Sep 26 AT 8:17 PM Taylor Wimberly 123 Comments

How fast is 3G data on your Android phone?

T-Mobile has been busy all week rolling out 3G to dozens of  new markets according to our friends at TmoNews. California, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, and several other states now have cities that are coming online. Thousands of Android users are getting to experience 3G speeds for the first time.

We know T-Mobile is working to upgrade their 3G network to HSDPA (7.2 Mbps) in 2009 and HSPA+ (21 Mbps) in 2010, but how fast is it right now? The T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G are capable of HSDPA  7.2, but I do not believe any markets reach that speed yet. From the reports I have read, T-Mobile 3G data speeds tops out around 1 to 1.5 Mbps down and 384 Kbps up.

How fast is 3G data on your Android phone?

Download the Xtreme Labs Speedtest and post your results (make sure WiFi is turned off). I have been running the test for several days and the fastest downloads I get around my place are 500 Kbps. The best results have come when I was outside. Run the test a couple times and share what you find.

Please post your results in the following format:

Carrier and phone
Max download
Max upload


T-Mobile myTouch 3G
Corpus Christi, TX
Download: 531.4 Kbps
Upload: 134.1 Kbps

For a sneak peek at T-Mobile HSDPA+ check out the hands on report from PCMAG.

Update (9/26 21:47): From what I can tell, the current T-Mobile 3G network is capped at HSDPA 1.8 Mbps. Their is also HSDPA 3.6 Mbps, but it appears T-Mobile has skipped that speed in favor of launching HSDPA 7.2 by the end of 2009. I’m trying to get further information to clarify this.

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