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Old 19-11-2012, 18:37
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The Guardian have done a test and results are in...

Download rates on Three averaged 2.73 Mbps, and Vodafone was in second place at 2.72 Mbps. O2 came in almost bang on average, at 2.64 Mbps. Orange and T-Mobile, which have been merged and now share a network, brought up the rear, reporting a combined average of 2.59 Mbps.

So all those O2 bashers out there... It seems O2 is slightly better than nothing nowhere

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...n-speed-survey
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Old 19-11-2012, 18:43
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Funny how you call people' O2 bashers' then go and bash EE.

Hypocrite.
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Old 19-11-2012, 18:54
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Taken 1 minute ago on Three. Tiny bit more than the small amount the Guardian posted. Three have recently been upgrading their network, and is very comparable to average 4G speeds.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1rkl4ng4v5...2017.52.06.png

picture recently on EE 4G
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Old 19-11-2012, 18:57
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I would completely ignore these results.

The problem with this sort of test is that it's grossly unscientific. You're not comparing the networks like for like.

To do an accurate comparison, you need to test each network in the exact same location using the exact same hardware.

It's not really a fair test to compare results from a phone that can hit speeds of ~20mbps with one that can only manage ~5mbps. It drags down the results.
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Old 19-11-2012, 19:00
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How fast? Fast enough for me, don't see the point in having faster.
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Old 19-11-2012, 19:05
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You gotta remember people who do speed tests on o2 with the speedtest.net app, its always invalid. Due to that compression proxy (Which cannot be disabled on o2)

One sign is you notice how quick the download test finishes.
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Old 19-11-2012, 19:54
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Too many variables with this sort of thing for me to take it seriously.

I'm guessing they were stood right under the mast to get that speed on O2?
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Old 19-11-2012, 20:29
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I am getting 11.84 down and 2.63 up. Three mobile and my area is not yet upgraded to Ultrafast....

Why pay EE prices?
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Old 19-11-2012, 20:31
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I am getting 11.84 down and 2.63 up. Three mobile and my area is not yet upgraded to Ultrafast....

Why pay EE prices?
Isn't EE's Full Monty around the same price? That's probably why...
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Old 19-11-2012, 20:39
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Three sim only £6.90 monthly.
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Old 19-11-2012, 20:42
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Time and time again 3 comes out top in these things though, whilst this one isn't that scientific the one carried out by Root Metrics certainly was, all using the same equipment in the same locations, tests were both indoors (at 102 locations), outdoors (conducted in the scouter’s parked vehicle during indoor testing), and during drive tests (covering 2,292 miles) throughout London.

The result was that 3 provided the best overall performance including in building, the best SMS speed to delivery and the best overall data speeds. No wonder over a million people switched this year.
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Old 19-11-2012, 20:53
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You gotta remember people who do speed tests on o2 with the speedtest.net app, its always invalid. Due to that compression proxy (Which cannot be disabled on o2)

One sign is you notice how quick the download test finishes.
Change your APN username to bypass. That should get you round the proxy issue.. It will screw up tethering etc so use at your own risk!
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Old 19-11-2012, 21:22
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Change your APN username to bypass. That should get you round the proxy issue.. It will screw up tethering etc so use at your own risk!
Dont think that works on giffgaff or other mvno's
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Old 19-11-2012, 22:54
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I always got good speeds where I had O2 3G. That just wans't that often. T-Mob via Virgin Mobile runs at about 3Meg here, though I topped 6Meg the other afternoon. Orange (again via Virgin) is a woeful 400-600k all the time. 3, via modem, is about 3Meg.
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Old 19-11-2012, 23:07
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With three and o2. Usually get around 6-12mbps on a good day at home and work. Usually above 3mbps in most places in my area. Have seen really good dc-hspa+ speeds though on mates ipad. Around 15-20mbps.

O2 is slower but on a good day I can get around 4mbps at home.
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Old 21-11-2012, 05:46
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To give an idea of the speeds to expect, the top laboratory-tested download rate on EE's network is around 50 megabits per second (Mbps) – equal to superfast home broadband. In real life conditions, the company is forecasting speeds of between 8 and 12Mbps.
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Old 21-11-2012, 06:00
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Get about 5-8Mbps outdoors

about 1mb indoors with vodafone but tbh indoors i'm usually on wifi.
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Old 21-11-2012, 06:20
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http://www.speedtest.net/result/2321668136.png

Using a standard 3 ZTE112 dongle plugged into a TP-Link 3G router sat on my window ledge..
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Old 21-11-2012, 07:57
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What site do people use to do a speed test from thier phones?
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Old 21-11-2012, 08:29
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What site do people use to do a speed test from thier phones?
www.speedtest.net is popular. There is a Speedtest app available for iPhone and Android.
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Old 21-11-2012, 08:39
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Speedtest.net wont run on my phone, Samsung Monte (not android). Oh well.
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Old 21-11-2012, 20:02
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Speedtest.net wont run on my phone, Samsung Monte (not android). Oh well.
Yeah it's a feature phone, rather than a smartphone really with it's own OS. I don't think you'll get much in the way of speed test aps etc.
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Old 21-11-2012, 20:50
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On Virgin Mobile, in my house I get:

Down: 3.51 Mbps
Up: 2.23 Mbps
Ping: 73 ms

Test done on an iPhone 4 with 3/5 bars so only 7.2 Mbps max.
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Old 22-11-2012, 00:42
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EE. iPhone 5. MBNL 3G mast in my home town of Totnes.
http://www.speedtest.net/iphone/373578018.png
This isn't a one off. Gives same results all the time.
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Old 22-11-2012, 03:44
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The Guardian have done a test and results are in...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...n-speed-survey
The tester they use on this is crap. Where i'd see 15mb+ on any speediest.net server the guardian page only shows 2-4mb. it just doesn't test for long enough!

I did a test this morning on EE LTE. Speedtest.net app registered 39mbps.. this silly test only could manage 5!!

Also NONE of my tests have shown up on the map! it also thinks a 3G iPad is a desktop....
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