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What are the actual speeds of GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, etc ?

Theoretical maximum speeds of 4G LTE reach 100Mbps... However, actual performance of mobile data is much lower, considering signal strength, frequencies used, congestion, etc.

Here are the real-life speed ranges of the various mobile wireless strandards commonly used in the US today:

GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) 2G -- 9.6Kbps
GPRS (General packet radio services) 2.5G -- 35Kbps to 171kbps
EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) 2.75G -- 120Kbps to 384Kbps
UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) 3G -- 384Kbps to 2Mbps
HSPA (software upgrade to UMTS, theoretical 42Mbps) 3.5G -- 600Kbps to 10Mbps, averages 1-3Mbps
WiMAX/LTE "4G" (theoretical 100Mbps) -- 3Mbps to 10Mbps average, 20Mbps+ peak download speeds.


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by anonymous - 2014.03.11 17:06
What is the date of this article? Are these speeds actually current?
by Philip - 2014.03.23 22:39
Those FAQs are being updated periodically. The speeds are just approximations of what real-life speeds you should expect, they also vary widely depending on how strong the signal is, how congested the current cell is, what frequencies and carrier is being used at your location, etc.
by anonymous - 2014.03.24 10:10
As far as I know this is outdated.

HSPA can now reach 42Mbps while LTE can go reach 100Mbps
by anonymous - 2014.04.04 11:22
the 4G speeds the above are referring too is 'double LTE' while normal LTE stays the same. standards do not change
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