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Well, in my dollar store mug.

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Clearwire Says, Clearwire Does
Phoning Honey
Clearwire offers the ability to 'receive at up to 1.5 Mbps' and send at 'up to 256 Kbps'. Not excessively speedy as far as broadband goes, but definitely functional enough for me. My test tells me that my connection is... 77.9 kilobits per second. Now, this works out to be 9.5 kilobytes per second.

I am paying broadband prices for a connection that jitters to be about twice as fast as dialup.

I think I am going to be looking for alternatives and get this returned within the 7 days I have.

Update: Never one to try something just once, cnet.com tells me my speed is in fact 326 Kbps. Speakeasy says it's up to 480 Kbps. McAfee says about 100 Kbps. I am not too keen on a jittery connection, especially for what I'm going to end up paying for it.

Time to harass a company about my trial period not being good enough for me. I have one week to get it cancelled, and I just found out it's AOL-easy to do so. Out of the frying pan, into the world of being put on hold for an age. I think I'll need to change my mobile phone service for this month. I may need a few more minutes than usual on it.

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I know this may be a little late, but I was reading through and couldn't help but comment. The differences in the numbers you received were not necessarily because you have a bad connection, differences of this kind are most likely related to the distance away from the servers testing said speeds. Distance usually = latency - so if the content you're downloading is from a network across the Atlantic, that may be what troubles you.


I pondered if it could have been down to an issue like that, but most of the websites I checked had a testing server within the state of Washington, so it wasn't traveling too far.

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