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How good is 4G?

andy2373

Jan 2, 2010, 9:15 PM
Sprint recently made their 4G available in my area and now Comcast is offering a just 4G plan for $30/month if your already a Comcast customer.
So I'm wondering how good is this 4G thing? Confused
I'm currently using a Sprint 3G data card and see they want another $10/month to upgrade to 4G. Mad
But back to my question particularly how good is in building penetration of 4G?
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andy2373

Jan 7, 2010, 12:23 AM
Guess not good enough, it's going back. Wouldn't penetrate the building I'd use it in and when it did work speed was 1.85 Mbps. Mad
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Disrespect

Jan 9, 2010, 1:57 PM
You set yourself up for failure. Wireless signals and buildings or thick object penetration don't quite mix.

I bet its a wonderful device in the park, in a car, or a building that has sufficient enough windows. But if your talking about a parking garage or skyscraper and your not by a window then probably not, you are better off with DSL or Cable.
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Jayshmay

Jan 9, 2010, 8:30 PM
Well hopefully Verizon's 700mhz spectrum will fix this building penetration problem. Analog tv certainly penetrated buildings just fine before that was shut off, and that used 700mhz, before it was shut off and auctioned off to Verizon (and ATT, but they dont' seem to actually have any intentions of USING their 700mhz spectrum).
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diggitydogg76

Apr 20, 2010, 8:56 PM
Is that spectrum even authorized by the FCC for wireless use? That could have something to do with 'intentions'
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phyxlor

Aug 14, 2010, 11:17 AM
Technically isnt ALL of the spectrum 'wireless' ? (with out wires...) Laughing Rolling Eyes
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Jayshmay

Jan 9, 2010, 8:31 PM
Verizon's 700mhz will penetrate buildings just fine. And they claim to have 20-30 cities up and running using it by years end.
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andy2373

Jan 10, 2010, 2:37 PM
Nice to know. Because Sprint's/Comcast's didn't fair well inside.
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tpusa

Apr 13, 2011, 11:43 AM
They are two different techs, Wimax and LTE. I work for sprint and the down speeds vary, but the consensus is that LTE is faster. Our "4g" was built by clearwire, T-Mobiles upgraded 3g technology is just as fast on average.
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WernerCD

Feb 22, 2010, 9:20 PM
and a birth control test after...

To bad I'm 3 towns past anywhere that's getting anything 4G soon Sad Makes me a sad panda.
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UndercoverBunny

Feb 23, 2010, 4:07 PM
The 3G and 3G/4G Plan are the same price.

So why do they want another $10?
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randy420

Feb 24, 2010, 2:55 PM
Most likely he's on the $50 3G plan that customers could get if they had simply everything...
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BIG_ERN23

Feb 23, 2010, 9:53 PM
sprint 4g is blazin fast 3g is 1-3 mbps and 4g is 7-10 mbps. so about 3-4 times faster...which is a helluva improvment.
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diggitydogg76

Apr 20, 2010, 8:57 PM
BTW ... go compare the Sprint WiMAX 4G to what Comcast is offering. Looks the same doesnt it?!
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DiamondPro

Sep 13, 2010, 1:01 AM
lmao 4g is decent still not giving up my landline anytime soon but if you use a laptop often and need internet on the go or at work I highly recommend it. 4g is a lot faster then 3g from my own personal experience. Cool
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vercetti

Sep 15, 2010, 4:03 PM
when sprint rolls out wimax 2, that is offically 4G according to standards, it has 10x the spectrum of LTE, so no bottle neck with heavy usage, and no future data caps
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Amarantamin

Sep 15, 2010, 7:11 PM
Clearwire rolls out the WiMax, not Sprint. Sprint does not own their 4G service.

And let's not promise no data caps, Clearwire is expected to start charging Sprint for heavy usage, and you can bet they'll pass it along.
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vercetti

Sep 16, 2010, 11:10 AM
we actually own half of them, we have a controlling interest in clearwire.
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tpusa

Apr 13, 2011, 11:47 AM
i think sprint owns 55% of clearwire shares.
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