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Speedtest.net gets update to allow removal of ads, brings fixes

Speedtest.net Windows Phone 8 Ad-free

Speedtest.net is the must-have app if you’re curious about data speeds on your Windows Phone. Based off of the site of the same name, the official app finally came to Windows Phone 8 in January and quickly received a bug fix shortly thereafter.

Version 1.1 is now live in the Store and it brings two new tings to the table, including a fix to a bug that “caused cell network tests to be seen as Wi-Fi tests”. That’s certainly useful and good to know.

The other feature is the ability to remove ads permanently from the app—something we always prefer to have the option to do. Speedtest.net does it in an interesting way: in-app purchase. Simply hop to the About and scroll down until you see “Upgrade”. There you will be prompted to fork over a fair $0.99 to Ookla to get rid of those pesky ads, forever.

In case you’re wondering, such a technique does carry over to multiple devices. Just like previous app purchases, at first it won’t recognize that you have removed the ads on the newer phone, so you must hit “Upgrade” again. But upon doing so, you’ll be told you’ve already purchased that feature and “installing” it means a simple unlock.

A pretty cool update and necessary if you want to measure your cell or Wi-Fi network speed. Pick up Speedtest.net here in the Windows Phone Store. Windows Phone 8 only. Thanks, afgzee, for the tip! 

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mikefeero says:

Could be useful for us Lumia owners considering the recent news.

n7slc says:

It was a pile of crap...now that there's an update, I may try it again.

How so? It has worked well for me. Just didn't like that is showed everything was WiFi.

GizmoEV says:

Turning off WiFi fixes the displaying as WiFi.

n7slc says:

For me, it would never give me any results on cellular. Worked fine on wifi.

Jazmac says:

I understand. Not all apps behave as consistently as we would want.

RyanAMG says:

Always nice to see a good app get better.

Onerunjunior says:

Kinda disappointed in this app. It chugs really badly when I'm on WiFi, and it doesn't accurately reflect when my ISP drops back from my burst speed either (same for the desktop website, it doesn't do it either). Works awesome on LTE as far as I know, no issues there. Getting rid of ads for .99 is a no go with me though, I don't use it near enough to pay that fee.

traduma says:

Yes, you are right. It does not accurately. I uninstalled it before and won't install it again.

poddie says:

Works (and has worked the whole time) great for me!

lottidah says:

This app has been successfully depressing me since the recent Lumia firmware update. Does a great job of showing there's a big connectivity problem now. :(

yeungl says:

Why WP7.8 can't install? Not fair.

helsten2 says:

Still says version 1.0.0.0, though ...

Jazmac says:

Yes! Finally, a way to get rid of those ads.

Nakazul says:

Close enough for rock'n roll

ruddevil says:

Best looking speedtest app for mobile device out there. May be the snappiest as well. Thanks, Ookla!

ogamawab says:

No windows phone 7.8 support...

Maestro1974 says:

I emailed them over a year ago, their response was they have no plans for a Window phone 7 app.