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November 27, 2013

BlackBerry 10 Users – Want to know your data connection speed? Try Speed Tester

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Unless you are happy to sideload apps then you’ve no chance of seeing Speedtest.net any time soon on the BlackBerry 10. So I was pleased to see a native BlackBerry 10 alternative pop up in BlackBerry World recently in the form of Speed Tester.

The application is supposed to works for both your mobile connection and Wi-Fi and will provide you with the your download speed in Mb/s – which is something I tend to check on a regular basis. As well as just showing you your own results you can also view rankings from other users around the world and BBM is also integrated – allowing you to share your speeds.

Within the settings tab you can change the maximum Mb/s that your provider allows – which will alter the coloured bar on the testing screen from green to red. You’ll also see the name of your provider when performing a speed test – whether that be a mobile one or home broadband.

The app is free to download for all BlackBerry 10 devices.

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However, if you are a Q10/Q5 user the app does look a bit odd as it was designed for all touch devices although it does seem to lean more to the Z series. It does not show the mobile connections so you only get the Wi-Fi speed, which to me is a bit pointless, as I can’t checkout my network provider out in the open.  It also kept freezing on my Q10, this lead me having to uninstall it then, re-install it again!
Being a new app it’s performance accuracy is still questionable in my mind but that’s just me. Give it a shot and let us know your comments below.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini