Cingular EDGE and BroadbandConnect Tips

During my travels over the holidays, I gave the Cingular EDGE network and its faster HSDPA cousin, BroadbandConnect, a workout, spending time in Des Moines, Minneapolis, Las Vegas and my home in Seattle over the course of about 15 days. Along the way, I made some important discoveries about making the network work effectively for my needs.
Cingular’s BroadbandConnect service is great. I scored 690 kbps down and 92 kbps up in a DSL Reports test from Las Vegas. I couldn’t ever get EDGE to complete a test. Obviously that’s not as fast as a Cable connection, but the downloads are tolerable and Remote Desktop (or VNC) is extremely responsive.