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  1. sbono13's Avatar
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    I've been doing some speed testing with my Sprint Treo600 using the Palm program Bmeter (available at http://www.hexlet.com/Products/bmeter.html). What I understand this program to do is measure the effective speed as the device downloads 4 KB files 10 times in a row.

    I did this test 3 times in a reasonable signal strength area here in the SF bay area (two bars) during peak drive time (6PM). Here are the average results for the ten successive iterations.

    byte/s
    172
    2359
    4061
    5926
    4730
    5988
    4454
    5112
    10313
    5656

    Each test took about 40 seconds to clock the 10 downloads. I'm a little suspicious of the first iteration, as it might be a server issue more than a network issue. Even so, it looks to me as if it takes between 3-4s for the Sprint Vision network to ramp up to a nice sustained speed. This might explain why small web/wap pages have always seemed to load just as slowly (if not slower) over Vision as over the old wireless web, even though large downloads clearly benefit from the new network.

    Anyone willing to try this test using a GPRS Treo600? The test uses up 41 KB, so make sure you can spare the cost for those of you on a per KB plan.
  2. #2  
    Here are the GPRS numbers for T-Mobile USA

    1. 1031
    2. 2677
    3. 4404
    4. 3330
    5. 4222
    6. 3864
    7. 3500
    8. 5319
    9. 3828
    10. 3828

    Average: 2974

    I guess Sprint really is faster....those bastards!
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    Here's Sprint in Richmond,Virginia, from my bedroom (3 bars):

    950
    8904
    3976
    14124
    6113
    10240
    9102
    4551
    3976
    8714

    Avg: 4091

    Note: Program downloaded, unzipped and installed directly to Treo600. No synching required!
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    i forgot to report the averages with my original post... here's another run i just did at 10:30 PM here in california.

    1. 205
    2. 1998
    3. 7185
    4. 5319
    5. 5319
    6. 8533
    7. 5688
    8. 17066
    9. 3330
    10. 7314

    avg. 1497 bytes/s (11.98 kbps)

    My friend in LA, CA is getting similar numbers. Looks like Sprint is much faster in VA, though (on average); at least it isn't starting so slowly over there!

    Those GPRS numbers are pretty respectable, considering you get 2 more hours of battery life and can receive calls during data sessions. That more than makes up for the marginally lower data speeds compared Sprint. Of course, your upload speeds are pathetic .
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    Originally posted by skidoo
    Here's Sprint in Richmond,Virginia, from my bedroom (3 bars):

    950
    8904
    3976
    14124
    6113
    10240
    9102
    4551
    3976
    8714

    Avg: 4091

    Note: Program downloaded, unzipped and installed directly to Treo600. No synching required!
    Yeah, mine works to about 32.7 kiloBITS per second (kbps).
  6. #6  
    Saturday morning in NE Ohio with Sprint (one bar is all I ever get at home - until they put a tower in Lake Erie!!:

    344
    3864
    16384
    14124
    17066
    8533
    17066
    17066
    14124
    14124

    Avg: 2682 bytes/sec
    Last edited by lb505; 12/13/2003 at 09:33 AM.
  7. #7  
    Saturday morning, 10:16 EST, 4 bars:

    1- 176
    2- 1836
    3- 2642
    4- 591
    5- 1442
    6- 1959
    7- 1692
    8- 3657
    9- 4762
    10- 3079

    Avg. 920

    10:18 EST, 4 bars:

    1- 183
    2- 3828
    3- 3126
    4- 4357
    5- 3225
    6- 10240
    7- 3385
    8- 12047
    9- 3357
    10 - 5056

    Avg. 1326
    Me = Nokia 5170/Palm III > Kyocera 6035 > Treo 600 > Treo 650 > Treo 700p > Treo 755p > Treo Pro > Palm Pre

    Wife = Treo 600 > Treo 650 > Treo 755p > Palm Centro > Palm Pixi
  8. #8  
    My values for a saturday afternoon in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with a T-mobile GPRS account:

    #1 - 994 bytes/sec
    #2 - 2946 bytes/sec
    #3 - 4934 bytes/sec
    #4 - 3442 bytes/sec
    #5 - 3864 bytes/sec
    #6 - 3330 bytes/sec
    #7 - 3056 bytes/sec
    #8 - 4876 bytes/sec
    #9 - 3792 bytes/sec
    #10 - 3303 bytes/sec

    min: 994 bytes/sec
    max: 4934 bytes/sec
    avg: 2860 bytes/sec
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    Chicago area, on Cingular:

    Min: 1039
    Max: 5926
    Avg: 3459
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    Atlanta area

    1-1457
    2-7876
    3-14124
    4-14124
    5-10502
    6-17808
    7-14628
    8-17808
    9-12412

    bytes rec 40960

    min 1457
    max 17808
    avg 7185
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    I tested 3 times @ 5:30pm. 2 bars in Webster Univ computer lab...

    BMeter results:

    Connecting to noir.crocodile.org
    Connected to noir.crocodile.org
    User interrupt
    Iterations: 0
    Bytes Recevied: 0
    Connecting to noir.crocodile.org
    Connected to noir.crocodile.org
    #1 - 2226 bytes/sec
    #2 - 6023 bytes/sec
    #3 - 5319 bytes/sec
    #4 - 14124 bytes/sec
    #5 - 8533 bytes/sec
    #6 - 11377 bytes/sec
    #7 - 3938 bytes/sec
    #8 - 3592 bytes/sec
    #9 - 17066 bytes/sec
    #10 - 14124 bytes/sec
    Iterations: 10
    Bytes Recevied: 40960
    Min - 2226 bytes/sec
    Max - 17066 bytes/sec
    Avg - 5744 bytes/sec
    Connecting to noir.crocodile.org
    Connected to noir.crocodile.org
    #1 - 1365 bytes/sec
    #2 - 14124 bytes/sec
    #3 - 4876 bytes/sec
    #4 - 12047 bytes/sec
    #5 - 5389 bytes/sec
    #6 - 14124 bytes/sec
    #7 - 11070 bytes/sec
    #8 - 3657 bytes/sec
    #9 - 2512 bytes/sec
    #10 - 14124 bytes/sec
    Iterations: 10
    Bytes Recevied: 40960
    Min - 1365 bytes/sec
    Max - 14124 bytes/sec
    Avg - 4586 bytes/sec
    Connecting to noir.crocodile.org
    Connected to noir.crocodile.org
    #1 - 1063 bytes/sec
    #2 - 10778 bytes/sec
    #3 - 9309 bytes/sec
    #4 - 12800 bytes/sec
    #5 - 17066 bytes/sec
    #6 - 17066 bytes/sec
    #7 - 12047 bytes/sec
    #8 - 21557 bytes/sec
    #9 - 12047 bytes/sec
    #10 - 14124 bytes/sec
    Iterations: 10
    Bytes Recevied: 40960
    Min - 1063 bytes/sec
    Max - 21557 bytes/sec
    Avg - 6177 bytes/sec
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    I tested my GSM version on T-Mobile in Pittsburgh with the Sprint version at the sprint store and found that there is no real difference in using the 600 to surf the web. They both load sites in about the same time. Therefore I guess the only reason to use Sprint would be if you connect to a laptop which is faster via a Sprint connection. If you do not require constant connections to laptops I think you would be crazy to pass up on the GSM version if you were in the market fo service. Being able to recieve calls while connected to the web and the extended battery time make the GSM a winner.
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    There is a difference between the gsm and cdma speeds, quite a bit actually. Look at the results on this thread.
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    I decided to try this and here are my results:
    BMeter results:

    Connecting to noir.crocodile.org
    Connected to noir.crocodile.org
    #1 - 1545 bytes/sec
    #2 - 4137 bytes/sec
    #3 - 2642 bytes/sec
    #4 - 14124 bytes/sec
    #5 - 14628 bytes/sec
    #6 - 17066 bytes/sec
    #7 - 12047 bytes/sec
    #8 - 14124 bytes/sec
    #9 - 14124 bytes/sec
    #10 - 9102 bytes/sec
    #11 - 17066 bytes/sec
    #12 - 17066 bytes/sec
    #13 - 12047 bytes/sec
    #14 - 17066 bytes/sec
    #15 - 14124 bytes/sec
    #16 - 10778 bytes/sec
    #17 - 5389 bytes/sec
    #18 - 14124 bytes/sec
    #19 - 2694 bytes/sec
    #20 - 14124 bytes/sec
    #21 - 17066 bytes/sec
    #22 - 17066 bytes/sec
    #23 - 14124 bytes/sec
    #24 - 14124 bytes/sec
    #25 - 17066 bytes/sec
    #26 - 14124 bytes/sec
    #27 - 12047 bytes/sec
    #28 - 17066 bytes/sec
    #29 - 8031 bytes/sec
    #30 - 17066 bytes/sec
    Iterations:\
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    Lakewood Colorado - Sprint - home - 3 bars
    50 iterations.
    Min - 316
    Max - 8714
    Avg - 4960


    The first iteration is always < 500 bytes/s, dragging the average
    down, which is why I bumped the settings up from 10 to 50 itterations.

    Over several runs, saw a max of 8714 several times, never higher. That's about 70kbps and I suspect that's the cap in this area. 40-56kbps is more normal speed for me. I notice many folks show a max of 17066 bytes/sec which is about double that.

    ian
  16. #16  
    OK, I know I'm being dim, but how are you calculating kbps? It's obviously not just the average bytes/second divided by 1000.

    What am I missing?
  17. #17  
    Never mind - as I said, I was being dim. (kbps = kilobits/second, 1 byte = 8 bits)
  18. #18  
    There is a difference between the gsm and cdma speeds, quite a bit actually. Look at the results on this thread.
    Yes there is a difference in speed when doing things like downloading via your laptop but there is no difference in speed while browsing the web or checking e-mail while using these features while on the Treo. Blazer pages load at almost the same time. You would still be better off using the GSM version if laptop connectivity were not an issue.
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    I agree that there does not seem to be much noticeable difference for web browsing. I disagree that you can safely extend that analogy to e-mail. If you never get attachments, it may be true. I really notice the difference, though, when downloading large attachments, which I do frequently. Between that issue and the better Sprint coverage in this area (north central NJ plus NYC), I decided to pass up the GSM advantages (which I admit are considerable).

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