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Softbank to Acquire 70% Stake in Sprint for $20.1 Billion

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Top message:  Sprint Needs This by bluecoyote   Oct 15, 2012, 10:16 AM

Replying to:  Re: Sprint Needs This by Haggard   Oct 15, 2012, 10:28 AM

Re: Sprint Needs This

by T Bone    Oct 15, 2012, 4:52 PM

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 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 ask 'what the hell is that?'

Besides, if Sprint can call Wi-Max 4G I don't see how anyone can complain about calling HSPA+ 4G.

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