Monday, June 20, 2005

EVDO bandwidth testing (it rocks!)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one is worth the $79.99 that Verizon Wireless charges for unlimited EVDO usage!

EVDo Bandwidth results

This bandwidth test was run on my Toshiba Portege M205 Tablet PC using the PC 5220 PC Card in the PCMCIA slot. Within EVDO range, I'm getting roughly 931 kbps download speeds and 109 kbps upload speeds; about what my original DSL speeds were until the recent Verizon upgrades. Once outside of the EVDO range, my speeds have dropped to around 60 kbps, however, the prospect of connectivity anywhere and anytime makes it worthwhile for a mobile professional...or a "techADDICT" like me! ;)

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At 6/21/2005 8:21 AM, Anonymous LoneSniper said...

Kevin, you are very lucky to have a service like that. Here in the UK mobile telecom companies to not understand the words 'unlimited' and charge us HUGE amounts for tiny data plans. It is therefore no surprise that even though we have a lot of new 3G services, take up is very slow.

At 6/21/2005 8:47 AM, Blogger Kevin C. Tofel said...

I completely agree on the "luck" factor. How do the providers expect to recoup the infrastructure of their networks? Recurring subscription fees are the quickest, most lucrative way. By not providing unlimited service at a relatively reasonable price, they're not only hurting the consumer, but they are hurting their own pocketbooks as well! Hopefully things will change in the UK for you!

At 9/16/2005 11:49 AM, Blogger Brad said...

I can't seem to find any info on the range of an EVDO hot spot. How close do you have to be to an EVDO "tower" to get service?

At 9/16/2005 2:15 PM, Blogger Kevin C. Tofel said...

Brad, I don't know that I would think it like a WiFi "hotspot". Verizon has rolled this out in way that many, many square miles of an area have coverage. Since it works off of the existing cell towers, if you can get cellular service in an EVDO area, you will have EVDO availability. If you check the Verizon coverage map, you might get a better idea of what I mean. When you run the Coverage Locator for your area, check the "BroadbandAccess" radio button so see where EVDO will work for you.


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