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Mike Temporale
01-30-2006, 05:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1916282,00.asp' target='_blank'>http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1916282,00.asp</a><br /><br /></div><i>"Cingular's new high-speed data network, HSDPA has great potential for international travelers and content producers. But it's not living up to that promise yet. We found it had slower speeds and less coverage than the competing networks from Verizon and Sprint. HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) is the next evolution of UMTS, the high-speed network AT&amp;T Wireless built in six cities, but it is still not widely deployed in the U.S. The spec for current HSDPA PC Cards promises theoretical download speeds up to 1.8 Mbps, though Cingular publicly claims only 400 to 700 Kbps."</i><br /><br />PC Magazine takes Cingular's HSDPA network for a spin. It doesn't appear to be living up to it's full potential yet - getting a 3 out of 5 rating. Hopefully we'll see some improvements in the coming months and putting a real challenge on that nice EV-DO network. :)

01-30-2006, 08:02 PM
I've been using it for a while. I have obtained successful HSDPA connections only 25 % of the time.

Signal strength is in the tank. I agree with the reviewer and I don't think they have enough towers up.

I hope they get it together soon.

Rocco Augusto
01-31-2006, 01:56 AM
here in the city of roses (portland, or) i get roughly 800-900Kbps connection speed. there is a singal strenui issue but it has only been publicly available here for 2-3 months.

i remember EVDO being worse here when it came to town. there is nowhere to in but up. can't wait for a 3g smartphone to be released :)