iPhone 4 Speed Test – Telstra vs Optus

Over the weekend, I had two iPhone 4 devices to play with.  One with a Telstra SIM, one with an Optus SIM (MicroSIM to be precise) As you may...

Over the weekend, I had two iPhone 4 devices to play with.  One with a Telstra SIM, one with an Optus SIM (MicroSIM to be precise)

As you may know, I haven’t yet decided which carrier to choose – should I decide to get an iPhone 4.

How did they perform?I did some random tests at home, and found Optus to be performing much better than my old iPhone 3G.  This is because the iPhone 4 uses HSDPA data for the first time this is better speed, and also the iPhone 4 as I understand it uses the 900MHz spectrum which the old iPhones did not, and as such reception is better (in regional areas this will be great, as the lower the freqency the better the signal travels distances).

So, this morning, between home and the office, I did a vast number of tests – using the SpeedTest App, firstly on the Sydney Server, then choosing Canberra which is not directly hosted by Optus.

I did a LOT of tests on the drive from Northern Sydney (Hornsby area) to Artarmon.

Basically, constant checks most of the way.

I was stunned by the results.  For the first time in a long time I was seeing actual speed via 3G, 4Mbs regularly.

MOST IMPRESSIVE was Telstra showing uploads at high rates like its downloads, unlike Optus who’s uploads are more like we are used to where they are clearly slower than downloads.

I removed the three worst for each telco, just to get rid of any issues that might have been there for each.

iPhone 4 Speed Tests - Optus vs Telstra

The top straight line (light Blue) is Optus’ Download average – they highest.  Next is the Aqua Blue line, Telstra’s Download average, then closely followed by the Orange which is Telstra Upload Average, and down the bottom is the pinkish line, Optus’ Upload average

Overall the Telstra parity between Up and Download is impressive, as is their consistent speed, Optus while fast was also sometimes inconsistent.  However, this is markedly better than it has been in the past.

Now to do some sort of call drop out test!

Rounded totals:

Telstra Down Telstra Up Optus Down Optus Up
AVERAGE 2809.31 2634.96 3135.47 1428.56
MIN 874 407 419 376
MAX 6269 3592 6112 1717

(*All figures are kpbs)


Telstra
Down
Telstra Up Optus Down Optus Up
1840 2274 1447 1703
1094 2863 2256 1540
1517 489 1940 1596
3699 407 1348 1606
1574 1088 2491 1581
2992 3002 800 1509
874 3366 2072 1335
1662 1639 2410 1576
2659 3386 2578 1584
5158 2633 3936 1428
3824 2870 3873 1586
3564 3484 4573 1628
3827 3478 4357 1426
3881 3561 4078 1575
2754 3401 4923 1487
3772 2284 4854 1552
2654 2902 855 671
2542 3281 2538 1441
1778 1984 2365 1553
968 2013 4482 927
3742 2967 1673 1583
2366 3046 3452 1614
5240 2530 3436 1525
4476 2954 2914 1579
5519 2835 3401 1012
3436 3308 3749 1413
4011 2546 4529 1618
3379 2369 4887 1601
1058 2781 4970 1639
4070 3146 6112 1645
4290 1748 1961 930
1723 1257 1287 1346
1505 1835 1046 1571
878 2495 1578 1601
1337 1497 2015 1612
1576 2776 4605 1395
2071 3359 4701 1601
2554 2171 419 376
4973 3205 3393 1561
1504 2802 3038 1689
1215 3391 3036 1499
1849 3592 4137 1537
880 2495 952 671
989 1422 2313 1316
1493 1220 1663 1334
3309 3453 628 550
1925 3480 894 1544
4843 3266 2374 1717
2662 3506 5714 1599
5703 3543 4458 1621
3217 3099 4263 1477
1841 3167 4183 1430
6259 3076 4949 1586
3489 3323 2966 1244
3727 3121 3023 1545
4050 3460 3943 1575
2320 2972 3841 1574
2096 3171 3726 1592
5894 2689 5588 1517
6269 3317 3678 981
6256 3324 848 1319
1082 1113 3184 1378
1026 1426 2735 1541
1060 1707 3138 1366
2041 2549 3243 1024
1118 1805 3956 1414
1078 2271 4087 1459
1001 2187 4350 1517
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  • Robert Grant
    2 August 2010 at 12:57 am
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    Trevor, as an avid radio listener who has made the switch to digital, one thing that bugs me is bad audio quality such as reporters using the mobile phone to file reports and do interviews in the field. I thought that with the high speed mobile network we now have surely we can do better. I decided to dig a bit and found that there are a couple of apps on the iPhone to stream high quality audio back to a studio from the field named “Report-IT Live” I downloaded the Lite version but haven't tested it yet. It seems it may require some hardware back at the studio?

    Wouldn't an app like this be pretty economical for stations to improve the quality of their audio of their reporters? I see that in a related way, Sky News is using a 'stream box' to do live crosses during the election campaign with limited effectiveness – video being much harder to do than just audio.

    Surely the upload bandwidth you quote in this story would be more than adequate for this app? Have you seen this used in the field and why wouldn't radio stations use it? I'd be interested in your thoughts.

  • Rcoppa
    2 August 2010 at 2:41 am
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    what about latency? This has far more of an effect on my daily use of my iPhone 3gs

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