Broadband mobile Internet: reality versus advertized speed
Like any â€˜normalâ€™ Internet addict I try to be connected anywhere I go. If 2-3 years ago I only had a computer connection at home and one at work now Iâ€™m also connected with my mobile phone and my laptop via a 3G modem.
Iâ€™m not traveling a lot but when I do both my phone and my laptop connection comes in handy: I can check my email or browse the latest news in Google Reader when I catch a break. All seem perfect, right? Well, it isnâ€™t as always the maximum advertised speeds in your contract are far far away from what youâ€™ll get in reality.
Imagine that my 3G modem is rated for 7.2 Mbps download and 2.0 Mbps upload: I never see those numbers in reality, not even close as I believe 30-35 % of the maximum speed is far away from 100%. And someone at the shop had the nerve to tell me that the contract determines the maximum speed, not the modem, which is only true if the modemâ€™s speed is higher than the contract stipulated maximum, which it isnâ€™t in this case. Plus the maximum real speed is only reached in ideal conditions and not in every corner of my country. Now for example Iâ€™m writing this article from a GPRS connection and I get 30-40 kbps top speed and 20-25 kbps average. Thatâ€™s low even for Opera Turbo mode. And now theyâ€™ve announced 21 Mbps subscription plans. Why?
Practically I canâ€™t browse more than one website at a time, and I really have to be patient or else Iâ€™m getting crazy. Whatâ€™s worse is that I know I didnâ€™t choose the worst provider as all of the available providers in Romania have the same coverage and speed problems. And thatâ€™s true also for US, Canada and every other country on this planet.
I donâ€™t know why they get out with it but they shouldnâ€™t. I know the contract doesnâ€™t states the minimum speed but they rely on marketing for people who donâ€™t know how things really are. I knew what I was getting into before buying the 3G modem and contract, but that doesnâ€™t stops me from being annoyed.
The really problem is that you canâ€™t have broadband Internet speed on a 3G mobile connection everywhere you go and at a decent price. You donâ€™t have a choice and thatâ€™s what bothers me. And as websites are now built without taking in consideration slow network connections you get stuck with email (maybe) and text messaging. Thereâ€™s no way you could work in this conditions.
If you have a different story I would like to hear it, but I doubt itâ€™s so much different than mine.