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iPhone 3GS speed test. Toronto to Tampa

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I would really love to get the data rate on my new iPhone 3GS to hit 7.2 mbit/s, like Rogers advertises. Unfortunately, the reality is that we’ll never be able to hit that speed as the network can’t handle it.

On my iPhone 3G I remember getting download speeds of about 4800 kbits/s. With the 3GS however, I can’t seem to break 4075 Kbits/s download and 261 Kbits/s upload.

From what I’ve been reading, however, the data rates out west and in the U.S. are even worse! Luckily I’m in Florida right now and I’ve been given a chance to test it out first hand.

The current 3G data rate here in Fort Meyers on AT&T is 179 Kbits/s download and  60 Kbits/s upload. It’s ridiculously slow, and the 3G reception is maxed at 5 bars.

I guess Rogers is doing something right.

There is a great app call Speed Test, which is free from the AppStore. Download it and give it try and please post your results in the comment section of this post.

[christopheraceto.com]

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  • Jay

    You’re still doing better than I can get in Calgary. Most I’ve managed is 659kbs over 3g

  • Jay

    You’re still doing better than I can get in Calgary. Most I’ve managed is 659kbs over 3g

  • Myron

    Saskatoon:
    Download speed: 2232.9 Kbits/s (Max: 2232.9 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 210.1 Kbits/s (Max: 217.9 Kbits/s)
    Network: 3G

  • Myron

    Saskatoon:
    Download speed: 2232.9 Kbits/s (Max: 2232.9 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 210.1 Kbits/s (Max: 217.9 Kbits/s)
    Network: 3G

  • Dave

    St Catharines ON

    Download speed: 788 Kbits/s (max 872 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 235 Kbits/s (max 237 Kbits/s)

    Network: Rogers 3G

  • Dave

    St Catharines ON

    Download speed: 788 Kbits/s (max 872 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 235 Kbits/s (max 237 Kbits/s)

    Network: Rogers 3G

  • O.

    Using iPhone 3G OS 3.0 JB’d, in Montreal (Quebec) on Fido:

    With the app SpeedTest (same used in the article):
    Max: 1985/245 over 5 tests on 3 diff. days

    With Speed Test (from speedtest.net), server in Montreal:
    Max: 2507/206 over 7 tests on 3 diff days

    With SpeedTest from DSRL, server from Toronto:
    Max: 2659/92 over 7 tests on 5 diff days

    Is it me or all these numbers don’t really adds up?
    What do you think?

  • O.

    Using iPhone 3G OS 3.0 JB’d, in Montreal (Quebec) on Fido:

    With the app SpeedTest (same used in the article):
    Max: 1985/245 over 5 tests on 3 diff. days

    With Speed Test (from speedtest.net), server in Montreal:
    Max: 2507/206 over 7 tests on 3 diff days

    With SpeedTest from DSRL, server from Toronto:
    Max: 2659/92 over 7 tests on 5 diff days

    Is it me or all these numbers don’t really adds up?
    What do you think?

  • Sheldon Pearce

    Penticton, BC

    Download speed: 2631.4 Kbits/s (Max: 2631.4 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 238.2 Kbits/s (Max: 238.2 Kbits/s)
    Network: 3G

  • Sheldon Pearce

    Penticton, BC

    Download speed: 2631.4 Kbits/s (Max: 2631.4 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 238.2 Kbits/s (Max: 238.2 Kbits/s)
    Network: 3G

  • Kai

    How are you getting such high speeds. My wifi is at 4000kbps…

    Toronto: 912/212 kbps d/u

    I’m at work and it’s always been a little slow here. In my suburban home I get 1500/250 d/u

  • Kai

    How are you getting such high speeds. My wifi is at 4000kbps…

    Toronto: 912/212 kbps d/u

    I’m at work and it’s always been a little slow here. In my suburban home I get 1500/250 d/u

  • Sate

    Winnipeg:
    Download speed: AVG 2460 Kbits/s (same for MAX)
    Upload speed: AVG 227 Kbits/s (same for MAX)
    Network: 3G

  • Patrick

    Calgary:
    average download – 2328 Kbits/s
    average upload – 222 Kbits/s

  • Sate

    Winnipeg:
    Download speed: AVG 2460 Kbits/s (same for MAX)
    Upload speed: AVG 227 Kbits/s (same for MAX)
    Network: 3G

  • Patrick

    Calgary:
    average download – 2328 Kbits/s
    average upload – 222 Kbits/s

  • Dale

    Download speed: 2156.0 Kbits/s (Max: 2156.0 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 246.4 Kbits/s (Max: 246.4 Kbits/s)
    Network: 3G (Fido)

    interesting to note that I had decent download speed and terrible upload (26kbps) until I flipped airplane mode and then got the speeds shown above.

  • Dale

    Download speed: 2156.0 Kbits/s (Max: 2156.0 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 246.4 Kbits/s (Max: 246.4 Kbits/s)
    Network: 3G (Fido)

    interesting to note that I had decent download speed and terrible upload (26kbps) until I flipped airplane mode and then got the speeds shown above.

  • I had no internet at home for the weekend, so I tethered my 2G EDGE connection temporarily. I was able to download at about 240-300 Kbps. Slow to be sure, but it’s hilarious that it is faster than USA’s 3G network! LOL!

    This is in Hong Kong by the way, on Peoples.

  • I had no internet at home for the weekend, so I tethered my 2G EDGE connection temporarily. I was able to download at about 240-300 Kbps. Slow to be sure, but it’s hilarious that it is faster than USA’s 3G network! LOL!

    This is in Hong Kong by the way, on Peoples.

  • Mirth

    Richmond, BC:
    Download Speed 2870 Kbits/s (2873 max)
    Upload Speed 213 Kbits/s (220 max)
    That is a fairly consistent number throughout the day. I tested these numbers at work, in downtown Richmond. Near the city hall.

  • Mirth

    Richmond, BC:
    Download Speed 2870 Kbits/s (2873 max)
    Upload Speed 213 Kbits/s (220 max)
    That is a fairly consistent number throughout the day. I tested these numbers at work, in downtown Richmond. Near the city hall.

  • MTMacPhee

    Kbps D/U Calgary

    1865 / 226

    Was showing these numbers to a Bell CSR and he said that they deliver real 3G speeds – very close to 7200Kbps. I have no way to test but he seems to be a straight shooter. Maybe Rogers is “Canada’s Most Reliable Network” because it’s the slowest (except to bill, of course).

  • MTMacPhee

    Kbps D/U Calgary

    1865 / 226

    Was showing these numbers to a Bell CSR and he said that they deliver real 3G speeds – very close to 7200Kbps. I have no way to test but he seems to be a straight shooter. Maybe Rogers is “Canada’s Most Reliable Network” because it’s the slowest (except to bill, of course).

  • Victoria, BC
    WiFi (at home):
    Downlaod: 12,799 kbps
    Upload: 632 kbps
    Rogers Data:
    Download: 2179 kbps
    Upload: 149 kbps
    I’ve never seen speeds over 3mbps, on Rogers.

  • Victoria, BC
    WiFi (at home):
    Downlaod: 12,799 kbps
    Upload: 632 kbps
    Rogers Data:
    Download: 2179 kbps
    Upload: 149 kbps
    I’ve never seen speeds over 3mbps, on Rogers.

  • MTMacPhee

    BTW Edge D/U 139 / 49 Kbps

  • MTMacPhee

    BTW Edge D/U 139 / 49 Kbps

  • Ron

    I am getting 1535/237 with the 3GS on FIDO in downtown Vancouver.
    Could it be that Fido speeds are lower than Rogers?

  • Ron

    I am getting 1535/237 with the 3GS on FIDO in downtown Vancouver.
    Could it be that Fido speeds are lower than Rogers?

  • Wow. You guys are getting very slow speeds. I live right downtown Toronto and it’s pretty consistent between 3500 – 4500 kpbs/s.

  • Christopheraceto

    Wow. You guys are getting very slow speeds. I live right downtown Toronto and it’s pretty consistent between 3500 – 4500 kpbs/s.

  • Happy Gilmour

    Toronto at Bloor 3G speed:
    Down: 2489Kb
    Up: 248Kb

  • Happy Gilmour

    Toronto at Bloor 3G speed:
    Down: 2489Kb
    Up: 248Kb

  • Kevin

    Edmonton AB 3G : Consistently about 1800 down and 220 up.

  • Kevin

    Edmonton AB 3G : Consistently about 1800 down and 220 up.

  • Ed Araquel

    Weird. My 3G here in Vancouver is like twice as fast as my wifi speed…neither of which are that great:

    3G 2300kbits/s down 230kbits/s up
    wifi 1200kbis/s down 204kbits/s up on Shaw

  • Ed Araquel

    Weird. My 3G here in Vancouver is like twice as fast as my wifi speed…neither of which are that great:

    3G 2300kbits/s down 230kbits/s up
    wifi 1200kbis/s down 204kbits/s up on Shaw

  • Justin

    Delta/New West 3G:

    D/L: 2217, U/L: 236

    Seems to stay in that range.

  • Justin

    Delta/New West 3G:

    D/L: 2217, U/L: 236

    Seems to stay in that range.

  • NoIsEkIlLeR

    Quebec city:
    Wifi: 4849DOWN
    586UP
    3G: 2264DOWN
    236UP

  • NoIsEkIlLeR

    Quebec city:
    Wifi: 4849DOWN
    586UP
    3G: 2264DOWN
    236UP

  • Brett

    I’m about an hour an north of Toronto and for some reason Rogers has 3G up here, but anyways i ran the test 5 times with different download speeds but my uploads were generally the same

    12:24 – 1038/249
    12:25 – 3180/253 I sat in the same spot i didn’t move wtf?
    12:28 – 822(max 1164)/251 .. wtf?
    12:28 – 2810/252 .. haha rogers
    12:31 – 2498/238
    12:32- 1268/252

    All from the same spot i didn’t move and those were the times i took them

  • Brett

    I’m about an hour an north of Toronto and for some reason Rogers has 3G up here, but anyways i ran the test 5 times with different download speeds but my uploads were generally the same

    12:24 – 1038/249
    12:25 – 3180/253 I sat in the same spot i didn’t move wtf?
    12:28 – 822(max 1164)/251 .. wtf?
    12:28 – 2810/252 .. haha rogers
    12:31 – 2498/238
    12:32- 1268/252

    All from the same spot i didn’t move and those were the times i took them

  • Brett

    lol and i never did my wifi but it was 9065 down average and 452up average

  • Brett

    lol and i never did my wifi but it was 9065 down average and 452up average

  • Lawrence

    Richmond BC – 5 bars
    WiFi: 5265 Down, 5056 Up
    3G: 1526 Down, 99 Up

  • Lawrence

    Richmond BC – 5 bars
    WiFi: 5265 Down, 5056 Up
    3G: 1526 Down, 99 Up

  • Hamilton Waterfront Williams ..
    using a 3GS
    Download speed: 1443.0 Kbits/s (Max: 1443.0 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 248.5 Kbits/s (Max: 248.5 Kbits/s)
    Network: 3G

  • Hamilton Waterfront Williams ..
    using a 3GS
    Download speed: 1443.0 Kbits/s (Max: 1443.0 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 248.5 Kbits/s (Max: 248.5 Kbits/s)
    Network: 3G

  • Rob

    in surrey average down load 1600kbits upload 220kbits on 3g network
    wifi almost triple at 4500 and 450 for upload

  • Rob

    in surrey average down load 1600kbits upload 220kbits on 3g network
    wifi almost triple at 4500 and 450 for upload

  • Anonymous

    My best was at home… I nailed 2426 down and I JUST (as I was typing this) nailed a new record for upping at 251. (Previously it was at 243)

    Haven’t tried Wifi, but I think it’ll be much better.

    Currently situated in an office building literally across the street from Rogers HQ.

  • My best was at home… I nailed 2426 down and I JUST (as I was typing this) nailed a new record for upping at 251. (Previously it was at 243)

    Haven’t tried Wifi, but I think it’ll be much better.

    Currently situated in an office building literally across the street from Rogers HQ.

  • Tom

    1536 down and 138 up in niagara falls on iPhone 3g (not 3gs)

  • Tom

    1536 down and 138 up in niagara falls on iPhone 3g (not 3gs)

  • generalinq

    I use that app for a long time now. Really good app. Ya I get some slow speeds sometimes but it doesn’t bother me unless I notice.

  • generalinq

    I use that app for a long time now. Really good app. Ya I get some slow speeds sometimes but it doesn’t bother me unless I notice.

  • roadcarver

    With my Iphone 3G with OS3.0:

    Inside my workplace near Hwy 7 and Leslie, I’m getting avg 758kbits/sec download and 161kbits/s upload. This is in 3G.

    In WiFi mode, 1972kbits/s on download and 1576 kbits/s on upload.

    Location services disabled.

  • roadcarver

    With my Iphone 3G with OS3.0:

    Inside my workplace near Hwy 7 and Leslie, I’m getting avg 758kbits/sec download and 161kbits/s upload. This is in 3G.

    In WiFi mode, 1972kbits/s on download and 1576 kbits/s on upload.

    Location services disabled.

  • Andre

    Unfortunately, you remember wrong. Unless of course, you had a magical 3G phone.

    They simply weren’t capable of 4800Kb/s. The had a theoretical top speed of 3600Kb/s (HSDPA 3.6), but you’d never see that. Realistically, a 3G might see 2000Kb/s. Only the 3Gs supports HSDPA 7.2 – and that 7200 is again a theoretical top speed. If you’re hitting 4000Kb/s on the 3Gs, you’re doing well.

    Are you sure you don’t want to restate your original speeds?

  • Andre

    Unfortunately, you remember wrong. Unless of course, you had a magical 3G phone.

    They simply weren’t capable of 4800Kb/s. The had a theoretical top speed of 3600Kb/s (HSDPA 3.6), but you’d never see that. Realistically, a 3G might see 2000Kb/s. Only the 3Gs supports HSDPA 7.2 – and that 7200 is again a theoretical top speed. If you’re hitting 4000Kb/s on the 3Gs, you’re doing well.

    Are you sure you don’t want to restate your original speeds?

  • Birdie

    On 3G with 3.0 of Fido
    20 minutes on the North of Montreal … 5 bars signal

    down 1297 ……. Up 240
    after reboot
    down 1685 ……. Up 238

  • Birdie

    On 3G with 3.0 of Fido
    20 minutes on the North of Montreal … 5 bars signal

    down 1297 ……. Up 240
    after reboot
    down 1685 ……. Up 238

  • Andre: Yes, I believe Christopher made a slight miscalculation, but since he’s out of town we’re going to cut him some slack. 😉

    If you guys recall from my previous post: http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/iphone-news/rogers-3g-network-speedtest-iphone-3g-vs-iphone-3gs/

    I found the Speedtest app to be unreliable at times, so make sure you try the other ones as well.

  • Andre: Yes, I believe Christopher made a slight miscalculation, but since he’s out of town we’re going to cut him some slack. 😉

    If you guys recall from my previous post: http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/iphone-news/rogers-3g-network-speedtest-iphone-3g-vs-iphone-3gs/

    I found the Speedtest app to be unreliable at times, so make sure you try the other ones as well.

  • I have a screen shot somewhere of my 3G speed test. I’ll see if I can dig it up and we’ll verify.

  • Christopheraceto

    I have a screen shot somewhere of my 3G speed test. I’ll see if I can dig it up and we’ll verify.

  • Ottawa, ON:
    Download speed: 1644 Kbits/s Avg (1921 Kbits/s Max)
    Upload speed: 235 Kbits/s Avg (235 Kbits/s Max)
    Network: 3G

  • Ottawa, ON:
    Download speed: 1644 Kbits/s Avg (1921 Kbits/s Max)
    Upload speed: 235 Kbits/s Avg (235 Kbits/s Max)
    Network: 3G

  • Anonymous

    Ottawa to Montreal
    DL: 1678 kbps
    UL: 146kbps
    Five bars on 3G network using my iPhone 3G

  • Joost

    Ottawa to Montreal
    DL: 1678 kbps
    UL: 146kbps
    Five bars on 3G network using my iPhone 3G

  • Anonymous

    Highest I’ve pulled in London is tethering at work, 3200 down, 200 up. Generally during the day I only get ~1500/100

  • JMCD

    Highest I’ve pulled in London is tethering at work, 3200 down, 200 up. Generally during the day I only get ~1500/100

  • When are you going to buy your iPhone? Your time has come!!! 🙂

  • When are you going to buy your iPhone? Your time has come!!! 🙂

  • Louis-Philippe Gauthier

    Moncton..

    Download speed: 1918.4 Kbits/s (Max: 1918.4 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 219.7 Kbits/s (Max: 223.9 Kbits/s)
    Network: Full signal 3G on 3G iPhone

  • Louis-Philippe Gauthier

    Moncton..

    Download speed: 1918.4 Kbits/s (Max: 1918.4 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 219.7 Kbits/s (Max: 223.9 Kbits/s)
    Network: Full signal 3G on 3G iPhone

  • JC

    Salt Spring Island

    FIDO 3G on 3GS
    Down 1462 kbps
    Up 242kbps

  • JC

    Salt Spring Island

    FIDO 3G on 3GS
    Down 1462 kbps
    Up 242kbps

  • Better Speeds At Home
    Iphone 3GS
    Download speed: 2571.1 Kbits/s (Max: 2589.5 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 248.3 Kbits/s (Max: 248.3 Kbits/s)
    Network: 3G

  • Better Speeds At Home
    Iphone 3GS
    Download speed: 2571.1 Kbits/s (Max: 2589.5 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 248.3 Kbits/s (Max: 248.3 Kbits/s)
    Network: 3G

  • JG

    iPhone 3GS

    Montreal East, Rogers
    20:09

    DL 3729 Kbits/s average
    UL 257 Kbits/s average

  • JG

    iPhone 3GS

    Montreal East, Rogers
    20:09

    DL 3729 Kbits/s average
    UL 257 Kbits/s average

  • Kevin

    So the point here is although Robbers advertises a 7.2 Mbit/s download speed, not one poster here has achieved even 50% of that rate! Besides being a good piece of (?misleading) advertising, what is the relevance of that unattainable figure, I wonder?

  • Kevin

    So the point here is although Robbers advertises a 7.2 Mbit/s download speed, not one poster here has achieved even 50% of that rate! Besides being a good piece of (?misleading) advertising, what is the relevance of that unattainable figure, I wonder?

  • Guest

    Ill prob just have slow speeds as everyone else. Its interesting though to see what everyone gets for speeds.

  • Dusty

    Ill prob just have slow speeds as everyone else. Its interesting though to see what everyone gets for speeds.

  • Andre

    Hope you’re not using your Rogers plan in Florida. Data roaming will cost you 3¢ / Kb.

  • Andre

    Hope you’re not using your Rogers plan in Florida. Data roaming will cost you 3¢ / Kb.

  • Michael

    I got on fido 3G with my iPhone 3GS
    download – 4081kbps
    upload – 260kbps

  • Michael

    I got on fido 3G with my iPhone 3GS
    download – 4081kbps
    upload – 260kbps

  • Michael

    In Toronto by the way

  • Michael

    In Toronto by the way

  • Jonathan

    Beaverton ON

    Download 1642
    Upload 237

  • Jonathan

    Beaverton ON

    Download 1642
    Upload 237

  • Did this test inside my firehall West Hamilton
    Iphone 3GS
    Download speed: 2414.8 Kbits/s (Max: 2414.8 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 247.2 Kbits/s (Max: 247.2 Kbits/s)
    Network: 3G

  • Did this test inside my firehall West Hamilton
    Iphone 3GS
    Download speed: 2414.8 Kbits/s (Max: 2414.8 Kbits/s)
    Upload speed: 247.2 Kbits/s (Max: 247.2 Kbits/s)
    Network: 3G

  • David

    Edmonton. iPhone 3G on Fido.

    Download: 2240 Kbits/s
    Upload: 226 Kbits/s

  • David

    Edmonton. iPhone 3G on Fido.

    Download: 2240 Kbits/s
    Upload: 226 Kbits/s

  • Anonymous

    3GS at work, 5:30 am finally pulled 4.1mbps down and .3mbps up. This is the most I’ve pulled in London. Wifi I’ve gotten about 8mbps down, on my PC I can do 9.7mbps.

  • JMCD

    3GS at work, 5:30 am finally pulled 4.1mbps down and .3mbps up. This is the most I’ve pulled in London. Wifi I’ve gotten about 8mbps down, on my PC I can do 9.7mbps.

  • Rob

    Jane & Finch area of Toronto with a 3Gs:

    3G: Down 4085 Kbits/s Avg (4085 Kbits/s Max)
    Up 262 Kbits/s Avg (262 Kbits/s Max)

    WiFi: Down 8474 Kbits/s Avg (8474 Kbits/s Max)
    Up 408 Kbits/s Avg (414 Kbits/s Max)

    Fast for 3G but bear in mind that it’s 2:30 am.

  • Rob

    Jane & Finch area of Toronto with a 3Gs:

    3G: Down 4085 Kbits/s Avg (4085 Kbits/s Max)
    Up 262 Kbits/s Avg (262 Kbits/s Max)

    WiFi: Down 8474 Kbits/s Avg (8474 Kbits/s Max)
    Up 408 Kbits/s Avg (414 Kbits/s Max)

    Fast for 3G but bear in mind that it’s 2:30 am.

  • k8000

    halifax – downtown
    Download speed: 3354 Kbits/s
    Upload speed: 115 Kbits/s
Network: 3G

    halifax @ the airport
    Download speed: 2952 Kbits/s
    Upload speed: 84 Kbits/s 
Network: 3G

  • k8000

    halifax – downtown
    Download speed: 3354 Kbits/s
    Upload speed: 115 Kbits/s
Network: 3G

    halifax @ the airport
    Download speed: 2952 Kbits/s
    Upload speed: 84 Kbits/s 
Network: 3G

  • Hey JMCD, what part of London did you get that at? I’ve got 3542 Kbits/s around York and Adelaide area. Glad to know that this is “normal”, and that I guess 7.2MBPS is just if you are standing on top of a Rogers cell phone tower 🙂 Regardless, this new iPhone 3GS is still fast as hell!!!!!!!!

  • Hey JMCD, what part of London did you get that at? I’ve got 3542 Kbits/s around York and Adelaide area. Glad to know that this is “normal”, and that I guess 7.2MBPS is just if you are standing on top of a Rogers cell phone tower 🙂 Regardless, this new iPhone 3GS is still fast as hell!!!!!!!!

  • Omegamaniac

    2012 d and 241 u, pretty good for being up here north of Barrie

  • IPhone 3G and 3GS user

    Up here, on Long Island Ny, speeds vary depending on location. I have both the 3G and the new 3GS and the perform about the same going through the AT&T network.
    Home WiFI is where you see the difference. I maxed out a 3G at 8MBS down and 5 MBS Up, and the 3GS at 15.5 MBS down and 5 MBS up. Cablevision of Long Island, provides speeds of up to 30 down and 5 up, which I pay for but they do vary depending on time of day and people on the network. The best thing is to run your test early AM when there's fewer people on.

  • IPhone 3G and 3GS user

    Up here, on Long Island Ny, speeds vary depending on location. I have both the 3G and the new 3GS and the perform about the same going through the AT&T network.
    Home WiFI is where you see the difference. I maxed out a 3G at 8MBS down and 5 MBS Up, and the 3GS at 15.5 MBS down and 5 MBS up. Cablevision of Long Island, provides speeds of up to 30 down and 5 up, which I pay for but they do vary depending on time of day and people on the network. The best thing is to run your test early AM when there's fewer people on.

  • B-Man

    I have the iPHONE 4 – with Bell
    With the speedtest.net app I got 5803 KB/s down and 3074 up on 3G

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