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HSPA+ vs HSPA+ w backhual

by Haze81    Feb 3, 2011, 11:17 AM

As phonescoop has pointed out 4G is not yet perfect and is not available in most parts of the country. One additional problem that at&t has is that they have updated their HSPA towers to HSPA+ but are still implementing backhaul to the majority of these towers. Without the backhaul the upgrade to + will not have much of an increase in speed (if any). That means that even though the software from the tower tells the phone that it's on + most places might actually be running regular HSPA speeds. As he said in the article that can still be 5mbps or better, which can compete with or beat sprint's wimax. The down side is that HSPA can also be as low as 1mbps which is down with Verizon (yes there 3G because they do not have 4g on any phone at this time and when they do they will also only cover a small area). when at&t gets the backhual we'll see what speeds they can reach, in the mean time a phone might say plus without hitting those speeds, and some places have it now just not all

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