Cingular BroadbandConnect Experience

Cingular was the third US mobile network with a 3G service. Previously, I’ve used Sprint and Verizon 3G networks tethered via Bluetooth and typically achieved 500-700Kbps sessions. Using a Dell 420 with a built-in GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA/UMTS radio, I’ve received similar bandwidth as with the Sprint and Verizon EV-DO networks. However, sessions are much more stable and consistent. This may be due to the lack of Bluetooth tethering or the Cingular service (e.g., EDGE vs. 1xRTT, etc.).

Below is an unscientific collection of experience using Cingular BroadbandConnect across the US. Tests performed using bandwidth speed tests from broadbandreports.com .

  City State Cingular region Download (Kbps) Upload (Kbps) Signal (bars) Date
  Palo Alto CA San Jose 773 342 4/5 19 Dec 06
  Menlo Park CA San Jose 663 339 1/5 18 Dec 06
  Delray Beach FL West Palm Beach 624 342 2/5 25 Dec 06
  St. Petersburg FL Tampa 465 342 0/5 28 Dec 06
  Atlanta GA Atlanta 694 347 5/5 23 Dec 06
  Grapevine TX Dallas 1037 345 5/5 07 Feb 07
  Salt Lake City UT Salt Lake City 595 116 3/5 01 Jan 07

Last update: 10 Feb 2007 -Dallas, TX & Salt Lake City, UT

Comment (1)

  1. Doug Taylor wrote::

    3G does not work inside many of the Disney meeting rooms in their hotels. It may work in the lobby but not in meeting rooms. This is not unique to 3G but rather – they block most cell phone signals on rides in the parks and inside meeting/convention rooms.

    Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 11:09 #