iPhone speed test informs Australian speed maps

David Braue
2 December, 2008
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Curious how fast your iPhone is running? CBS Interactive Australia has released a speed testing application that will eventually paint coverage and performance maps across the country.

The free CheckTubes application, developed by the Australian arm of online news site CBS Interactive, uses standard web benchmarking techniques – download some data, measure how long it takes, lather, rinse, repeat – to let you know how your iPhone 3G is performing.

If you’re connected online using 3G, it uses a 300KB packet; if you’re connected via WiFi, the packet is 1MB.

The really interesting part will come down the line, however: as well as testing the speed of iPhone connections, CheckTubes will also build a database of test results (anonymised, CBS Interactive promises) as well as GPS readings taken from the iPhone to link the performance data with the physical location where it was collected. Over time, this will allow the creation of ‘heat maps’ – map overlays that show the average iPhone performance on various networks at different locations around Australia.

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