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Is this normal?

Master

Is this normal?

Okay I am getting to point where I need to decide if I am keeping this HTC Aria.  At work in the middle of tall building and concrete, the AT&T signal is great.  They have been there for awhile.  At home where the network is new, I can agree that their have delivered on their promise to be similar to the network I had before.  However if I go out of my home town just a few miles, the signal drops quickly to EDGE or GPRS.  It may be good voice signal strength, but I have to use my phone as my sole source for the internet when I am in that area for extended periods of time.  This area had Verizon 3G.  It might have been on their lower end of 3G, but I could easily use it without noticing a drop in speed.

 

Is normal EDGE speeds?

50 kbps down, 72 kbps up, 1188 ms

111 kbps dn, 88 kbps up, 1333 ms

111 kbps dn, 78 kbps up, 957 ms

122 kbps dn, 88 kbps up, 1095 ms

 

Are these normal 3G (HSPA) (selected results) speeds?

389 kbps dn, 129 kbps up, 388 ms (lowest test)

405 kbps dn, 97 kbps up, 256 ms

619 kbps dn, 97 kbps up, 389 ms

726 kbps dn, 92 kbps up, 542 ms

990 kbps dn, 131 kbps up, 423 ms

1212 kbps dn, 102 kbps up, 184 ms

1546 kbps dn, 136 kbps up, 1506 ms

1868 kbps dn, 114 kbps up, 356 ms (highest test)

 

For comparison Verizon 3G (selected results)

1751 kbps dn, 828 kbps up, 287 ms (highest test)

1555 kbps dn, 738 kbps up 257 ms

1202 kbps dn, 537 kbps up, 332 ms

985 kbps dn, 806 kbps up, 316 ms

880 kbps dn, 352 kbps up, 349 ms

594 kbps dn, 834 kbps up, 278 ms

428 kbps dn, 388 kbps up, 534 ms

244 kbps dn, 432 kbps up, 314 ms (lowest test)

126 kbps dn, 168 kbps 12 ms (I think this one was 1x)

 

All the speed tests were done with Ookla's speedtest.net app for android.

 

The download speeds seems to be about equal between networks.  The upload for AT&T is just SAD.  The ping latency on AT&T can vary a bit.  I only put one example of the 3G on here, but there were others that were in the 1000+ ms for tests.  The EDGE latency is just as bad. 

 

What do you as AT&T users think?

 

Can AT&T's signal range widely while been in one place?  I went from displaying three bars to zero in the span of minutes.  It will do this all day in my home.

 

Sorry for the blurry camera shots.  The other phone just couldn't focus that close.

 

three bars.jpg

two bars.jpgone bar.jpgzero bars.jpg

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Master

Re: Is this normal?

Cool! Are you just trying it out for a while? Or paying two separate phone bills, now? That would be very cool to own.

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Master

Re: Is this normal?

Separate for the moment. After Easter, I will be porting my phone number back to the carrier it started at and onto the new Thunderbolt. I have a temporary number on the Tbolt for now.
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Master

Re: Is this normal?

I see. Smiley Wink Do you plan on selling the Droid Eris? And returning the Aria?

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Master

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Sending the Aria packing back to AT&T with shipment tracking and insurance.

I am thinking of sprinkling the Eris with Ginger since there is an official CyanogenMod 7 ROM for it. Will be the backup device. I might activate after the number port for a while and then go back to the Thunderbolt.
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Master

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Latest test side by side the Aria and the Thunderbolt. The ping time and upload, it was no contest.

HTC Aria
http://www.speedtest.net/android/45038755.png
http://www.speedtest.net/android/45040011.png

HTC Thunderbolt
http://www.speedtest.net/android/45038730.png
http://www.speedtest.net/android/45039980.png
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Master

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Wow. That Thunderbolt blew the Aria away! Smiley Surprised That thing must really be quick!

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Master

Re: Is this normal?

The funny thing is that I could get those speeds on the Eris. Plus that was on standard 3G EDVO signal. The 4G LTE network isn't even available in this area yet.
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Master

Re: Is this normal?

From the speedtest readings, you're in Nebraska? If your Eris is capable of those speeds, I'd like to see what that Thunderbolt can do. Maybe there's some "4G" in other parts of your state?

Still, either are quicker than your AT&T Aria...

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Master

Re: Is this normal?

The links posted today were from the Thunderbolt. The Eris stayed home on airplane mode.

The speed tests in the original post were the results from the Eris.
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Professor

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21stNow wrote:

I don't know what area you're in Ann.  Testing on the Washington DC server, I get the below this morning in a concrete building near a window:

 

ping      download    upload

272ms   569kbps    1145kbps

277ms   461kbps    1044kbps

253ms   427kbps    1153kbps

200ms   565kbps    123kbps

290ms   889kbps    77kbps 

 

I used the Ookla Speedtest and have 3G service.  I'm rarely in Edge or GPRS areas.

 

From home (still on Washington DC's server) on tests from February 23, I got the following:

 

ping      download    upload

335ms   960kbps    1258kbps

1859ms 3978kbps   1647kbps

238ms   3577kbps  1698kbps


I was in an EDGE zone yesterday and used SpeedTest.net with an without wifi. to see what i get. I only ran it once (wasnt in the area too long).

 

EDGE

ping        download           upload

11ms      151kbps           74kbps

 

WI-FI

ping        download           upload

79ms      2768kbps           670kbps

 

 

 

 

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Master

Re: Is this normal?

RicoLX,
Well your up and down speed matches what I was seeing on the EDGE network with the Aria. The ping rate is a heck of a lot nicer than what I was experiencing. Now that I look at it again, that speed results lines up nicely with the 1x speeds of the CDMA network here.

Still happier with the Eris or the Thunderbolt Smiley Wink
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Master

Re: Is this normal?

Got a new peak test today on the Tbolt. It beat the fastest one I posted on here for the Aria.

Test Date: Apr 18, 2011 7:14:28 pm
> Connection Type: Ehrpd
> Download: 1913 kbps
> Upload: 466 kbps
> Ping: 314 ms
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Master

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The AT&T network continues to both surprise and disappoint me. I'm at he farthest west location I travel within the CMA that was switched from Verizon to AT & T. The surprise: I am connecting to Edge here. Shocking I know. However I think it is actually on a regional GSM carrier that AT&T and T-Mobile has a roaming agreement with. Actually drove by one of the regional carrier's stores today (I knew it was on the way and planned to stop). Learned something new. All the GSM phones they sell are unlocked to start with.

Okay back to the reason for this post.
AT&T phone, edge network at -95 dbm 9 asu, 2-3 bars, slower than dirt data transfer, voice call quality = passed. I made a 5 minute call. It didn't drop. Yeah!

Verizon phone, EDVO 3G network at -100 dbm, 0-1 bars (it still connects with zero bars highlighted), download range 400 - 1670 kbps, upload 93 - 587 kbps, ping 300 - 350 ms. Wide range of course. The thing is I don't notice a big difference in speed compared to full bars. I can connect to the Internet and type this post. Smiley Wink
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Professor

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Ann154 wrote:
The AT&T network continues to both surprise and disappoint me. I'm at he farthest west location I travel within the CMA that was switched from Verizon to AT & T. The surprise: I am connecting to Edge here. Shocking I know. However I think it is actually on a regional GSM carrier that AT&T and T-Mobile has a roaming agreement with. Actually drove by one of the regional carrier's stores today (I knew it was on the way and planned to stop). Learned something new. All the GSM phones they sell are unlocked to start with.

Okay back to the reason for this post.
AT&T phone, edge network at -95 dbm 9 asu, 2-3 bars, slower than dirt data transfer, voice call quality = passed. I made a 5 minute call. It didn't drop. Yeah!

Verizon phone, EDVO 3G network at -100 dbm, 0-1 bars (it still connects with zero bars highlighted), download range 400 - 1670 kbps, upload 93 - 587 kbps, ping 300 - 350 ms. Wide range of course. The thing is I don't notice a big difference in speed compared to full bars. I can connect to the Internet and type this post. Smiley Wink

Hey Ann(droid154) sound like some progress was made.  I have to say that  i have had the BEST call quality over last two years. I think AT&T really worked on the call drop issues that they were plagued with for so long. Now they are working on the data speed . lets see what unfolds over next year.

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Professor

Re: Is this normal?

Today I noticed these results using speedtest.net 3g Full bars and not using wi-fi+ Ping download upload 291 1319 329
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