orleans), you don't know how far your data travels. Through traceroutes it seems my data travels through Dallas, even if I'm running a traceroute to a server physically located next to me (i.e. my home internet).
You have to take multiple speedtest samples from multiple server locations over many days to see if you're experiencing any real effect. I would doubt that, unless you're hitting well over 10 gigs usage in a month (and I mean WELL over), you're probably not getting capped.
- 03-26-2011, 06:03 AM #29
Sorry to bring up an old post, but wanted to give an update. Visiting a friend in eastern North Carolina. Back home in Greenville, SC, I average around 500-600 Kbps, with the occasional 1 Mbps.
Here, I have yet to get under 2 Mbps. So, at least to me, it is a tower issue, as the have stated the recently did work on the towers. My feeling is that they are continuing to work on them as Greenville is due to get 4G this summer. Hopefully the upgrades for 4G help 3G speeds.
- 03-26-2011, 07:57 AM #30
- 03-26-2011, 11:11 AM #31
I have come to terms that my VZW data speeds where i live are just flat out garbage. Data speeds in Jackson/Humboldt, TN rarely top 0.70 Mbps with 5 bars and that's on a good day. My EVO got 1.3 Mbps with 1-2 bars in same testing locations.
So maybe not throttling for me just awful data. Sprint to VZW was a definite step backwards but I did it for the 4G which is coming to my area by the end of 2011!
- 03-26-2011, 01:01 PM #32
- 03-26-2011, 02:29 PM #33
When I had AT&T and the 3GS, I had maybe 1-2 bars of service and switched between 3G and edge way too often but still pulled down 1.5-2 mbps easily, same locations I'm at now. That was around April of 2010. If Sprint had better phone choices I'd say they might be the best CDMA choice if data is your main use.
In Memphis, TN I'm getting some of the fastest speeds i have ever seen on VZW.
- 03-27-2011, 03:28 PM #34
- 03-27-2011, 05:16 PM #35
- 04-03-2011, 05:37 PM #36
I started a thread a while back http://forum.tipb.com/verizon-iphone...ad-speeds.html asking for people to post their speeds.
While I had an AT&T and my wife had a VZW iPhone 4, I always had a higher DL speed comparted to her (sometimes more than 1Mbps) but in real world tests... such as downloading the same app or opening a webpage we're always very close to completion time. In fact she wins sometimes.
Take that for what it's worth. The speed test apps are nice but I don't believe they give real world results.
- 04-03-2011, 07:58 PM #37
- 04-03-2011, 11:51 PM #38
- 04-04-2011, 08:16 AM #39iPhone Beginner
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- 04-04-2011, 01:42 PM #40
- 04-04-2011, 02:19 PM #41
I think there is something going on with my data speeds..... Some days I do a test and get really good results, but on MOST days, on the speedtest.net app I get really crappy download speeds of .30-.50 mbs and the upload speed is usually almost DOUBLE the download speeds....
I am in a rural area and previously had Sprint before the Verizon iPhone, sprint coverage was spotty, but in my area I would consistently get speeds anywhere from .80-1.5 mbs with only 3 bars.... On Verizon, I have good coverage, at least 4 bars almost everywhere, but the data speeds SUCK..
- 04-04-2011, 05:02 PM #42
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- 04-04-2011, 06:53 PM #44
- 04-05-2011, 01:48 PM #45iMore Newbie
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I was told that there is no issue and that I should pay for an extender box. I don't think it's right that I should pay for an extender box so that I can make and receive phone calls. I guess that I am getting AT&T style service from Verizon now. Should have just switched to them in the first place.
Thankfully when it comes to data through wireless I get 28mbps down ways and 26mbps upways or the phone would be unusable at all.
- 04-05-2011, 01:52 PM #46iPhone Beginner
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- 04-05-2011, 09:26 PM #47
- 04-06-2011, 01:52 AM #48
- 04-07-2011, 07:37 AM #49
I tried two methods, screen shots below. Both better than I had been experiencing in the past (on average).
But what really made things better for me? I stopped obsessing about it. In actual use, I have noticed exactly zero issues with speed. So I finally asked myself, "did I buy this phone to continuously test the speed? Or did I get it to enjoy?"
I must say, I am happier with the phone when I don't worry about it.
- 04-07-2011, 04:37 PM #50