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Faster, faster... [May. 9th, 2008|11:01 am]
The Love Bug
So, it would seem that T-Mobile have just upgraded their network in our area.

Whereas we would only have the option of a strong GPRS (2.5G) or weak 3G signal, we now have a strong GPRS or a not-quite-so-strong-but-stronger-than-3G HSDPA (3.5G) signal!

Now HSDPA is supposed to give you data speeds comparable to that of a home broadband service. I clocked the speed (using Mobile Speed Test) at 360kbps (with a 1MB data transfer) this morning, which is not too bad bearing in mind the relatively weak signal. On GPRS (as I am at the moment), the data speed is around 39kbps (with a 100KB data transfer) - dial-up speeds!

I hope that they improve the HSDPA service in our area, so I don't have to waste my battery life on WiFi networks instead!

Amusingly, as I type this, I've just lost signal altogether! Oh, it's back again now.
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[User Picture]From: stainsteelrat
2008-05-09 10:06 am (UTC)
I'm curious as to whether phones tend to support 3G or HSDPA, or both?

Although this might explain why my TyTN switches between an "H" and a "3G" in the status bar...
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2008-05-09 10:09 am (UTC)
I would guess that phones would have to be backwards compatible.

All phones that support HSDPA must support 3G, EDGE, GPRS etc.

I suppose that all new "3rd generation" phones will support HSDPA now anyway.
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