Test your BlackBerry Storm’s data speed

February 24, 2009 | By | 3 Comments


Ever feel like your BlackBerry data is slowing down? Ever wonder how to check the speed of your data? Well Cisco has released an application for the BlackBerry Storm called GIST or Global Internet Speed Test.

How does it work?  “The test is performed by downloading a known quantity of data from a single web server. The size of the data is different for the different types of network connections, so that the test will take roughly the same amount of time from the user’s perspective. For a cellular network test, 256KB are downloaded. For wireless, 512 KB are downloaded. A single download is performed, timed in milliseconds, and results are reported in terms of 1000 bits per second (kbps). Test results might be impacted by network routing, traffic, congestion and the responsiveness of our server. Results might also vary by the user’s geographical location.”

You can download GIST from ciscopulse.com however at this time its not available OTA. You have to install it thru applicaiton loader in BlackBerry Desktop Manager.

** PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: If your are testing this application it will use a fair amount of data. It’s only recommended you do this test if you have an unlimited data plan.

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