Browser wrote:If you want to test your data speeds, you can download a free app called "Speedtest". My download/upload speeds on whatever ST uses (3G? 4G?) in my home measured, surprisingly, equivalent to, or even a little faster than, my Verizon Wifi speeds (over 6 Mbps down, about 1.3 Mbps up). But I could barely get any coverage where I went to vote yesterday- about 50 Kbps down- effectively useless. I have no idea how often that happens.
Well, I just did that. There is an app called Speedtest and another one called Speedtest.net. I used both and they disagree somewhat. When connected via a home WiFi cable internet I got around 5-6 Mbps down and 1.5 Mbps up also. But when connected via AirVoice data my download was a whopping 9 Kbps and upload around 15 Kbps. The connection speed that is displayed on the phone is HSPA with 5 bars, which is as good as it gets with this service, based on my experience so far. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about HSPA+ connection speeds:HSPA+ provides an evolution of High Speed Packet Access and provides data rates up to 168 Megabits per second (Mbit/s) to the mobile device (downlink) and 22 Mbit/s from the mobile device (uplink).
I'd say that speedtest.net (and speedtest too) are showing speeds considerably short of this. I don't understand these results. The speeds shown are so slow they would be useless. What gives here?
I think HPSA+ might be what Straight Talk is using as well, though it shows up as 4g on my phone. I don't know. They only offered 3g when I started the service and I haven't kept up. I do remember, I think, reading that the Nexus 4 is only capable of 3g, but the difference shouldn't be so great.
I would recommend repeating the speed test in various locations. It could be that you just get bad signal where you live. I don't quite understand why location should make that much of a difference, but I got 6.30 Mbps in my living room, just under 3 Mbps on a downtown street corner, and an awful ~50Kbps in the polling place. It could also be time-dependent rather than so location-dependent, but others on this site have had much more experience with it than I and could probably answer those questions.
50 Kbps is painful enough to make it not worth paying for, I found out about the 50Kbps because when I voted, there was a third party candidate running (for Hillary's old senate seat) on the "Twelve Visions Party" ticket and it sounded bizarre and scary enough that I immediately turned to Wikipedia to find out who these people were. I gave up after waiting almost 5 minutes for Wikipedia to load. Definitely not worth the effort.
If those are speeds you get consistently, I'd definitely give Air Voice a call and find out what gives.
I've only been working with this for two days so my experience is limited.