Using the Tool
Anyone interested in testing their mobile connection speed may visit the Sprint Network Speed Test utility. This web-based application runs inside a web browser using Adobe Flash version 8 or better.
Although this test will work on any data connection, users wishing to measure their mobile data speeds should make sure they connect their computer to the Internet using their mobile data card before running it.
Users simply click either the "Chicago" or "Atlanta" button to start the test. This sends data between the host user and Sprint servers in the chosen city.
This example shows what to expect when clicking the "Chicago" button. Here's what happens next:
- The test displays the IP address of the user in the lower left corner of the test window.
- Ping test results between the user and the Chicago server display in the same corner of the test window.
- After calculating the download speed, the application displays the result to the left of the center gauge.
- Finally, the program displays the upload speed between the user and Chicago to the right of the center gauge.
The results for this sample test using the Chicago server are as follows: .18 Mbps download, .02 Mbps upload. The Ping test checked in at 138 milliseconds. Most users will receive different results.
Users can repeat the test with the Atlanta server to see different results. Here, the same data card got slightly better results: downloads at .19 Mbps and uploads at .02 Mbps.
With the test completed, Sprint users can record and their test results and then ask Sprint for help making their data card perform better.