Android and Me

Got T-Mobile? Help us test their new HSPA 7.2

5 years ago 200

If you have visited this site over the last couple of months, you might have noticed we were really hyping T-Mobile’s planned upgrade to HSPA 7.2. T-Mobile told us the rollout would be complete in 2009 on all their 3G nodes, but we have no evidence it was ever turned on.

Over the last week I have been guessing the launch was pushed back till January 5, 2010 to coincide with the Nexus One launch. According to Phone Scoop, that is exactly what happened.

T-Mobile has yet to publish an official press release, but look for one later today. Phone Scoop is a reliable site and if they are reporting that HSPA 7.2 is live, they likely had access to an early press release from T-Mobile.

We have reached out to T-Mobile USA to confirm the network status, but you can help us test it in the mean time.

Grab the application Speedtest.net from the Android Market (or scan the QR code above) and share your results. For the sake of keeping everything simplified, please run the test with the default settings (kbps). If you are on another network (Sprint or Verizon), feel free to share your 3G speeds as well.

The key things T-Mobile customers should look for are:

  • Improved latency: Ping times under 200 ms.
  • Faster download speeds: Theoretical peak of 7.2 Mbps, but actual speeds should hopefully be around 2000 kbps +.
  • Improved upload speeds: I believe most current model Android phones max out at 2.1 Mbps for upload speed. Anything over 500 kbps is good.

The following is an example of a speed test I ran. It is not exactly blazing fast, but there is an improvement in ping times and download speeds. I’ve only tested in one area of my city and I intend to run a lot more speed tests as we travel the country this week.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G
Corpus Christi, TX
Ping: 177 ms
Download: 800 kbps
Upload: 116 kbps