Rogers 3G Network Speedtest: iPhone 3G vs iPhone 3GS

The iPhone 3GS has some extra horsepower under the hood compared to the iPhone 3G. This was revealed in yesterday’s iPhone 3G vs 3GS boot up speed comparison. Another reason why people want the iPhone 3GS is the increased network speed over 3G.

Today’s video will primarily focus on Rogers 3G network speeds. It will feature another iPhone 3G vs iPhone 3GS showdown. The video will also show the launch speed of default iPhone apps (ie Weather, Stocks, Camera, Settings, etc) and a 3D application. Also the following question will be answered: Should I buy/upgrade to the iPhone 3GS?

Watch the video below to find out!

The Rogers Network is the Limitation for All iPhone 3GS Owners

As an iPhone 3GS owner, it irritates me that I can only get a max speed of about 2.2-2.5Mbps down. What gives? Rogers clearly advertises 7.2Mbps but this is actually impossible to achieve. Let’s quote the Rogers website:

Rogers has built more than the backbone of a network. We’ve created the fastest mobile network in the country. And we’re excited to announce that Canada’s fastest network‡ just got even faster, with the Rogers 3.5G Network. We’ve increased our network download speed from 3.6 Mbps to up to 7.2 Mbps from coast to coast, so you can browse, open/edit attachments, and access files faster than ever before. Even 2X faster than with the competition.

Err…network download speed of 3.6-7.2Mbps?! That is ridiculous because our test above showed that we barely were able to achieve 2.5Mbps on the iPhone 3GS. I would love to find out how we can get at least 3.6 or higher on my iPhone 3GS. Do I need to drive out into the countryside where the networks aren’t overcrowded?

My Open Letter to Rogers: Your GSM Days Will Soon Be Numbered

Dear Rogers, I implore you to increase the capacity to your network to allow the iPhone 3GS (aka the “fastest” iPhone yet–but not on Rogers) to perform to its peak. I strongly urge you to do so because when Telus/Bell rolls out their GSM network, you will be left in the dust. Here’s a sneak peak of things to come if you don’t believe me:


(thanks to Louis-Mario Jetté from Victoriaville, Quebec for emailing this in!)

YOUR TURN TO SHINE! Download the apps Speedtest and Then, tell us the following info, like the example below (copy and paste into comments): (or Speedtest)
Network: Rogers
iPhone: 3GS
Location: Vancouver
Down: 2500kbps
Up: 200kbps

What speeds are you able to get on your iPhone 3G? iPhone 3GS?