January 11, 2010 | by Marin Perez
It looks like Nexus One owners are having some issues with their 3G data connection, according to the T-Mobile support forums. Many users are complaining about the lack of 3G coverage, or that the connection will randomly fluctuate between EDGE and 3G. One commenter wrote, “The performance is highly variable: anywhere between 0-4 bars of 3G and 4 bars of EDGE on the second floor of my house vs the first floor where it’s 0 bars of 3G down to 3-4 bars of EDGE. Regardless of the 3G reception indicated by the bars, I rarely see speeds in excess of 600K downstream and maybe 475k upstream on UMTS.”
The carrier and Google said they are investigating the problem, and the companies are seeking user feedback to see if there are any commonalities with those experiencing issues. T-Mobile USA’s 3G data coverage has lagged behind the other carriers, but they’ve been touting the reach of their mobile broadband network lately. While the forum-goers represent a small percentage of N1 owners, it does show T-Mobile USA still has plenty of room for improvement.
I have an N1 in the house and decided to do a 3G speed test against the Motorola Droid on Verizon Wireless. Using the Xtremelabs Speedtest app, the N1 averaged 298.8 kbps downlink and 46.4 kbps upstream while the Droid had solid averages of 511.2 kbps down and 219.4 kbps up. I’m sure T-Mobile USA will be able to iron out whatever bugs are causing these issues, but I can’t wait to get my hands on the N1 for Verizon.
What have your experiences with the N1′s data connection been?