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    Edge vs WiFi (UMA) Speed

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    I connected my phone to my personal home router. From what I can tell for browsing online, it doesn't seem any faster than using Edge. I suppose there might be a slight difference, but I can't tell. Is online browsing supposed to be faster via wifi?

    I know the benefit is you can receive data while on a call, but that's not a concern. And my data is unlimited so that's not a concern either. I'm just wondering if I should be expecting a difference with browsing speed.

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    i don't seem to notice much of a difference either.
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    Are you sure you're using the HotSpot browser?
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    strange...I see a pretty big difference...

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterwerks View Post
    strange...I see a pretty big difference...
    So do I....

    My reception has been crap ever since moving 3 miles to the south of where we were before about 4 months ago. I lived 200 yds from a T-mobile tower and had 5 bars anywhere in my house. So, before this phone, my Pearl used to get 2 bars MAX And that my friends is just unacceptable. Parts of the house it would go to "searching for network". As it stands now, I don't have @home service but I've connected to my wireless router (Linksys) here at home and I see a TREMENDOUS difference.

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    I notice a huge difference as well.~via smartphone~

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    Hmm, guess I'll do some testing this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uberspeed View Post
    Are you sure you're using the HotSpot browser?
    I have it set to Internet Browser. Do I need to change it everytime I connect via wifi to the hotspot browser?

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    Yea... I also see a very large difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s4berry View Post
    I have it set to Internet Browser. Do I need to change it everytime I connect via wifi to the hotspot browser?
    Yes, you can have it default to hotspot and if you don't have WiFi it should got to the other browser then.

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    Just put it on wifi prefered on the manage connections app. I notice a huge difference when I'm downloading ringtones. UMA is awesome lol.
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    I notice a huge difference as well. Not just in the browser but Google Maps, Viigo and most applications I have installed that use Data.

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    Ok, I think you are all right. I think it was a perception issue on my part. Plus some other external factors.

    My thinking was that it would be blazing fast over wifi and I wouldn't even see the "Requesting..." and "Loading data..." status bar at the bottom. By seeing that staus bar, I just made the assumption the data stream was just as slow as Edge. So I downlaoded some ringtones and .3gp videos over Edge and wifi, and did find it was much faster over wifi.

    The external factors were that I wasn't using the Hotspot browser and that my wifi connection strength was not always at the maximum (depending where I was in the house).

    Thanks to everyone for their feedback. I'll stay connected on wifi while I'm at home :-).

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    What's the Hotspot browser? Is that the Globe icon or the Tmobile icon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigNewt View Post
    What's the Hotspot browser? Is that the Globe icon or the Tmobile icon?
    Niether...the Hotspot browser is a setting you change in your Internet settings. The icons you are talking about are application shortcuts. When I am home (have WiFi), I switch to Hotspot browser setting so that my 8900 uses my WiFi connection instead of EDGE or GSM.

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