Mobile broadband speed test

Test your speed now

Use the mobile broadband speed test below to get a snapshot of your current download and upload speeds. This test sends and receives less data than our fixed-line broadband speed test, but its still best not to run it if you're roaming in another country. 

Feel free to use the results to beat your provider over the head with, or just to justify your own suspicions that you're not getting the broadband speeds you were promised! However, make sure you run a series of mobile broadband speed tests, at different times of the day and perhaps in different locations, to get a fair set of results.

The speed check does take a few moments to load and run, so please be patient. (Or click here if you're on cable or ADSL broadband).

Getting faster results from other speed testers?

  • Our speed tester runs a custom protocol (even if it runs on port 80/tcp) rather than HTTP used by most other speed tests. We deliver data that cannot be compressed or accelerated further to measure true performance of the line. Sometimes, this protocol is classed as 'peer-to-peer' by traffic management systems and thus can be artificially slowed down by service providers. Usually web traffic (HTTP) is prioritised. If this is happening, then it will affect other traffic too, so it is accurate.
  • Our tester uses a single stream/connection to download data, rather than multiple connections (or multi-threading). Our servers are designed to cope with this without any problems, so if a service provider cannot cope with it (or manage/shape traffic to stop a single stream using the full capacity) then it is the service which doesn't perform.
  • Some speed tests measure 'peak' speed whilst we measure 'average' speed. They are effectively acting like a policeman with a speed camera to see how far your car can go, ignoring the fact that the speed is useless if you run into a traffic jam one mile into your 20 mile journey.
  • We use 1Mbps=1024Kb in our calculations; it is possible others use 1Mb=1000Kb. This won't make much difference on lower speeds, but does mean speeds could vary by up to 1.2Mb. Technically, we think 1000Kb is right, although even Google says 1024Kb (which we've used as the basis for selecting it in the past).
  • We carry out a far longer test than many speed tests, which means more data is downloaded. This means that any problems with the connection are more likely to be visible, and in combination with the use of average rather than peak speed, this can expose connection problems.

See below for a detailed description of how the speed test actually works.

How does the Mobile Broadband Genie speed test work?

On starting the Mobile Broadband Genie speed test, our server sends your computer a small amount of data (512KB) to evaluate the initial speed of the test. The first 64KB are ignored to take in to account the possibility of a slow start to the transmission. This initial speed is then multiplied by a constant to work out how much data to send for a full test: this will last between 10 and 20 seconds.

The same evaluation process also occurs for the upstream test (to test the upload speed), sending the same amount of data. On particularly slow connections, the evaluation can take a while to complete.

The full test then begins, with our server first sending the amount of data (calculated to optimise the length of the test), followed by your machine returning the data. The average speed of the test (note: the peak speed may be higher) is then calculated and reported to you.

Unlike the Broadband Genie speed test, the Mobile Broadband Genie version limits the test to a maximum of 18.25MB in each direction. This means it is only suitable for mobile broadband connections and not say 50Mb services.

Warning: This limit has been placed to ensure the speed test doesn't eat up usage allowances, although users should be aware it may use up to 20MB per test. In practice though it is more likely to do a 0.25MB initial test and then a longer test using a few MB.

You can select a 'port 80' option by clicking the box just below the test box, which uses the port 80/tcp data transfer protocol instead of the HTTP protocol. However, because it is not HTTP, if your provider carries out traffic shaping (giving priority to certain types of data) it may be that the port 80 test will show a slower result than a HTTP test, as the latter protocol might end up being prioritised.

The data stream is pre-compressed, so it should not be possible to accelerate it using any further compression techniques/software, which could give false results.

Comments

  • unhappy

    by adelaide irvine at 17:16 on 19 Aug 2009 | registered | 1 post

    my friend has a landline but i don't. I have orange modem 225, but i took it to my friends computer to try it on hers, but it didn't work. All it said was 'can't find server'. why was that?

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    by steve at 23:36 on 31 Aug 2009

    I changed at the start of Aug 09 to vodafone mobile broadband Pro stick (black one) from the vodafone mobile broadband huawei lite stick (white one) as the pro stick i was told was better, both on 1 year contracts with speeds on both up to 7.2mbps. it appears from doing a few speedtests iam getting nowhere near this - my test result for today 31/8/09 was download 0.72 mbps with upload 0.31 mbps and the reception in my area is excellent on their coverage maps, please help

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  • neutral

    by electriceel at 21:45 on 3 Sep 2009

    Sounds like it's run by Tiscali!
    Just pray that your employer doesn't pay you like internet providers quote speeds
    "I'll pay you up to £32-00 an hour".................
    You'll end up below minimum wage!
    Complain STRONGLY to voda and try to get either free months, or reduced monthly cost, or a termination of contract without penalties.
    If they won't play ball threaten to report them to offcom and to diss them on as many broadband forums as you can.
    Good luck, You'll need it!

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  • happy

    by paulpicks21 at 13:49 on 4 Sep 2009 | registered | 2 posts

    I am very happy with my 3 mobile broadband , I nearly always get speeds of over 2 meg , the test I just did came of at 2.28mbps download and 0.28 upload. Fastest i have ever had was 2.94mbps which I consider totally amazing for mobile broadband. I using it for online gaming on my pc and xbox without any issues. Cant fault it really.

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  • unhappy

    by simon burton at 21:41 on 21 Sep 2009

    hi, i live in north Shropshire and I'm with 3. When I'm online my signal strenth is 2 to 3 bars, but my downloud speed is very very slow - at worst 10 kbs, at best 40kbs. i feel like walking in to the nearst 3 shop and throwing it at the staff inside and when thay ask me why i did it, i will say i'm just showing them how fast mobile broadband should be! if any of you out there can help me with this feel free i could use the help.

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  • neutral

    by Bill Wood at 01:57 on 24 Sep 2009

    I'm with 3. Living in Leicestershire on the edge of town. My download speed was similar to Simon, so I looked around for ways to improve it and found something called Download Accelerator Plus. A free download. All I can say is that it helps. Sometimes my downloads come in at over 2.50mbps and I reckon the average to be around 1.5mbps. depends on the time of day pretty much. The best I've ever had was in the region of 3.26mbps, but this was a one-off!

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  • happy

    by Lee Garrity at 10:44 on 1 Oct 2009

    I Have Just got The T Mobile 120 stick on the £2.00 a day tarriff,....just ran a test in south manchester & got 2.98 meg down / 0.22 meg up..not too bad if you ask me....ok not 7.2 as the add says, but hey....better than some.
    I have 4-5- bars most of the time, Although it didnt work soo well in Creetown (near stranrear)
    plus i was in a caravan....prob too much silver foil insulation lol.
    All in all im happy.....but hey the services are only gonna get quicker over time as networks expand.

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  • unhappy

    by Jonathan Feakes at 22:45 on 1 Oct 2009

    3 mobile is utterly cr*p. The broadband speed is laughable (0.1Mb on a good day) and the customer service non-existent. Thank god I've reached the end of the contarct period and can switch.

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  • unhappy

    by Lisa Smith at 21:14 on 6 Oct 2009

    Hi I live in Edinburgh and Im coming to the end of my 3 mobile broadband contract and just completed the speed test - Download 0.22 mbps and Upload 0.15 mbps!!!!!!! This is with 4 or 5 bars!!
    They've offered me what sounds like a pretty attractive deal of 15 mbs for £15 a month, but after doing the test im thinking it doesnt sound so good now.
    Not sure who to go with now though?

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  • neutral

    by Rolando at 23:27 on 14 Oct 2009

    Vodafone mobile broadband, Marylebone, London
    Date 14/10/09 23:25:23
    Download speed 1508.22 Kbps (1.47 Mbps)
    Upload speed 333.65 Kbps (0.33 Mbps)
    Server Port 8095 (tcp)

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    by chandan singh at 23:07 on 24 Oct 2009

    Rlly I am surprised to read all about 3 and vodafone in UK. I live in DELHI, India, where because of infight betbeen two different ministry, 3g spectrum auction is to be held in jan 2010. In between we have three major mobile broadband player present. Namely RELIANCE, TATA PHOTON and BSNL. A 4th one is coming i.e. MTS. Well, all of them claim a DL 3.1 MBPS and 1.8 UL speed. if i compare with the speed u get out of advertised 7.2 mbps, I think I am happy. Iget an average of 2.7 mbps DL and more than 400 kbps UL. I am using Reliance netconnect +. Tata photon is also good but speed low compared to reliance. Yes, for my handse I use MTNL 3g in delhi which gives me a speed of around 600 kbps on my handset. Nice to listen your experience.

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  • neutral

    by Oliver at 21:44 on 28 Oct 2009

    After reading these comments I'm not going down the road of removing my landline broadband service & going mobile from home - even though I get full bar 3 service in Horsham, West Sussex. Thanks everyone for putting me off. :-)
    Apart from Chandan. I might just move to Delhi instead!

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  • neutral

    by sunray at 06:02 on 3 Nov 2009

    3 Network Islington .55 up .55 down..what a joke, but its stable as hell

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  • happy

    by dylan at 00:26 on 13 Nov 2009

    I seem to be one of the lucky ones i'm on t-mobile web & walk plus using my g1 tethered via wi-fi (cool eh) and i regularly get between 700kbps to 2.1mbps.

    Somehow this seems to be faster than most people on t-mobile get using a dedicated usb stick.

    but the real sweetner is i pay £30 per month for the phone, hsdpa & £200 pounds worth or credit (flext 35 with discount )

    On the coverage map it shows my area as poor even though i'm in the centre of a city (Newport S Wales).

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  • unhappy

    by andrew simmonds at 22:53 on 25 Nov 2009

    i have mobile broadband with t-mobile and just done a download speed check . the results are shochocking. I should be getting around 4mb and the test showed i am not even getting 0.5mb i am having words with them tomorrow .

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    by Chris Marling at 11:55 on 27 Nov 2009 | registered | 130 posts

    You may want to take a look at our overview of these mobile broadband speed tests over the year so far - it makes pretty miserable reading, I'm afraid.

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  • happy

    by Mathew Percival at 12:18 on 20 Dec 2009

    I've got a T-Mobile web and walk stick, and have had it for about 18 months now, I use it in hospital as I've been stuck as a patient for 10 months now, and was simply AMAZED by results, I'm in Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire, and my download speed was an amazing 4.3mbps, better than I get on my bt net connection at home

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  • happy

    by Dave at 00:59 on 22 Dec 2009

    Well, I live out in the sticks.. No 02 Voice/Data, No Vodafone Voice/Data, Orange Voice & EDGE. "Three" 3-4 Bars & consistent 1.1-1.2 MBs Down & 360K Up. I did not buy it for use here, but for my travels. I was just setting it up on my Netbook.. Nearly fell off the chair

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  • happy

    by joss at 16:47 on 28 Dec 2009

    I was told by a tech head, that you could not upload audio football commentary on a dongle is that true?

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  • unhappy

    by Sandra Kirkby at 17:05 on 28 Dec 2009

    My orange mobile broadband dongle is totally rubbish, it takes 2 hours and 50 minutes to download a file 88.8mb file, how disgusting is this, no wonder people always go over the limit, plus my last bill was £45 because I went over, they didn't turn the dongle off when it reached the limit, orange certainly make sure you pay, I think all Orange customers should be given the option of getting out of their contracts because orange are not being fair.

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  • unhappy

    by gadge at 14:33 on 30 Dec 2009

    am with t-mobile broadband in hull and the service is nothing short of pathetic dial up was 10 times faster and we all know how slow that was. t-mobile are a disgrace and should be sued for false advertising

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  • neutral

    by daz at 23:01 on 10 Jan 2010

    hi, had a three e160g dongle for 1 year now, i've been gutted since i had it, never had the 3.6MB/s like it states on my contract, had close to 200KB/s a couple of times but generally around the .50KB/s- .120KB/s. how can isp's state one thing and provide another, normally got 2-3 bars on network status, never had 4 or 5 bar even though the carphone warehouse stated i was in an better than average signal area, looked into aerials, what a joke, £36 pound for a aerial which give little improvement, can't wait to get cable back

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  • unhappy

    by bri at 20:54 on 20 Jan 2010

    i feel ripped off with t mobile."broadband" it aint.its piss poor performance and i cant wait to end it!!

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  • happy

    by lesley at 18:37 on 27 Jan 2010

    3 !!! wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. got stuck in a 18 mth contract , their staff were rude to both my self, my friend and the manager at the shop where i bought it, called us liars and didn't respond to either e-mails or faxes.
    NB watch out cause if you live at the same address as someone else who takes out a 3 contract they will not accept you are an individual in your own right and insist on taking both monthly payments from the same account!!
    Hense i am chasing each month for the payment now the person has moved out!!!
    Only 2 months to go hallalujah.
    looking for new phone and mobile broadband - any advice there seem to be so many bad reviews.

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  • happy

    by mark looper at 05:36 on 4 Feb 2010 | registered | 1 post

    im in augusta ga on a htc touch diamond with verizon and my test was good 1.5 mbps download speed and 1 mbps upload

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  • happy

    by christo at 22:16 on 5 Feb 2010

    Not to bad. 1.16Mbps on 3 mobile. Gonna see how xbox live performs with it now.

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  • neutral

    by Joan at 00:44 on 7 Feb 2010

    I'm truly gobsmacked that isp's can get away with these false ads on broadband speed. They must think we're all daft and will accept whatever is shoved down our throats. I am going to ring my isp on Monday morning and give out to them...you'll hear me over in the UK!

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  • happy

    by melanie sallis at 18:07 on 15 Feb 2010 | registered | 1 post

    I have t-mobile web'n' walk my speed is wait for it.........7.2mbps I call that fantastic!!!!!!!!!
    I live in east yorks driffield.

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  • unhappy

    by Steve at 14:32 on 8 Mar 2010

    I am with 3 broadband. When I purchased the dongle in Currys I was shown the map for hot spots & no go areas by the sales rep, he recommended 3. I was apparently in the 2nd from hottest area & was quoted 3 - 5Mbps download! I was horrified when I was rarely getting over 0.4Mbps download in the first few weeks & regular disconnections so I called tech support. I was promised that they were working on a new transmitter in my area & if I waited things would improve. I now know that this was to get me stuck in the 24month contract & end up paying for a download bandwidth I could not possibly use, even if I downloaded 24/7! Each time I call them I get another promise that things will improve, it is a con because they always quote UP TO 8Mbps, which means if you can connect at all they have met their promise!
    Now I'm coming up to 12months into my contract & things have got worse as I am now sharing my connection with others in my area & there have been no improvements to my signal strength & speed. When I look at the hotspot map now I see that my home is in the second from WORSE area which means I will be lucky to even get a signal outside. I have always had to use my modem in my conservatory and even then I get disconnected regularly! If I sit outside, near the road, with a 9dB booster aerial then I can get 1.7Mbps like in the test I just ran! I would say that if you cannot get a good speed with land line broadband then you'll be just as unlucky with mobile broadband unless you plan on going for a drive every time you want to check your email or surf the web!

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  • happy

    by Kyle at 20:27 on 14 May 2010

    Im with T-Mobile, i've been with them for around 1 and a half years, i at first didnt like it, but i have grown to love it, i get a rough speed of 1.5 Meg, but can get speeds aproaching 2.2 Meg, i even go on Xbox Live with it, due to the poor upload speed (around 0.3, but can get 0.13 or 0.65 depending on how it feels) and unconsistant speeds i do lag a bit, i do a lot of browsing, and get a lot done, it loads up pages very fast, only a little slower then a proper cable broadband. i have found a place in my home where the speed is at its best (a 5 Bar signal, and it never goes down). still i only wish i could get a better usuage limit, instead of 3GB, if i were gettin 5GB i would be very happy, but that means spending more money that i dont really have for things of leasure. still brilliant, some more improvement on the service would be nice, still its a work in progress, and im glad i have been part of a growing, easier broadband.

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  • unhappy

    by Stuart at 20:33 on 28 May 2010

    Im in Wimbledon, London. Just come to the end of 3 contract for 3G phone and separate mobile BB. 3 MBB 0.86mb up/0.3mb down here but very patchy national coverage when travelling. Fed up with no phone signal here so moved both to Vodafone. Vodafones "Pro" usb modem faulty so unlocked the 3 E169 stick (4 euros- easy) and used voda sim in that. Now down to 0.7 down/0.3 up. Now wish I had stuck with 3 for the MBB

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  • happy

    by joey at 16:04 on 3 Jun 2010

    Date 03/06/10 15:53:37
    Download speed 4807.17 Kbps (4.69 Mbps)
    Upload speed 1491.09 Kbps (1.46 Mbps)
    Server Port 8095 (tcp)

    3 mobile broadband is amazing for me mayb im one of the luky ones : D .. play call of duty online on ps3 with it and i get made host most of the time ..

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  • happy

    by Stuart at 21:11 on 7 Jul 2010

    Up date on my previous comment. Bought a mag mount aerial from panorama antennas (about £30) comes with a 2m lead - make sure you get correct connector - different on Huwaei and ZTE dongles. Gives me 2 more bars on gprs or 3g and improves 3g coverage. Def worth it for me when travelling, just hanging out of hotel window. Best speed I have had on voda was 6Mb up/2.4 down (HSDPA) but mobile tower was in view

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  • unhappy

    by John at 21:31 on 20 Jul 2010

    I've got T-mobile and i'm so disappointed... My download speed - 0.27Mbps and upload - 0.06Mbps, but in Gravesend i've got 'exellent' coverage as they says on their website. For me that's ridiculous, cuz they told me in shop that speed should be very high - 7.2Mbps without limits for whole month... but that's my fault. Next time I wont trust 'unlimited super fast' advertises or smiling advisors...

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  • neutral

    by Kyle at 17:57 on 5 Aug 2010

    John- What signal are you getting is it GPRS? if your signal in your mobile broadband software is anything other then 3G or HSDPA then you've got a 2G not a 3G Signal. in your broadband software go into connection set up (there are different types of lay-outs for the sotware so look around and you should find it. in mine its under settings-preferances and then select 3G) and make sure you've selected 3G not 2G. with 3G and excellant signal in your area. you should get just about the optimal speeds for your ISP.

    ps im on T-Mobile in a very good coverage area and get speeds around 400KBPS Up, 2.5 MB down. So you should get even better.

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  • happy

    by Joseph Dixon at 10:21 on 25 Aug 2010

    Just done this test with my ZTE mf113 modem on three network. I'm getting on avg 3mb's down and 1.3mb's up. If i hang the dongle out of my window I can get over 4mb's! Really great considering I get 15GB for £15 a month. Even more so my I live (CA72LW) google that postcode! Im in the sticks, lol. Tried to buy a universal antenna to get the 4mb's+ speeds but didnt make a difference :( Oh, well Pleased with my 3mb's indoors! Just gets to me knowing I can get more performance just out of my window, lol

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  • unhappy

    by louise at 14:25 on 25 Sep 2010

    i'm on t-mobile
    for the past week i've been getting NO SIGNAL for like 90% of the time, i can only get signal in certain parts of the house.
    my coverage says "very good", but i'm only on 1 bar, if i'm lucky

    i live near swansea, wales. apparently orange are merging with t-mobile and my mum says orange are rubbish in wales. is this why??

    Date 25/09/10 14:15:50
    Download speed 91.60 Kbps (0.09 Mbps)
    Upload speed 74.88 Kbps (0.07 Mbps)
    Server Port 8095 (tcp)

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  • neutral

    by Eugene Maher at 21:44 on 25 Sep 2010

    A Truly Terrible Service

    3 just doesnot do what it says on the tin.
    I doesnot deliver mobile broadband

    I Just tested my Mobile Broadband above

    Down load 0.15 Upload 0.18 mb/s

    Thats on a fairly good day
    But it is not Broad Band
    Had speeds like this for a week now
    With constant interuptions and 0 service
    So almost impossible to use for anything but limited surfing

    I suppose we have New Labour to thank for the fact that 3 can get away with
    fleecing the public like this and the useless regulator helps them do it, light touch regulation indeed, others might call it simple misrepresentation and I know that if I did this in my job I would be out the door
    I would advise you not to use 3

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  • unhappy

    by brian ross at 11:10 on 27 Oct 2010

    i have 02 in aberdeen.NO signal at ALL IN MY BEDROOM

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  • happy

    by Samantha Burgess at 12:52 on 11 Jan 2011

    I've been with Vodafone for hmmmmm 2 to 3 years now? I love them!
    dont have landline due to the parents, so mobile was the only way to go. I went with 3 first. Oh dear lord, the most terrible service! its was slow, constant DC's and poor tech support. They always read the same script to me. As soon as it was up i switched to vodafone and never looked back!
    Its not as 'top notch' as landline but hey what do you expect? But i play online games, mainly WoW with my Voda dongle and thats with a 'poor 3G/HUSPA' signal. i really cant complain about them. any problem i've had, their tech staff on their forum are always willing to help and friendly to boot.

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  • neutral

    by Gavin at 14:54 on 1 Feb 2011

    YOU think 1000kb - 1mb? Oh dear.....

    We use 1Mbps=1024Kb in our calculations; it is possible others use 1Mb=1000Kb. This won't make much difference on lower speeds, but does mean speeds could vary by up to 1.2Mb. Technically, we think 1000Kb is right, although even Google says 1024Kb (which we've used as the basis for selecting it in the past).

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  • happy

    by derek at 12:13 on 20 Feb 2011

    3 what a load of **** download speeds non existant connection garbagge if you can stay connected cant wait for my contract to end. Staff in the shop not intrested

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  • happy

    by Daniel at 13:51 on 5 Jul 2011 | registered | 49 posts

    http://screencap.net/f/3752036c.png

    7.51Mbps On Three Mobile broadband, NICE!

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  • neutral

    by tony at 02:37 on 5 Nov 2011

    3 mobile broadband
    Download 0.35 Mbps upload 0.16Mbps
    15GB roll-on contract
    Location Penrith
    Need to wait 6 minutes to watch a 2 minutes length youtube video with the help of video streaming accelerator .
    Been like this any time of the day and any day of the week .
    I'm used to it now :- I

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  • unhappy

    by Not Disclosed at 20:20 on 9 Nov 2011

    Three... Ah ... Bless them!!!
    0.08Mbps (80K) D/Load ... 0.01 (10K U/Load)...

    2 days into a 'retentions offer' 18mth contract... (based on cancelation request because of 'slow line speed')

    I'm going to play the 14 day cooling off period card, but cant see them honouring it...

    If they get stroppy 2 days is still in the 7 days window under Distance Selling Regs. 2000 (good job I recorded the retentions call where all sorts of false promises were made to me!!!)

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  • happy

    by Jon at 01:44 on 10 Nov 2011 | registered | 2 posts

    Having become utterly disgusted with Orange, 60kps download, which I would have been annoyed about 20 years back on dialup I can only praise 3 Mobile.

    They may not have the greatest coverage but if you are in an area that you can get it then I could not recommend them highly enough. Nobody is going to give you 7.2mps but I am very happy with 3-4mps on a mobile.

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    by Mike at 20:40 on 10 Nov 2011

    I live on the fringe of 3 network with little to no indoor coverage. My BT broadband is very very poor, constant drop outs and low speed of fixed line currently 0.06 - 0.2 Mbits. So I have started to use a Deltenna WiBE on 3 which gives me a more reliable broadband which is typically 2 Mb + (currently 1 Mb, son is gaming)

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    by Jon at 03:17 on 11 Nov 2011 | registered | 2 posts

    Mike, the kind of speeds you describe for a landline are ludicrous and you should be looking to OFCOM!

    Look at other SP's in your area as over-subscription is the commonest problem. Also, NEVER trust 'radial' distance as a guide to service because you may, as I do, live 1.2km from your serving exchange but my actual line length, which is what really matters, is truthfully over 2.5km.

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    by Sam at 14:21 on 16 Nov 2011

    Have been using a 3Dongle for some time now (with great success) so decided to obtain the 3 MiFi on a contract. It arrived today and i am so happy with it's performance. Just carried out a speed test and i'm getting 2.9 and 2.3 (i live in rural west sussex). i am obviously just lucky...and VERY happy!!!

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  • happy

    by Will at 20:46 on 6 Dec 2011

    Seems like 3 are up there in terms of giving what they state, no more rubbish like this article suggests. made host on PS3 constantly, so seems fine.

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    by Phil at 20:05 on 15 Dec 2011 | registered | 1 post

    I`m on 3 and up until yesterday things were fine,resoanble speeds,always 5 bars (tho i swear it lies sometimes),sometimes i get the dreaded "no network" message,but then thats probaly because of some technical fault at their end. I also live within 100 yards of the phone mast and can quite clearly see it from my bedroom window,so i just point me dongle at it.

    But as of yesterday my speed has droped dramatically. it took me 20+ mins to load my fb page!! I have run various diffent speed tests again and again at various times of the day and night. So far i`m lucky to break the 1mg download speed...upload is(dont laugh) always 0.01mg .Even on here :/ What the hell is going on? Anyone eles got a similar problem?

    I`m think of a hammer Vs my dongle. Or maybe i`ll send a pigeon to 3 HQ stateing that i would have emailed them but it would have taken 2 weeks to reach them and a pigeonn was alot quicker lol

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    by Stevie B at 17:16 on 10 Jan 2012

    My new MiFi 586 has arrived today, My new place has no landline so i thought I would give 3 a go........... WOW am I impressed :-) 3.1 and 4.2 in the middle of Derbyshire... I certainly wont be having the landline put in! I dont do online gaming or use huge amount of data son this is going to do me just fine And I can take it in my camper van too

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    by Allan at 22:21 on 10 Jan 2012

    I don't usually place comments on these sites but thought that I should because there seems to be a lot of negativity towards "3". I have been using a 3 mifi for nearly 2 years now and have never had any major problems. I have used it in the middle of Dartmore and Somerset, north Kent and many places between The only bad area was in the weald of Sussex around Rushlake Green. I am using it a home and have had 3 computers running on it. (two by wifi) my speed is always between 2.4 and 3.8. I am so pleased with 3 that I am even thinking of getting shot of my home broadband. My home setup is with Talktalk and they are total rubbish. Talktalks speed is between 0 and 4.5 Thats right no connection most mornings and it costs £31 for 40gb (together with phoneline and phonecalls which we never use) . "3" is half that price but unforunately only has 15gb.

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    by Nigel Webb at 08:41 on 20 Jan 2012

    I have 2 "3" phones. On one I can only do an internet 'add-on' of 2Gb for £5 as it is an old SIM but I get as much as 2.25Mb download speed. On the other, which is newer but the same model phone, I can 'add-on' all-you-can-eat broadband which I thought would be a better deal, but I can only get 0.67Mb download speed.

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  • unhappy

    by Django at 19:02 on 12 Sep 2012

    I want to use the Mobile Broadband Speed Test which is meant to be on this site BUT IS MISSING! How aggravating! Where is it? Get this sorted pls.

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    by Matt Powell at 12:18 on 13 Sep 2012 | registered | 940 posts

    Django, the speed test is definitely there, I'm looking at it now.

    You need Flash and Java installed and enabled to use it.

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  • happy

    by David Evans at 20:32 on 27 Oct 2012

    My old dongle was on the blink with an upload of 0.14. it kept dropping out too. the new one gives me an upload of 1.21 and 5.32 down at the busy time of the day.

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  • unhappy

    by Hello at 02:35 on 26 Feb 2013


    DOWNLOAD 2.27 Mbps
    UPLOAD 0.49 Mbps

    Detailed Results
    Date 26/02/13 02:29:57
    Download speed 2326.74 Kbps (2.27 Mbps)
    Upload speed 499.81 Kbps (0.49 Mbps)
    Server Port 80 (tcp)

    and it says it was 7.2...

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  • neutral

    by Ian at 15:40 on 5 Apr 2013

    I wouldn't normally bother commenting here but I thought it fair to put up a small defence for 3. Firstly it doesn't matter who your provider is, they will always be rubbish for someone. I was with O2 for 18 months and they struggled to give me a 3G signal at all sometimes. I have just done a speedtest here and I get 10.58 Mbps download and 2.32 Mbps upload. I have had as high as 15 Mbps in a slightly different location. The speeds you get are dependant on so many factors such as your location, load from other users, capabilities of your device and so on. Moaning because you don't get 7.2 Mbps on a dongle is quite crazy - no provider makes any guarantees of speed, they are stating what the hardware is capable of receiving.

    In fact, Three are being honest for a provider in their current Ultrafast campaign which encompasses both 3G and 4G under the same banner. They are stating likely attainable speeds as opposed to the maximum speeds possible - makes interesting reading.

    There are pros and cons to all mobile providers but I personally think Three are offering the best value unlimited use Internet with tethering included, I wouldn't change. Oh, their call centre is an exercise in patience I wouldn't recommend to anyone - always try a shop first.

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  • unhappy

    by Jason at 22:30 on 14 May 2013

    Three’s mobile broadband is a BLOODY DISGRACE.

    Download speeds at peak hours::
    Three mobile broadband: 0.125Mbps
    Tethered Vodafone phone: 1.16Mbps

    Loading times at ‘peak’ hours (peak times for Three is most of the day):

    Google web search – 39sec
    Google image search - up to 5 minutes
    Soundcloud – 3min
    Twitter – 2min 45sec

    Over the past four months Three’s mobile broadband has become steadily worse. It’s atrocious… tortuously SLOW.

    Like a fool I bought Three’s ‘Premium’ dongle last year thinking it would be faster. Not so. The only time I get descent speeds is during the small hours… 2, 3, 4am - at all other times it’s woeful. I frequently have to tether my Vodafone mobile at so-called ‘peak’ hours when Three’s signal is almost non-existent... I want to take a hammer to my precious dongle such is my rage.

    Three constantly messes about with the signal – making ‘adjustments’ they call it, making it worse I say. For a few months at the back end of last year it was a brilliant signal – fast speeds at any time of the day. Not now. The fact that the signal is constant with good speeds during those small hours when most people are asleep suggests that it’s not me, my laptop or the placement of the dongle: the problem is Three. And I live in London, not the Hebrides.

    To be fair it’s the same with all providers – poor mobile broadband wherever you go, light years behind fixed line. It’s about time these companies put some effort into bringing prehistoric mobile broadband into the 21st century.

    Premium wonder-dongles? They should be giving them away.

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