By Legacy | March 10, 2006 12:05 AM
One of the most exciting features of the Verizon XV6700 is the EV-DO connectivity. EV-DO (EVolution – Data Only) is the high-speed version of a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) network such as the ones Verizon and Sprint operate. Verizon calls their EV-DO network BroadbandAccess while Sprint refers to it as Power Vision.
This week, I am visiting Las Vegas which is a market served by Verizon’s EV-DO network. I have consistently found that there is excellent signal strength throughout the Las Vegas strip area, even in buildings and many elevators. That being said, it feels as though EV-DO speeds are slower here than in my hometown of Orlando.
To test the speed of EV-DO, I went to www.dslreports.com/mspeed and ran multiple tests with full signal strength. Oddly, the speeds varied widely. The highest speed that I got was 731kbit/sec. The lowest speed that I got was a paltry 171kbit/sec.
In online reviews that I have read about Verizon’s EV-DO network, people have reported speeds up to 1.2mbit/sec, which is outstanding. I’m not sure if my lower results are because of the phone itself or due to Verizon’s network in Las Vegas.
Do you use an EV-DO enabled device? If so, have you benchmarked the transfer rate?