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4G Networks Tested: WiMAX vs. HSPA+

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Jun 4, 2010, 1:31 PM

Dumb conclusions

By including location F, the overall average was greatly skewed. PS admits there was little 4G coverage in the burbs. The 4G signal there appeared almost non-existent, and for some reason the HSPA was the strongest. Drop location F from the test and WiMax ends up 50% faster on download, although still much slower on upload.
We thought it was very important to have different kinds of locations, including the 'burbs. If anything, we would have liked to include more locations outside of downtown. People need to use 4G not just in city centers, but other places, as well. At ...
Check out this PC World article giving data from five cities. It pretty much corroborates the data that was given in this PhoneScoop article.

table of data: »

full article:
http://www.pcworl »...

Jun 4, 2010, 6:00 PM

Told you.

I've been using Xtreme Labs Speedtest measuring my iPhone's performance throughout the country on AT&T's network. I've also been using a few web sites to monitor the speed of Sprint's 3G Network.

Also of note:
Sprint's 3G Network is about 1/3rd of the speed of AT&T's. My average on Sprint is 700kbps, my average on AT&T is 2058 kbps. Very rarely do I even break 900kbps on Sprint.

Sprint's WiMax Network isn't significantly faster than T-Mobile and AT&T's 3G Network. - Right now with decent signal from AT&T on the slower 3.2mbps network I beat 4 of the WiMax scores on Sprint's network.

WiMax coverage isn't nearly as solid as HSDPA - Just because an area is "covered" doesn't mean you get a usable signal...
My speed tests for Sprint's 3G Network were done with my Palm Pre using . Go on all you want about them using different antennae and different sources yada yada.
"Told you". What are you, 10?? One person's results are statistically irrelevant, especially when presented with such obvious bias. Wait until we get some input from thousands of new EVO users, and then well see how 4G stacks up to 3G
I agree with your sentiments but unfortunately your voices is falling on deaf ears. it seems a lot of people on this site don't care about facts because they are blinded by their employers. There is a reason the other carriers can't/don't go after AT&...
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Jun 4, 2010, 12:20 PM

Very insightful Rich

Well done. Now hopefully we can put some of this bickering to rest.
Thanks! Smile

Jun 4, 2010, 11:39 AM

great article!

btw, the hspa+ router video is set to private Sad
Yep very good read! Sprint FAIL i kid i kid Laughing T-Mobile for the WIN!
Whoops! Embarassed Thanks!

Agreed. Awesome article. Very informative.

Jun 4, 2010, 9:09 PM

lol--WiMax! WiMax! WiMax...

...that's all you ever hear from the Sprint boys.

Gotta love a nice plate of crow.

Jun 4, 2010, 12:08 PM

The big 4

Wow thats good stuff to know.

But I think it fail to note whats the possibilities of 4G... Confused

If I'm not mistaken 4G is cheaper to build upon to make faster, so for every X amount of money you put in to infrastructure with 4G, you will get X amount increase in speed. The 4G is cheaper to build upon to make faster then 3G or something like that.

But also how come Phone Scoop didn't have AT&T on there?
at&t doesn't have an hspa+ network yet, they are only planning to have a 14.4mpbs network compared to t-mobile's 21mpbs, and at&t is not claiming '4G speeds' like t-mobile.
Well, it's more that 4G is simply new technology at the beginning of its lifecycle, while 3G techs are near the end of their lifecycle.

3G started out with technology like WCDMA that only achieved 384 kbps, then it evolved through various upgrades ...
I just got my Evo, and 4g is blazing fast on this thing. The phone is amazing, so far 4g network in Kansas City is too. I'm in heaven!

Jun 4, 2010, 2:49 PM

real world experience in NYC with T-Mobile

3.5G: 2-3Mbps
3.75G: up to 9Mbps

latency is around 100-150ms (3.75 is lower).
You're getting 9Mbps? What about upload?

Are you using a rocketstick or a phone to test this?
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