16-04-2007, 03:33 PM
Wondering if anyone else is having a play around with connecting your laptop up to your N95 and using it as a modem on T-Mobile's web 'n walk package?
I've made a connection on to the internet in a 3G network area and download speeds range between 100-384Kbps.
Now as far as I am aware, the N95 is a 3.5G phone (HSDPA compatible) and should be able to support much higher speeds, somewhere around 1.8mbps. Certainly the datacards provide by T-Mobile offer this sort of speed.
So what gives? Has anyone managed to get any speeds nearing 1.8mbps. Doing some tests on speedtest.net, I don't get anything higher than 384kbps.
Do I have to tell T-Mobile to flick a switch to put me on to the faster 3.5G network?
16-04-2007, 04:08 PM
So have just called T-Mobile and it seems that HSPDA will only work when you're in a strong 3G signal. It seems where I live isn't in a strong enough area to support the higher speeds of HSDPA. Even if your phone shows you're in a 3G area, if the signal strength isn't higher than about 3 bars, you'll connect only at the normal 3G speeds and not HSDPA.
Would like to hear what other users of HSDPA have found the service to be like and what speeds you're getting.
I'm off on a train trip from London to Plymouth and will be giving web 'n walk a road test to see if I get anywhere near the reported 1.8mbps that is supposedly feasible on HSDPA.
17-04-2007, 08:39 AM
1.8mbit is a standing next to the mast with no other customers logged onto the site type of speed T-mobiles real world hsdpa speed is 1.5mbit HSDPA as all variants of 3g does not just relly on good signal, the more people using the data channels the less people will get the high speeds in that cell, hsdpa is planned to eventually hit 7.2mbit, with a slight stop at 3.2mbit in the middle. i have attached a picture of hsdpa at its max on t-mobile, this is within 100 meters of a cell switch with a mast on top
PS: ring up 150 and ask to speak to tech support and ask them to check to see if hsdpa is active on your profile
18-04-2007, 11:45 PM
Am I correct in thinking that T-MOBILE HSDPA enables soembody to use the webnwalk browser to browse at 1.5Mb ?
Or on T-MOBILE is this speed only achievable when you connect to a laptop ?
19-04-2007, 07:27 AM
If you were in a HSDPA area with good signal strength then it purely depends on the phone you are using as to what speeds you will get. The N95 supports HSDPA so you should get the high speeds when browsing on your phone.
19-04-2007, 08:33 AM
Yes thats what I thought.
Unfortunately it doesnt seem as if T-MOBILE are flicking this feature "really" on in reality ....
Im not sure if this is designed to "encourage" individuals to upgrade to one of the more expensive packages that allow you to hook the handset up to a laptop as a modem ....
29-04-2007, 11:11 AM
I'm on the ordinary web'n'walk plan (£7.50 per month).
Just connected my N95 and laptop (Win XP) via USB to PC Suite, established the connection and went to speedtest.net.
Did the test 3 times to London server.
Averaged 1.1mbps download and 320kbps upload.
N95 displayed full 3G signal coverage.
The main problem with HSDPA is, not everywhere supports it. Currently it's being trialled by the networks, in major cities only. Such as London.
It's not just a case, that because you've got an HSDPA phone N95 for instance (that can support upto 3.6mbps downlink, and 384kbps uplink) or indeed data card, you'll get that.
As HSDPA has to be supported in your city, first. What the networks are doing with the trials, is gradually increasing the bandwidth per cell to allow for HSDPA users to surf away at ludicrous speeds via their mobile/data card (1.8mbps on T-Mobile/3.6mbps on Orange) without affecting standard 3G customers. It would be highly unfair to give the go ahead to HSDPA customers, because it would instantly bottleneck other people's connections all over the country. So the gradual increase of bandwidth, in key areas is the was it'll fly for now.
It's fairly imminant that the N95 is going to sell well, with the mass advertising campaign. So there'll be a hell of a whole lot of people, wanting to use HSDPA to it's potential. The networks will catch on, and up the bandwidth in due course. But only when they feel it's benifical to their bankys.