Android-focused site Ausdroid has got hands on with Australia’s first 4G phone, the HTC Velocity. Sure there’s been 4G hotspots and USB dongles before that run on Telstra’s 4G network, but this is the first phone. With all the other componentry inside a phone it was difficult to tell what speeds would be possible.
The answer is 32.82Mbps down and 11.2Mbps up. The post is correctly disclaimed with ‘your mileage may vary’, but still, it’s an impressive number. Why you would need mobile data that fast is another question. Naturally as more people move from 3G to 4G, the network congestion will increase and speeds will inevitably slow. This may be one instance where being an early adopter yields good benefits.
The only bad thing about this result is that it was done on a new device that will ship without Ice Cream Sandwich.
Trevor Long just posted a photo on twitter with an even better result – 39.85 Mbps down and 11.88 Mbps. Clearly he was a little closer to the tower with a 39ms ping vs 127ms.