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Sweettxchick

@spcsdns.net

slow speeds..live right next to tower

So far millenicom is great for browsing the web. Goes to pages fast but i pulled up my Uttorent to try to see how fast it would download stuff and it was only getting up to 200kbps down speed tops (have a Sprint Overdrive hotspot on the BYOD 50GB plan). That is slow, so now im worried i wont be able to game (world of warcraft) with that speed. I live right down the road from a sprint tower, should i call millenicom and ask why the speeds are so slow?



Sweettxchick

@spcsdns.net

»coverage.sprint.com/action/WebIm···FFFFTFTF
there is the sprint map..the tower down the road from me has two data speed upgrades it shows.

and here is my speed test:
»www.speedtest.net/result/2522383237.png

and pingtest
»www.pingtest.net/result/77421962.png

earlier the speed test was showing lower, but that is still low. I get better down speed at the laundromat lol (about 500kbps and thats slow for downloading) (my verizon hotspot using verizon service got up to 2MBps download speeds and we arent very close to a verizon tower so i dont see why the Sprint hotspot being so close to a tower is slow)



Sweettxchick

@spcsdns.net
reply to Sweettxchick

»www.pingtest.net/result/77422397.png



Sweettxchick

@spcsdns.net
reply to Sweettxchick

sorry i posted the sprint coverage map and not the tower map..here is the tower map.
»network.sprint.com/search/75603/


m12345s

join:2010-10-13
Bolivar, MO
reply to Sweettxchick

It looks like you are on 3G, that is great speed for 3G, should you be getting 4G? If not, that is much higher for 3G than most people get, that pingtest looks really good too.



fred_97898

@spcsdns.net
reply to Sweettxchick

fwiw, the little free app StatBar will show your up and down speeds all the time. no sure what others are using on windows though.



Sweettxchick

@spcsdns.net
reply to m12345s

If that is great speeds for Sprint network then i think I will just switch to the Verizon plan that millenicom has. 2mb down speed equals like 200kBps..with Verizon i was getting speeds of more than 8mb down (which would equal solid 1.5MBps download speed and downloaded about 3GB of info in about 15 minutes. For the same amount of info at the speeds im getting now it will take like 5hrs or more and use tons of internet bandwidth.) Also on the Verizon hotspot when i played WoW my latency was around 150, I have yet to try it while using Sprint



bpedigo29

@myvzw.com

Lakeport huh, I used to work out at the gregg county airport.

You really do need to get on the verizon plan. I had sprint and verizon at the same time to test them out and sprint was horrible. Especially for online gaming. For good latency, consistency is even better than seeing some high speeds. High speeds are nice, but if they fluctuate non stop that will ruin your latency in any game. I play WoW as well, and am on the Verizon network.


m12345s

join:2010-10-13
Bolivar, MO
reply to Sweettxchick

Are you connecting on 3G or 4G, it appears you are on 3G, when you had Verizon you must of been getting 4G.



sweettxchick

@myvzw.com

Thanks for all your answers. I guess i will have to buy a Verizon hotspot from them. Our sprint hotspot we bought from Ebay quit working yesterday. Just didn't want to because we have a Verizon hotspot that works perfectly, but Verizon plans with it is $90 for 10 gigs. Will they make me pay the $40 startup fee and have to repay the $70 that we already paid?



sweettxchick

@myvzw.com
reply to m12345s

And i was told we were 3g for verizon. 4g doesn't start until dallas area. I guess sprint just has bad speeds. I wanted the 50gb plan so i could uttorent and raid on WoW. But if its going to always take hrs to download stuff then its useless.


m12345s

join:2010-10-13
Bolivar, MO

Ok, that makes a lot more sense now, yeah you can't really compare 4G with 3G, 4G ping and speeds is just so much better, but the speed you were getting with Sprint 3G was actually really good for 3G, not sure what Millenicom's procedures are for that, when you signed up did they tell you that you could get 4G with the Sprint plan, cause obviously you couldn't.



sweetxchick

@myvzw.com

No i wasn't told i would get 4g on sprint i just didn't know the speed difference was that big. I'm suppose to get a new Hotspot tomorrow and i will test WoW on it to make my decision. My speeds may have gotten up to 2mbps but they were ot consistant at all. it would jump from 200kbps to 90kbps to 150kbpd etc



bpedigo29

@myvzw.com

It's very possible you could get 4g in that area. I know there is 4g verizon in Gladewater, as well as Tyler and outside of Tyler. I'm between Tyler and Canton and I even pick up a 4g signal (although it isn't a strong signal without an antenna)


stenman

join:2007-03-07
Salinas, CA
reply to Sweettxchick

Check the device connection and see whether it is making a 3G connection all the time or sometimes instead making a 1xRTT connection. Quite a few devices will choose whichever provides the stronger signal regardless of speed. Millenicom tech support can walk you through the procedure to check this and tell you whether your device can be set to accept 3G only.

Even with the modems that can be set we have found that for unnknown reasons they will switch back to "Auto" and we will have to again set them to 3G only. With 4G the only device I know that will let you set it to 4G only is the problem plagued Novatel 4620 Mifi hotspot device.