I work remotely all the time and love being able to work from anywhere via tethering my Mac to my iPhone. I recently switched over to the One plan which is supposed to max out at 3G speeds, unless you pay another $25/month and upgrade to the plus, which I haven’t done. So I thought I’d give it a try. In fact, I’m using it right now to write this post. Here are the results:
Verdict: speeds as advertised, but it can be annoying
Yea it’s better than nothing. I’m surprised how slow websites are with only .5 megabit connection, it seemed faster looking back to 2000. I can work with it though. When t-mobile one first launched they were limiting tethering to 2G speeds, I’m glad they upped that to 3G, I wouldn’t think it would be usable and they probably received too many complaints. Upgrade to t-mobile one plus international if you true road warrior.
If you tend to work late at night as I do, like past midnight. The tethering does seem to get faster. I’ve seen speeds approach 1Mbit, not always but many times. Maybe they open it up when demand is really low? What’s your experience been like – love to hear.
|iPhone OpenSignal App||24.2 Mbit||9.6 Mbit||42ms|
|iPhone SpeedTest.net||31.15 Mbit||8.32 Mbit||47ms|
|Laptop Tether SpeedTest.net||.52 Mbit||.50 Mbit||57ms|
|Laptop Tether Google.com||.57 Mbit||.51 Mbit||76ms|
Screenshots of Tests