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App of the week for journalists: Speedtest.net

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone

Cost: Free

What is it? An app for testing the data connection speed of your phone.

How is it of use to journalists?


If you are out in the field, perhaps on a 3G connection, and want to stream live video or transfer large files, a speed test app is really valuable.

Speedtest app

This one comes recommended by BBC 5 Live's Nick Garnett, who is well known for iPhone reporting.

Garnett mentioned the need for a speed test app at the recent BBC News Festival, an internal BBC training day held last month. He highlighted the need to find a reliable, fast connection before attempting to livestream video or go live to a radio studio using an app such as Luci Live.

There are a number of other speed test apps available. This one is made by a company called Ookla.

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