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iPhone 3G/3GS Network Speeds, And We Thought Rogers Was Bad!

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As my favorite TV personality would say, “WAKE UP BIG BOY!” (Bonus points if you post the answer below.)

We Canadians, as proud as we are, have been lamenting the 3G network speeds coming from our master Rogers Wireless (which means Fido too!). We have had numerous posts detailing the various speeds locally in Vancouver, BC and even across North America, but a post made earlier this evening by our friends over at the Boy Genius Report had me feeling pretty good about the Rogers 3G Network speeds. (Part 2 of their post is available here)

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Rogers Wireless advertises an up to 7.2Mbps (megabits) download speed for its 3G Network but that speed, simply said, is unattainable in realistic conditions. As far as devices go, the iPhone 3G can process speeds of up to 3.6Mbps and the iPhone 3GS of up to 7.2Mbps but in either case, you will get maybe half those speeds realistically. The point is, Rogers advertises up to 7.2Mbps and we iPhone 3G/3GS customers across Canada can get about 3.0Mbps on average. Most Rogers iPhone 3G/3GS customers would say that is not acceptable and I would agree…atleast I did agree.

My iPhone 3GS (on average) achieves 3.0Mbps download (3000 Kbps) and 200Kbps upload. Our local iPhoneFan achieves about the same result at 2.5Mbps. However, these speeds are a far cry from what our technologically savvy neighbors can achieve just South of the Border.

As I mentioned earlier, the article posted at BGR detailed that the AT&T “3G” Network is…well…horrible! The author described top AT&T download speeds of 384Kbps (TOP speeds folks, TOP), and low download speeds of 38Kbps. Remember that AT&T positions itself as the “nation’s fastest 3G network“, which is laughable when you see the speeds the network is delivering.

If you take a look at the comments on the BGR post, you will see that across the USA, users achieve about an average 824Kbps download speed and 181Kbps upload speed).

Let’s summarize.

Rogers Wireless (Canada):

X1Zero (iPhone 3GS): 3.0Mbps download / 200Kbps upload (average) (Vancouver, BC area tests)

iPhoneFan (iPhone 3GS): 2.5Mpbs download / 200Kbps upload (average) (Vancouver, BC area tests)

Canada (iPhone 3G/3GS): 2.9 Mbps download / 165Kbps upload (average)

AT&T (USA):

BGR Test (iPhone 3GS/Blackberry Bold): 384Kbps download / upload not documented (top documented speed) (New York area tests)

USA (iPhone 3G/3GS): 824Kbps download / 181Kbps upload (average)

Wow. I was surprised to see that AT&T operates in the less than 950Kbps range and that Rogers operates in the 2.0+Mbps range, especially after how we Rogers customers feel that the speed of the Rogers 3G Network should and could be faster. Of course the Rogers network speeds can be faster, but at this point in time would you rather be using the speeds coming from AT&T? I think not.

The numbers do not lie. When I see these results I am GLAD that I am in Canada with Rogers because at least my $3000 contracted investment is working somewhat as advertised.

There is some epic pride here flowing for Canadians! Stand up and hold your iPhone high!

Canada Wins

(3000 Kbps)

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  • Louis

    so you are saying, sucking less than the worse of the bunch is acceptable? even though they blatantly lied?

  • No one really lied. The wording is clever and its there…”up to…”

    However, when compared to the alternatives that we have, yes, Rogers/Fido and our network speeds are the best of the worst.

  • rorypiper

    I believe that is the infamous Gordon Ramsay, you're quoting there.

    Those “3G” speeds were not much better than the speeds I used to get on my iPhone “EDGE”. Just awful.

  • Nice picture, where did you find that? 😉

  • bringer666

    I guess that's why they haven't implemented tethering or MMS yet.

  • Interesting point!

  • Actually, Rogers doesn't advertise speeds of 7.2mbps. They advertise an HSPA network, in which the technology is capable of 7.2mbps download speeds.

    As for AT&T's advertisements, clearly by 3G they meant a GSM 3G network on the 850/1900MHz bands. 😛

  • _Shorty

    I'm in Parksville, BC, which is in the middle of Vancouver Island. If I walk across the street from my house and look south I'm staring at the local little mountain (called Little Mountain, original eh?) and at the top of that is one of our cell towers. It's not too far from me. And so I have pretty much the perfect/ideal signal from there. No obstructions, close, and obviously great signal level. It's 1am now, probably not a lot of traffic to contend with. After five runs, and throwing away the first, which was the slowest, I get an average of 2401 down and 229 up. Which is fine by me. The CPU in this thing is what holds back the browser anyway, not the network speed. Benchmarks of it against the 3G S have proven this. Any network advantage the 3G S might hold is overshadowed by it's faster CPU. The faster CPU is definitely more important in rendering the pages quickly.

  • Dusty

    PWNED! 😛

  • Jonathan

    Quebec iPhone 3G
    Download : 2.7 mbps
    Upload : 127 kbps

  • generalinq

    3.0. I can barely get 1mpbs in toronto

  • JMCD23

    I work here in London at night, while tethering with a full signal (still in the mall, but the tower is close) I average about 3-3.3 and 250kbps up. My record however is 4.5 / 300. But the 4.5 happened on a Monday morning at 4am. So, that was ideal timing 🙂

  • qvistp

    4.78 down/0.32 up
    Halifax, NS, somewhere in the woods 😉

  • I get DL speeds of 1.2Mbps to 2.16 and uploads of 124kbps to 256kbps on ATT in FL.

  • Carl

    Don't expect this for us in BC, Canada come January-March 2010.

  • cCudmore

    I've travelled in the US with my iPhone and the AT&T speeds are consistently noticeably slower than any speed I've ever gotten from Rogers in any major city. I'd take the faster network any day instead of the “unlimited” data plan un the US.

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  • Montreal 3G

    Well, I live in Montreal downtown and my iPhone 3GS can only go as fast as 1.78mbps as possible through Rogers' 3G Wireless network. I did speed test at many different locations in Montreal downtown and 1.78mbps seems to be the best result so far. So, how did you get the result of “the average Canadians get 3mbps of 3G speed on their phone”? Sucking less than the worst is not the excuse!

  • Montreal 3G

    Well, I live in Montreal downtown and my iPhone 3GS can only go as fast as 1.78mbps as possible through Rogers' 3G Wireless network. I did speed test at many different locations in Montreal downtown and 1.78mbps seems to be the best result so far. So, how did you get the result of “the average Canadians get 3mbps of 3G speed on their phone”? Sucking less than the worst is not the excuse!

  • Mechelec13

    Speedtest just now on AT&T on a 3Gs in Columbus OH = 2.152 Mbps down, 246 Kbps up. This is pretty standard for me in Columbus. I've gotten as high as 3.2Mbps down and when the network is really congested, it'll drop to 1.2Mbps, but almost never slower than that.

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