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4G Networks Tested: WiMAX vs. HSPA+

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Disrespect

Jun 4, 2010, 12:08 PM
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?
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jacobd

Jun 4, 2010, 12:14 PM
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.
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Rich Brome

Jun 4, 2010, 12:18 PM
jacobd said:
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.

Correct. That's why AT&T isn't included. Verizon isn't included because they haven't launched LTE yet.
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Disrespect

Jun 4, 2010, 12:26 PM
Oh ok, so basically T-Mo is the cheapest and fastest, where available.

Sprint is the second fastest and is the second cheapest...

Wow what a way to look at it, lol...

Looks like saving money is the way to go... Cool
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Jayshmay

Jun 4, 2010, 5:03 PM
Hey Rich, I think it would be really interesting for you to do this again sometime in the 2nd half of next year.

So is Sprint actually going to use more spectrum in Philly, since you said the wimax network there is all maxed out to it's capacity?
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Rich Brome

Jun 4, 2010, 12:30 PM
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 that have brought it all the way up to HSPA+ with 21 Mbps (21,000 kbps). Now there's not much further they can take it without starting over from scratch.

4G is just that: starting over from scratch with a new foundation. What we're seeing now is just version 1 of 4G technology. Yes, there will be future upgrades that boost 4G to higher speeds. They're already in the works.

However, we didn't talk about that in the article because it's probably a couple of years away. Sprint has a long way...
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Disrespect

Jun 4, 2010, 12:55 PM
Wink


You guys should have done Houston. I know where I live my speeds are extremely fast, I'll try and go to one of the websites to test my speed and see what I'm running. But when 4G first came to Houston it was half assed but now its super fast. Cool
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Jayshmay

Jun 4, 2010, 5:10 PM
Oh yeah? What's the fastest speed you ever got? When I had Clear, the fastest speed I ever got was 15mbps, Las Vegas.
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Jayshmay

Jun 4, 2010, 5:08 PM
Not much further they can take it than HSPA+ 21mbps? I've read before that can be doubled by using MIMO, Multiple Input Multiple Output technology, and achieve a speed of 42mbps.
As far as I'm concerned, 3G never did live up to it's *full* potential.
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Michigan78

Jun 4, 2010, 1:04 PM
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!
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Disrespect

Jun 4, 2010, 1:13 PM
Cool
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Jayshmay

Jun 4, 2010, 5:12 PM
Do me a favor, go to a website like www.speedtest.net and do a speed test on your Evo, and get back to us. I'm curious.
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rarodrig26

Jun 4, 2010, 6:33 PM
On my EVO I average between 2.5 & 3.5 Mbps on 4G in raleigh, nc. Numerous speed tests done via websites and the speedtest.net Android app. 3G is ~1Mbps avg.
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