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Thread: Ridiculous download speeds... fast/slow why?

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    Ridiculous download speeds... fast/slow why?

    I am using the speedtest.net app for my speeds.

    When I am at work I get Download/Upload speeds like this...

    2.28Mbs /.73Mbs
    2.52Mbs /.78Mbs
    2.17Mbs /.77Mbs
    1.85M /.66M
    1.90Mbs /.64Mbs

    This is just great for 3G! Very happy!

    At home with wifi I get...

    7.94Mbs /1.08Mbs
    7.82Mbs /.75Mbs

    Also great there and I am happy!

    However, my 3G at home is ridiculously slow on download but not upload... some examples.

    .08Mbs /.80Mbs
    .08Mbs /.74Mbs
    .01Mbs /.77Mbs
    .05Mbs /.66Mbs
    .02Mbs /.72Mbs

    I live in the Galleria area of Houston... a very populated area. This speed exists even standing outside. I did get my fastest reading outside my apt though...

    .10Mbs /.69Mbs

    Am I supposed to believe that Verizon has a major area of Houston, the largest shopping area of the 4th largest city in America, with a 3G network of .01 to .1 Mbs maximum capability? I show 4 bars of reception at all locations. Calls work great, uploads work great, but I am forced to use wifi at home and if I go anywhere outside my home my downloads are so slow I cant use the 3G network for certain items like Pandora, etc.

    What is going on here and how do I fix it?
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    Just a stab here...

    Have you updated your PRL?
    A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

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    A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

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    Is that the one where you upload most current cell towers? I researched that before posting and that was my only stab at a fix and it did nothing. Why can I upload up to 10X-70X faster than I download though? I would think a bad cell tower fix would kill my upload speeds as well.
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    Know anyone else with a Droid? maybe you can do a side by side comparison.
    A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

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    A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

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    USMC rule # 23 of gunfighting: Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DevL View Post
    I am using the speedtest.net app for my speeds.



    I live in the Galleria area of Houston... a very populated area. This speed exists even standing outside. I did get my fastest reading outside my apt though...

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    Let me guess...You test your 3G speed when you (and all your neighbors) get off work and start using their phones in your "very populated area."
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    I work night shift so my work times are 10pm to 6am. I just tested now at home at 9:40 AM. Results re typical for home no matter if its day or night for this location.

    .05Mbs download .66 Mbs upload 9:40 AM

    Other times I tested at home have been...

    4:18 PM .10 up /.69 down
    8:53 PM .02 up /.71 down

    I have not had the phone long, only about a week. I am a police officer and we use some sort of Verizon connection for our wireless notebooks in our vehicles. Could it be that I am getting such great results at work because of some sort of amp boosting my signal in the vehicle or at the station? The municipality I work for is very small on the border of Houston and only a few square miles in size. Perhaps there is a close tower for the city I work in but not at home? I have not had the opportinity to try the speed elsewhere in Houston to see if it is just slow at home or just fast at work. I have one reading on the 290 freeway between home and work and it was...

    .24 Mbs up / .61 Mbs down at 9:39PM and Pandora ran fine on the way to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Backnblack View Post
    Know anyone else with a Droid? maybe you can do a side by side comparison.
    No, unfortuantely everyone else I know with a smart phone has an iPhone or Blackberry.
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    So noone else gets downloads that slow? Is it my phone? The Verizon network in my area? Some setting? Any ideas appreciated!
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    if your getting 7+ mbps a second on wifi then it is def not your phone... and def sounds like your squad car and station are giving you a boost while your at werk def check around any other areas you can get to away from your squad car and try to re program your phone #228... see if that helps good luck ....
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    bump. I think this may be a Verizon network issue. I've been having the same problem. I live between the Galleria and West U. Might be time to call Verizon.
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