That's sort of one of the banes of Virgin Mobile. Their 3G is slowest 3G, unless they're the only 3G option in the area.
One of my last speed tests averaged 1440kbps on straight talk. Sigh. I really wanted VM to work.
My data connection has gotten terrible in the past few days. The only thing that works is my gmail and even that is sporadic.
It was working great before I traveled to IL last week. During the whole trip it was great but as soon as I got back home it has been nothing but 1x instead of 3g on the screen.
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I gave up on vm too many data problems I came back to Vm because of the htc v and it still sucks, I know people run to vm for the data but is it wroth it, always needing to turn airplane on and off to get data.
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Apparently I'm in the minority, but my data speeds have been looking good recently. In the northern Twin Cities where I spend most of my time, I've consistently seen from 1.2 to 2 mbps down. I believe those nearest towers have been through upgrades, and it does seem to have made things better. For those who are sticking it out with VM, hopefully you can see some of the same improvements soon! Data speeds are much worse near my house, and the difference is painfully obvious. Good thing I have wifi at home...
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I agree with billm261.
I'm more north of the twin cities. And its getting a tiny bit better. I saw the 3g a few times but still mostly at 1x. Its killing my battery. I used to be able to go 1 1/2 to 2 days between charges. Now its every morning.
This widget should do the job:
The second option involves your phone staying on "CDMA only" (1X), so it won't be looking for 3G and wasting your battery life. You can also set it to be "EvDo only", so it will only connect to 3G,though I would recommend setting the "CDMA only" option.
Here is an app that can do that:
Last edited by TheCellphoneGuy; 08-11-2012 at 05:13 PM.
I didn't know you could turn off your data connection when you didn't need it. Since I was home for most of the last few days I barely used data. Just several text messages and a couple email checks.
When I posted "thank you!" I started with a fresh battery. I have been on that same charge the whole time. 5 days 33 minutes with 19% battery left as of now.
Some have used "Juice Defender" from the Play Store and it could possibly give you even better battery life as it can disable data on and off automatically when you unlock the lock screen,turn off Wi-Fi when you're not using the phone and much more, but for me personally most of its features are overkill. I only use it when I want to get the best possible battery life, such as when going skiing in the winter when low temperatures can really make the battery life bad.