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When I first tasted the speeds of 3G wireless data my mouth salivated like Pavlov’s dog. After playing around with an iPhone 3G test unit at the Rogers dealer inside Tillicum Mall in Victoria, I was impressed with how quickly Safari was loading web pages. Waiting at red lights in the car has become even more enjoyable than ever before. Sometimes I wish they’d never turn green (note to self: replying to emails/twittering/chatting while driving=dangerous and stupid)!

When Apple first announced the iPhone 3G they claimed that 3G was approximately 2.4x faster than EDGE. I decided to put 3G vs EDGE to the test, and while at it throw in WiFi as a comparison too. I used DSL Report’s iPhone Speedtest for this tiny experiment (read here for top 5 iPhone tips for newbies).

iPhone 3G Speedtest: 3G vs EDGE vs WiFi

Loaded up the speedtest webpage using 3G, EDGE, and WiFi. Here are the results:

The included statistics help compare your speeds versus others who have also completed the speed test. Looks like 3G on Rogers is above the Speedtest all-time average.

3G: 839kbps
EDGE: 145kbps
WiFi: 2758kbps

As you can see from my results, the iPhone at 3G speeds is roughly 5.7x faster than EDGE on the Rogers network, well above Apple’s promise of 2.4x faster. 3G is about 1/3 the speed of my WiFi network at home. Definitely give the speedtest a try and see how your speeds are. Anyone else getting faster speeds than the ones I’ve experienced? Let’s hear your speeds folks!

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  • How fast is Internet for the WiFi though?

  • How fast is Internet for the WiFi though?

  • How fast is Internet for the WiFi though?

  • Quicken

    I don’t have Wifi in my home right now. But my 3G speed is at 876kbps. on Edge I have 174kbps. 3G if 5 times faster then Edge on my end.

  • Quicken

    I don’t have Wifi in my home right now. But my 3G speed is at 876kbps. on Edge I have 174kbps. 3G if 5 times faster then Edge on my end.

  • Quicken

    I don’t have Wifi in my home right now. But my 3G speed is at 876kbps. on Edge I have 174kbps. 3G if 5 times faster then Edge on my end.

  • LoWd0Wn

    I got 1913 kbps on my Edge and 3196 on my wifi
    pretty good speeds
    No 3G as yet ๐Ÿ™

  • LoWd0Wn

    I got 1913 kbps on my Edge and 3196 on my wifi
    pretty good speeds
    No 3G as yet ๐Ÿ™

  • LoWd0Wn

    I got 1913 kbps on my Edge and 3196 on my wifi
    pretty good speeds
    No 3G as yet ๐Ÿ™

  • John

    1372kbps on 3G, connected with Fido if that matters in Niagara Falls ON

  • John

    1372kbps on 3G, connected with Fido if that matters in Niagara Falls ON

  • John

    1372kbps on 3G, connected with Fido if that matters in Niagara Falls ON

  • Tim Aucoin

    Interesting results from my phone…
    Edge = 107 kbps
    3G = 1164 kbps
    Wifi = 3070 kbps

    @LoWd0Wn: 1913 kbps on your Edge is amazing… faster than my 3G ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tim Aucoin

    Interesting results from my phone…
    Edge = 107 kbps
    3G = 1164 kbps
    Wifi = 3070 kbps

    @LoWd0Wn: 1913 kbps on your Edge is amazing… faster than my 3G ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tim Aucoin

    Interesting results from my phone…
    Edge = 107 kbps
    3G = 1164 kbps
    Wifi = 3070 kbps

    @LoWd0Wn: 1913 kbps on your Edge is amazing… faster than my 3G ๐Ÿ™‚

  • iGuy

    3G: 1640kbps
    EDGE: 129kbps

  • iGuy

    3G: 1640kbps
    EDGE: 129kbps

  • Chris

    @LoWd0WnNo:
    As far as I know EDGE has a theoretical maximum speed of around 474 kbit/s, so your result seems highly improbable. Are you sure it’s not supposed to be 191 kbit/s or something like that? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Chris

    @LoWd0WnNo:
    As far as I know EDGE has a theoretical maximum speed of around 474 kbit/s, so your result seems highly improbable. Are you sure it’s not supposed to be 191 kbit/s or something like that? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Chris

    @LoWd0WnNo:
    As far as I know EDGE has a theoretical maximum speed of around 474 kbit/s, so your result seems highly improbable. Are you sure it’s not supposed to be 191 kbit/s or something like that? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • aryall

    1240kbps over 3G in the business park area of Kanata (west of Ottawa).

  • aryall

    1240kbps over 3G in the business park area of Kanata (west of Ottawa).

  • aryall

    1240kbps over 3G in the business park area of Kanata (west of Ottawa).

  • LoWd0Wn

    I checked again and it is kbps and this time it was 1001 kbps. Unless I am doing something different. Went to the site – hit edge and that is my result.

  • LoWd0Wn

    I checked again and it is kbps and this time it was 1001 kbps. Unless I am doing something different. Went to the site – hit edge and that is my result.

  • LoWd0Wn

    I checked again and it is kbps and this time it was 1001 kbps. Unless I am doing something different. Went to the site – hit edge and that is my result.

  • LoWd0Wn

    LOL. It would have been a good idea had I turned off my wifi connection first. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Now only 95 kbps, lol

  • LoWd0Wn

    LOL. It would have been a good idea had I turned off my wifi connection first. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Now only 95 kbps, lol

  • LoWd0Wn

    LOL. It would have been a good idea had I turned off my wifi connection first. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Now only 95 kbps, lol

  • Stephen F

    Location: Ottawa South
    Network: Fido

    Speeds:(Highest, Lowest)

    3G: 1633 Kbps, 625 Kbps
    EDGE: 97 Kbps, 77 Kbps
    Wifi: Not yet tested, I’m at work!

    All I can say from these results is….WOW…I’m glad I bought an iPhone 3G instead of a 1st Gen off Ebay.

  • Stephen F

    Location: Ottawa South
    Network: Fido

    Speeds:(Highest, Lowest)

    3G: 1633 Kbps, 625 Kbps
    EDGE: 97 Kbps, 77 Kbps
    Wifi: Not yet tested, I’m at work!

    All I can say from these results is….WOW…I’m glad I bought an iPhone 3G instead of a 1st Gen off Ebay.

  • Stephen F

    Location: Ottawa South
    Network: Fido

    Speeds:(Highest, Lowest)

    3G: 1633 Kbps, 625 Kbps
    EDGE: 97 Kbps, 77 Kbps
    Wifi: Not yet tested, I’m at work!

    All I can say from these results is….WOW…I’m glad I bought an iPhone 3G instead of a 1st Gen off Ebay.

  • Tim Aucoin

    @LoWd0Wn… LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ welcome back to “reality”!!!
    Cheers!

  • Tim Aucoin

    @LoWd0Wn… LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ welcome back to “reality”!!!
    Cheers!

  • Tim Aucoin

    @LoWd0Wn… LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ welcome back to “reality”!!!
    Cheers!

  • Sporadik

    WiFi 3150
    3G 1175
    Edge 178

  • Sporadik

    WiFi 3150
    3G 1175
    Edge 178

  • Sporadik

    WiFi 3150
    3G 1175
    Edge 178

  • digik9

    3G = 1491 kbps
    Edge = 141 kbps
    WiFi = 3155 kbps

  • digik9

    3G = 1491 kbps
    Edge = 141 kbps
    WiFi = 3155 kbps

  • digik9

    3G = 1491 kbps
    Edge = 141 kbps
    WiFi = 3155 kbps

  • Definitely loving 3G speeds, even though it eats the battery up. EDGE is slow as crap, but it’s better than nothing sometimes!

  • Definitely loving 3G speeds, even though it eats the battery up. EDGE is slow as crap, but it’s better than nothing sometimes!

  • Definitely loving 3G speeds, even though it eats the battery up. EDGE is slow as crap, but it’s better than nothing sometimes!

  • iGuy

    who’s going to top my 3G speed? ;p

  • iGuy

    who’s going to top my 3G speed? ;p

  • iGuy

    who’s going to top my 3G speed? ;p

  • Nutchos

    Wow I’m getting:

    GRPS: 2683kbps
    EDGE: 2560kbps
    3G: 2344kbps
    wifi:2357kbps

    That can’t be right can it? My 3g is lower than everything. This is in Surrey, BC on Fido btw.

  • Nutchos

    Wow I’m getting:

    GRPS: 2683kbps
    EDGE: 2560kbps
    3G: 2344kbps
    wifi:2357kbps

    That can’t be right can it? My 3g is lower than everything. This is in Surrey, BC on Fido btw.

  • Nutchos

    Wow I’m getting:

    GRPS: 2683kbps
    EDGE: 2560kbps
    3G: 2344kbps
    wifi:2357kbps

    That can’t be right can it? My 3g is lower than everything. This is in Surrey, BC on Fido btw.

  • Nutchos

    Ok nvm, I didn’t know you had to change your connection settings every test. Here’s some more realistic numbers lol:

    GPRS: not sure how to change to this
    EDGE: 141kbps
    3G: 1632kbps
    WIFI: 3152kbps

    So my EDGE sucks. Would be great if they could make it an app that changes connections by itself.

  • Nutchos

    Ok nvm, I didn’t know you had to change your connection settings every test. Here’s some more realistic numbers lol:

    GPRS: not sure how to change to this
    EDGE: 141kbps
    3G: 1632kbps
    WIFI: 3152kbps

    So my EDGE sucks. Would be great if they could make it an app that changes connections by itself.

  • Nutchos

    Ok nvm, I didn’t know you had to change your connection settings every test. Here’s some more realistic numbers lol:

    GPRS: not sure how to change to this
    EDGE: 141kbps
    3G: 1632kbps
    WIFI: 3152kbps

    So my EDGE sucks. Would be great if they could make it an app that changes connections by itself.

  • Andrew

    wow those speed differences are amazing. when i heard it was 2.4x faster i just thought alright but thats nothing special and i was debating wether to sign my life away for just double speed because i don’ use gps either or get a first Gen. iphone! but never mind i think I’m going to get the iphone 3G if tis going to be that much faster and get the 6GB data plan it’ll be great:D

  • Andrew

    wow those speed differences are amazing. when i heard it was 2.4x faster i just thought alright but thats nothing special and i was debating wether to sign my life away for just double speed because i don’ use gps either or get a first Gen. iphone! but never mind i think I’m going to get the iphone 3G if tis going to be that much faster and get the 6GB data plan it’ll be great:D

  • Andrew

    and whats gprs?

  • Andrew

    and whats gprs?

  • Andrew

    and whats gprs?

  • sylvainp

    I Get 300-500 kbps during day up to 1250kbps at night.

  • sylvainp

    I Get 300-500 kbps during day up to 1250kbps at night.

  • Bud Colby

    @ Andrew, Also make sure you have 3G in your area. I did not know that 3G was not everywhere Rogers has service. I only found out after I got the iphone 3G that only major citys have the service. In saying that, I would still have bought my iphone, it just would have been nice to know. Cheers!

  • Bud Colby

    @ Andrew, Also make sure you have 3G in your area. I did not know that 3G was not everywhere Rogers has service. I only found out after I got the iphone 3G that only major citys have the service. In saying that, I would still have bought my iphone, it just would have been nice to know. Cheers!

  • Bud Colby

    @ Andrew, Also make sure you have 3G in your area. I did not know that 3G was not everywhere Rogers has service. I only found out after I got the iphone 3G that only major citys have the service. In saying that, I would still have bought my iphone, it just would have been nice to know. Cheers!

  • Bud Colby

    WiFi 2606 kbps
    Edge 146 kbps
    3G unavailable @ Medicine Hat, Alberta.

  • Bud Colby

    WiFi 2606 kbps
    Edge 146 kbps
    3G unavailable @ Medicine Hat, Alberta.

  • Bud Colby

    WiFi 2606 kbps
    Edge 146 kbps
    3G unavailable @ Medicine Hat, Alberta.

  • Designwallah

    I’m in downtown Toronto and 3G has not been working for me for the last three hours.

  • Designwallah

    I’m in downtown Toronto and 3G has not been working for me for the last three hours.

  • Designwallah

    I’m in downtown Toronto and 3G has not been working for me for the last three hours.

  • Designwallah

    OK. I didn’t realize that turning Airplane Mode On for 10 seconds and then turning it off resets the iPhone. I got 3G back after doings that. Rogers actually helped.

  • Designwallah

    OK. I didn’t realize that turning Airplane Mode On for 10 seconds and then turning it off resets the iPhone. I got 3G back after doings that. Rogers actually helped.

  • Designwallah

    OK. I didn’t realize that turning Airplane Mode On for 10 seconds and then turning it off resets the iPhone. I got 3G back after doings that. Rogers actually helped.

  • Drewgo

    Well, after 2 long weeks, I picked up my new iphone today…. I’m lovin it….but I don’t seem to have the G3 working ….. My own Wifi works great but I don’t think I’m getting any G3 and I have it turned on…..WTF ???? But after reading Designwallah….maybe it’s just down ???

  • Drewgo

    Well, after 2 long weeks, I picked up my new iphone today…. I’m lovin it….but I don’t seem to have the G3 working ….. My own Wifi works great but I don’t think I’m getting any G3 and I have it turned on…..WTF ???? But after reading Designwallah….maybe it’s just down ???

  • Drewgo

    Well, after 2 long weeks, I picked up my new iphone today…. I’m lovin it….but I don’t seem to have the G3 working ….. My own Wifi works great but I don’t think I’m getting any G3 and I have it turned on…..WTF ???? But after reading Designwallah….maybe it’s just down ???

  • RetroBlader

    This site is like a treasure cove — I learn something new everyday I come here.

    Anyway,
    WiFi 2763 (Cogeco, who claims to be faster than most mainstream provider, I guess they are not lying)
    3G 975

  • RetroBlader

    This site is like a treasure cove — I learn something new everyday I come here.

    Anyway,
    WiFi 2763 (Cogeco, who claims to be faster than most mainstream provider, I guess they are not lying)
    3G 975

  • RetroBlader

    This site is like a treasure cove — I learn something new everyday I come here.

    Anyway,
    WiFi 2763 (Cogeco, who claims to be faster than most mainstream provider, I guess they are not lying)
    3G 975

  • From my home in Brossard, QC, I got the following.

    Wi-Fi : 2827kbps (over AirPort Extreme)
    Edge: 122 kbps
    3G: 915 kbps

  • From my home in Brossard, QC, I got the following.

    Wi-Fi : 2827kbps (over AirPort Extreme)
    Edge: 122 kbps
    3G: 915 kbps

  • From my home in Brossard, QC, I got the following.

    Wi-Fi : 2827kbps (over AirPort Extreme)
    Edge: 122 kbps
    3G: 915 kbps

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  • SunnyVan

    my iphone crashed and reboot itself when i was running the test with wifi

  • SunnyVan

    my iphone crashed and reboot itself when i was running the test with wifi

  • SunnyVan

    my iphone crashed and reboot itself when i was running the test with wifi

  • Andrew

    Ok to everyone who is having rogers problems I know y. A rogers rep told me it is because they are changing something in their network to take away long distance and stuff

  • Andrew

    Ok to everyone who is having rogers problems I know y. A rogers rep told me it is because they are changing something in their network to take away long distance and stuff

  • Andrew

    Ok to everyone who is having rogers problems I know y. A rogers rep told me it is because they are changing something in their network to take away long distance and stuff

  • Timdog

    1179 Kbps 3G in Main/Danforth area of Toronto

  • Timdog

    1179 Kbps 3G in Main/Danforth area of Toronto

  • Timdog

    1179 Kbps 3G in Main/Danforth area of Toronto

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  • scott

    My 3G speed is 375, I’m in Paris, France. Anything I can do to improve the performance?
    Thanks

  • scott

    My 3G speed is 375, I’m in Paris, France. Anything I can do to improve the performance?
    Thanks

  • scott

    My 3G speed is 375, I’m in Paris, France. Anything I can do to improve the performance?
    Thanks

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  • armaguje

    Question for you all. Should I go with Blackberry bold or iphone?

    Thanks

  • armaguje

    Question for you all. Should I go with Blackberry bold or iphone?

    Thanks

  • armaguje

    Question for you all. Should I go with Blackberry bold or iphone?

    Thanks

  • Hmm

    Speeds have plummeted big time on Rogers 3G since the launch of the iPhone (due to congestion). Speeds don’t live up to the 3G speeds Rogers claims.

    While at home, on Wifi, I am able to get 9403 kilobits/sec, my PC gets 21,000 kilobits/sec. Not sure why there is such a huge variance. On 3G, we’re lucky to get 800 kilobits/sec or 100 kilobytes.

  • Hmm

    Speeds have plummeted big time on Rogers 3G since the launch of the iPhone (due to congestion). Speeds don’t live up to the 3G speeds Rogers claims.

    While at home, on Wifi, I am able to get 9403 kilobits/sec, my PC gets 21,000 kilobits/sec. Not sure why there is such a huge variance. On 3G, we’re lucky to get 800 kilobits/sec or 100 kilobytes.

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  • Nthn

    While in Vancouver, Coquitlam to be exact, I didn't find 3G faster for things like loading Tweetie tweets and the app store and things like that. The only thing I noticed was that the battery died faster. I don't live there, so it's not a huge deal. Maybe I expected too much and therefore didn't see the speed…lol

  • Nthn

    While in Vancouver, Coquitlam to be exact, I didn't find 3G faster for things like loading Tweetie tweets and the app store and things like that. The only thing I noticed was that the battery died faster. I don't live there, so it's not a huge deal. Maybe I expected too much and therefore didn't see the speed…lol

  • Pbug2010

    In Ottawa, 4665 kbps 3G and 6440 kbps WiFi. We're on Extreme Plus.

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