Now for a dose of reality. Networks seldom — if ever — reach their theoretical speeds. And HSPA+ is significantly stricken by how close you are to a tower. T Mobile gave me two “premiere locations,” one within a half mile of my office, any other about one mile away. In my office, the common download was .
7 megabits per second. A movie would take greater than two hours load at that speed. It is feasible that I was not even on the HSPA+ community. When parked in the “ideal location,” the common down load speed was 5. 7 megabits per second. A two hour movie would load in about 20 mins at that speed.
Interestingly, it was faster than Wi Fi, which averaged 3 megabits per second.