Softbank to Acquire 70% Stake in Sprint for $20.1 Billion
Sprint Needs This
AT&T and Verizon are absolutely killing them right now- as nice as Sprint's "unlimited" is, it's like dial-up by comparison on their clogged 3G network and their WiMax network doesn't even seem capable of pulling above 100kbps anymore.
Here at my office, Sprint is awful. Most days they get 20kb/s. I'm usually around 2 MB/s. Not all that great, but speed varies per city. If I were to go to LA, the network would be complete utter crap there. Every time I go there, my service is 5 bars, but data is almost useless.
The same reason you don't call HSPA+ '3.5G'...because it's not easy for people to remember....
The G's were never really an indication of any kind of standard, 2G, 3G, 4G etc they are not really terms with a clear, defined meaning...they are really just marketing terms....a way of saying 'our network is better now than it used to be'...
There was an attempt to CREATE a standard for 4G, but that effort went nowhere and was ignored by pretty much every one....so they wisely dropped it...because after all a standard which is ignored and followed by no one is not really a standard, is it?
T Bone said:...
4G is not a technical term, it just means 'fourth generation', and HSPA+ IS the fourth generation of network technology for both at&t and T-Mobile....carriers needed a way to distinguish the old 2008-2009 era networks speeds from the new upgraded speeds available today,,,,so that consumers know that the network is faster and better and calling the new speeds '4G' is a good way of doing that because ordinary consumers don't know anything about cell phone networks other than the '2G, 3G, 4G' stuff and they only learned that from the advertising....so calling it '4G' is a good way to send the message 'hey, we upgraded our network'...what else are they supposed to call it? If they called it 'HSPA+' people would a
The bottom line is, the only way we ever had to know what was, and was not '3G" was the fact that the carrier put the little '3G' alpha tag on our phones....
3G and HSPA are essentially the same tech, whereas LTE (the true 4G) is completely new tech. T-Mobile and AT&T just wanted a marketing ploy to sell phones that weren't true 4G.
Best of all, LTE seems to penetrate buildings much better.
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