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If you live in San Diego like me...you can expect to get 3G speed.
I can't believe they are going to have the nerve to charge me an extra $10 a month for 4G service when I live in the 7-8th largest city in America...and they don't even have 4G.
Sure...they are "testing" and there about 4 actual blocks in the county that have seen 4G show up on their phones.
I keep getting told we'll have it by the end of the year. Last year I was told we'd have it by the end of 2010.
Charge me for 4G when you actually provide me with the service.
Sorry for the rant...had to get "one post so I can actually see links"...hahaha.
- 06-14-2011, 10:40 PM #15
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It might not mean much, but as a clarification: the $10/mo upcharge is for premium data (aka unlimited). The the thought is that you will use a lot more data on your phone than on a lesser smart phone, so they charge you more to use that premium device. The charge has been attributed to 4G, but that's technically not correct. Although, the extra cash flow does allow them to fund 4G expansion. They are also purposely not releasing 4G in large cities because they want to make sure the networks can handle the demand first, so they test in medium cities.
As far as Californian cities, you really have your governing bodies and policies to thank for 4G issues. There is a lot of red tape to cut through to get it installed, and cities in California have a LOT of restrictions on aesthetics. Your broadcasting equipment has to fit in with the theme of the area. There are also a lot of hoops to jump through as far as equipment placement. Cities will try to force Sprint/WiMax to put the equipment on city property so they can charge outrageous lease prices to make extra cash for the city.
I don't really like how slow the process is going either, but it helps to understand how it works.
- 06-15-2011, 11:47 AM #17
Truthfully you will not know untill you test it your self.
I have an EPIC and 4G for me is sporatic indoors. Great where i live because i am close to a tower.
3G on the other hand is hit and miss. I have had days where my device is crawling and days where i am getting over 1 meg down. Most of its due to network congestion or location. Again, thats the part where it will vary with your device. Untill you get it and test it with your daily routine there is no clear answer.
But coming from verizon i hope it is on par with their 3G netowrk.
I have a personal Sprint Samsung EPIC device, and my work is letting me test out a Verizon Motorola Droid Pro, and i must say on 3G comparisons at work, home and throughout the city (Dallas) i have noticed Verizon 3G seems faster.
But its not a fair comparison. The devices are different. Systems are different. But hey its just an unofficial observation.
- 06-15-2011, 11:58 AM #18
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3G depends on area. You can get anywhere from dialup speeds to almost 2MB. unfortunately I know this because I do speedtests everywhere to see how poor my 3G really is and makes me more mad.
If you have 4G in your area, normal speeds are 3-6MB range.