When tethering with PDAnet (the free version), using a stock moto-Droid 1 on Verizon, I am getting between 1k-3k ms latency on World of Warcraft. I would like to know what is the likeliest culprit, and am wondering what steps (and how) I can take to reduce the latency.

Some ideas:

  • Change tethering app? (Note, I have a limited use and purchasing a $30 app for tethering isn't really an option)
  • Root/ROM and change from stock? (running 2.2.1: FRG83D)
  • Get a latency targeting app for my phone/laptop?
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    Your latency is most likely caused by your phone's signal/carrier. I'm doubtful that changing to a different tethering app would help.
    – Bryan Denny
    Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 14:15
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    I agree with Bryan. Cell networks have much more delay than cable internet. Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 14:20
  • @Bry I was afraid of that. I would add an option above for changing carriers, but there are way too many localized variables for any kind of answer to help. Maybe someone can make some incremental recommendations.
    – mfg
    Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 14:33
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    I wouldn't ever use something as latency-sensitive and data intensive as WoW over tethered 3G.
    – ale
    Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 15:52
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    Agreed with @al. I sometimes have difficult just browsing websites with tethering due to latency, even on 3g. It works, sure, but it isn't the fastest way.
    – Bryan Denny
    Commented Mar 3, 2011 at 16:16

1 Answer 1


The likeliest culprit for your high latency is first and foremost the fact that you're using a wireless carrier's network, which are notorious for their high ping times. Switching from one carrier to another probably wouldn't solve your problem, and even if you went from a 3G contract to 4G you probably wouldn't see that much of an improvement, especially as more and more people start buying 4G capable devices.

Additionally trying to do something as data-intensive as play World of Warcraft over your cell carrier's network is never going to feel right. Games like that rely heavily on low response times and are best left for wired broadband connections.

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