I'm sure this is congestion related. The demand for Android phones has to be pushing their 3G data consumption way up. From the day I picked up my SGSII (release day) until just last week I had virtually no 3G connectivity at work. For the last month I actually was forcing 1x during the week just to get some kind of data connection. Luckily, last week I noticed a significant improvement, and I'm now seeing 300-500k consistently. I'd be willing to bet they added additional capacity to the local tower(s).
Hopefully the push toward LTE will also help alleviate some congestion for those of us stuck on 3G for another year (at least).
Here's another test I did recently. Top one is work, bottom one is home. 3G is completely unusable where I work. It could be a tower problem, but it has been that way for months with speeds hovering between nothing (test won't even complete) or up to 75kbps. Both tests were done while outside with 2+ bars signal.
Is that the Wi-Fi icon I see? Turn off Wi-Fi and run a real network test.
Going from right to left.. time is displayed, then battery indicator followed by signal strength and then the network connection icon.. 3g wi-fi etc. On my phone that's the wi-fi symbol. Looks like you were connected to wi-fi not us cellulars network.
If you are referring to the wifi icon in the status bar at the top, I was connected to wifi when I took the screenshot, that is correct, but not when I conducted the tests.
Here, I ran a wifi test just for you.
US Cellular? More like Slow @$$ Cellular!
Interesting,,, what phone do you have? on my SGS2 that's the wi-fi icon. When connected to us cellulars network it says 3g with up and down arrows indicating data is being transferred.
That would be one horrible Wi-fi connection if that was the case! Now I can believe that is US cellular 3G speeds, because I get the same crappy speeds in NC. Not 12kbps crappy but 299kbps crappy.
I have the same crappy download speeds on 3g in Madison, WI. Just certain areas of Madison though. Consistently bad in those areas.
I contacted US Cellular and was told it was an issue with my phone. Tried factory-resetting the phone and tried another phone. Didn't help. I was told it was a problem with speedtest, that it isn't accurate. So I tried some youtube videos and they would constantly stop and restart, etc. Then I was told youtube won't work on 3g I need 4g for youtube. So I tried downloading a 15mb app from the google play store. It takes 5 times longer to download that app in Madison versus Baraboo. I was told my phone was configured incorrectly on their end so they made a change. It it didn't help.
I ran speedtest.net almost daily for a 2 month period and it was almost always 10 times slower in these areas.