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Top message:  Scummiest thing I've ever heard of in the wireless industry! Hello Sprint!!! by tether   May 16, 2012, 7:05 PM

Replying to:  Re: Scummiest thing I've ever heard of in the wireless industry! Hello Sprint!!! by Jayshmay   May 17, 2012, 1:18 AM

Re: Scummiest thing I've ever heard of in the wireless industry! Hello Sprint!!!

by Jellz    May 17, 2012, 7:31 AM

It's more than the technology. I'm sure that someone who's really good with tech will come along with a more complete answer (I'm a neophyte myself, and constantly learning about this stuff), but from what I understand...

Sprint could be putting their 3G network on smaller blocks of spectrum than Verizon, which would definitely cut costs but also cuts back speed and the number of people that can connect to a cell before there are performance issues.

Sprint also rents their 3G network out to everyone and their grandmother. The vast majority of major MVNOs that you see are all leasing Sprint's network, and smaller carriers like Cricket and MetroPCS use Sprint for roaming agreements. That puts an additional load on their network.

It could also be the lines they run from the towers to the base stations. That determines how much data can get to/from the air to the Internet connection, and how quickly.

Somewhere in the equation though, there's a bottleneck that's slowing down data speeds, and Verizon has invested a bit more money to overcome that. They're also offloading customers onto their LTE network as quickly as possible to avoid 3G congestion.

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