March 12, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The FCC has released a new app designed to let consumers see a more realistic report on their phone’s data speed. FCC Test is a speed testing application that will help U.S. residents see data speeds for downloading, uploading, and latency (delays in processing network data).
FCC Mobile Broadband Test is available for free on the Android Market. If you’ve ever wondered how fast is your phone, download the app and take it for a spin. I’m anxious to install it multiple phones and do my own unscientific test about which carrier has the best 3G experience in my local area. There’s often talk of one company being better than the other, but none of that means squat unless you experience real world results in your personal life.
Collected data reports are sent to the FCC to “analyze coverage and quality on a geographic basis in the U.S.” That will probably help them validate claims from carriers. FCC Test will help get a better understanding of how fast – or slow – your network moves.