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4G Networks Tested: WiMAX vs. HSPA+

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Replying to:  Dumb conclusions by tbacba   Jun 4, 2010, 1:31 PM

Sure, you *could* skew the numbers. We didn't.

by Rich Brome (Moderator)    Jun 4, 2010, 2:22 PM

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 least that's the promise Sprint is advertising, so it's only fair to test and rate them on performance in all of the places they advertise coverage.

Location F was in a well-populated area, well within what Sprint's coverage maps showed as 4G coverage. It wasn't at the edge of coverage or anything like that.

Every carrier is going to have strong and weak locations in their network. So naturally, excluding any one location will change the overall average. But excluding one location because it made one carrier look better or worse would be biased. We picked locations and reported the results regardless of how it made any carrier look. That's the only fair way to do it.

If Sprint's network has weak spots, those should absolutely be factored in. T-Mobile's network was weak at location A. Should that be excluded, too? Then what would be the point of testing at all?

Still, we presented specific location numbers precisely so you could reach your own conclusions, just as you did.

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