What Is HSDPA 3G Service for Your Smart Phone?

HSDPA Cellular Router

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HSDPA stands for High-Speed Downlink Packet Access.

It's a fast 3G network used by AT&T and T-Mobile. HSDPA is the fastest of the fast 3G networks; it's so fast that it's often called a 3.5G network.

AT&T says its HSDPA network can hit speeds of 3.6 Mbps to 14.4 Mbps. Real-world speeds typically are slower than that, but HSDPA is still a super-fast network.