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I connect via a cell phone. It indicates speed as 921.6 Kbps. When I download a program or other it shows a download speed of 3 - 5 Kbps while downloading. Can I increase my download speed or is it governed by the cell phone.


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It should be 3-5 KBps and not Kbps. –  green7 Mar 18 '13 at 14:05
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Download speeds are mainly governed by the type of network connection you have.

However, first, you should know the difference between Kbps and KBps.

  • Kbps - stands for Kilo bits per second
  • KBps - stands for Kilo Bytes per second
1 KBps = 8 Kbps

Also, you might know that 1 MB = 1024 KB (and not 1024 Kb).

So, here you're getting a speed of 921.6 Kbps which is approximately equal to 115.2 KBps.

The download speed, however, depends on a number of factors which cannot be summarised here.

The simplest thing would be to download when no other process is using the internet.

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