Shouldn't 3G speed be 3G speed regardless of the device?
January 6, 2011 6:21 AM Subscribe
When do device capabilities determine 3G possibilities?
I have two 3G devices, one is consistently nearly 2.5x faster than the other. Is this normal, or is something wrong?
posted by bricksNmortar to technology (12 answers total)
I live in the country and do not have any hi-speed Internet access through cable or DSL.
About a year ago I bought a Blackberry that offered tethering and experienced hi-speed browsing from home. It was great. Late last Fall I upgraded to 3G Blackberry and the tethering was even faster.
A week ago I bought an AT&t MiFi, which is advertised as 3G. It's great. It creates a 3g wi-fi network in my home allowing the son with the Xmas ipod Touch to surf, text & download apps.
The 3g MiFi seemed so much faster that the 3G tethering on my laptop, so I ran a series of "modem speed tests," and sure enough. The Mifi unit is almost consistently 2.5 times faster in both uploads and downloads. (1.7Mb download & 1Mb upload average for the MiFi and .7Mb down and .4 up tethering).
Of course I called and without offering the results of my test asked the question "should the speeds be comparable?" Of course they would be I was told. When I offered the results of my test, I was then told that because the Mifi unit only does what it does, and the Blackberry does so much more like calendar, phone, apps, etc that the BB should not be expected to run as fast.
And that's what doesn't compute for me. Shouldn't 3G speed be 3G speed regardless of the device?