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    Default with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth it?

    I currently have the Evo 3D, (and the original Evo) and have for almost 2 years gotten use to using 4G wimax. However, I live in an area that probably will not be on a LTE rollout priority list anytime soon. Was wondering if anyone else out there is going to wait to buy this because you will have to return to Sprint's horribly slow 3G network or if you are planning on getting it regardless? I want the new stuff with the phone and really never use the 3D, but I dont think I could live without 4G...
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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    What city do you live in? A lot of Wimax cities are in the first round of upgrades. I'm not talking about the officially announced cities, but the cities they are actively transitioning right now. Go to to check if your city is being worked. Seems like first round cities should be done by the end of summer, and second round cities by around the end of the year.
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    I had the evo and the 3d on both launch days. Even though wimax was available on day one, I can count the number of times I used 4g on 1 of the simpsons' hands (they only have 3 fingers Im pretty sure) and that was for novelty.. So not a huge deal at all for me, though it would be nice if it worked out of the box.
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    Having been an evo no4g user since day 1 in michgan. No. Don't trust anything sprint says. Just switched to a razr maxx on Verizon and loving 4G coverage everywhere I go.

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    I'd get it. I use my phone on wifi most of the time anyway and the 3G signal in my hospital is full due to boosters they have or something that allows me to get full signal in the basement (under ground). Having said that I am in the Minneapolis area and hope we get it soon. I'd like to test it out That map in the link Mofus posted makes it look like they could easily jump to this area soon.
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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    Sprint plans to have a full nationwide rollout of LTE by the end of 2013.

    If you don't live in a major city, and that worries you, then don't buy it. I, personally, think the device itself is worth it.

    I also live in Dallas, one of the first launch markets, though.
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    I'm planning on getting it. I had original EVO, and moved to 3D on its launch date. I'm still not able to use 4G. No big deal for me. The specs for the phone look strong even without 4G.
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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    I'm north of Syracuse, and I already have enough trouble just getting good call coverage on Sprint. LTE or not, I will still get this phone and abuse LTE whenever I'm in Syracuse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by svargas05 View Post
    Sprint plans to have a full nationwide rollout of LTE by the end of 2013.

    If you don't live in a major city, and that worries you, then don't buy it. I, personally, think the device itself is worth it.

    I also live in Dallas, one of the first launch markets, though.
    I don't have a chance of getting 4g where I live, probably won't get LTE, specs of phone still worth getting! :thumbup:

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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    I had the original Evo and used the 4G at work. I live in the Dallas and will be getting rid of the iPhone 4s to back to Android.
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    I'm getting it on specs alone.

    Course, I'm another in Dallas, so by the time I get the phone I should have LTE coverage, so I'm looking forward to it. (my upgrade is in October)

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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    41 markets will be active by the end of the year...
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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    Quote Originally Posted by tampaflusa View Post
    41 markets will be active by the end of the year...
    I don't see that -

    "There is a lot of variability of when Second Round markets start, between June/July 2012 and December 2012"
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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    Honestly, I live in NY (obviously) and I would be getting the EVOLTE regardless of LTE rolling out at it's release. I have the 3VO and OG, but I never even touch WiMAX. I'm 99.9% around a stable and extremely fast WiFi, so I have no use for it. Specs alone, the device is a beast.
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    By the time LTE coverage exists where I live they will already be touting 6G in first tier markets.
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    I live in north Dallas and I am planning to pre-order the E4GLTE. If I did not live in a LTE city though I would absolutley wait. Sprint's 3G is incredibly slow in the area around my office building. Unusable. And wi-max in unreliable inside the building. My hope is that LTE will be available in the same places that wi-max is currently available, but will penetrate the buildng better. If not, it's going to be painful.

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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    It doesn't bother me as much as it should, being that I live in a huge phone market and won't see LTE till mid 2013. That part sucks.

    I feel we should be one of the main key cities to be lit up first, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raadius View Post
    It doesn't bother me as much as it should, being that I live in a huge phone market and won't see LTE till mid 2013. That part sucks.

    I feel we should be one of the main key cities to be lit up first, lol.
    Who told you that LA was getting lit up in mid 2013? The metro area of LA should be lit around Christmas later this year if all things go as planned, I assume.
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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    I'm waiting and holding onto my Photon 4g. 3G in DC is way too slow and incapable of handling heavy use. I know wimax isn't nearly as fast as LTE, but it's significantly faster than 3g - at least in the DC area.

    I don't know why they would start with KC and Baltimore, but omit DC. There's more people in the DC metropolitan area and its more dense and has less skyscrapers to interfere with the signals. Here's hoping that DC gets LTE soon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbbq View Post
    By the time LTE coverage exists where I live they will already be touting 6G in first tier markets.
    I live in NW Indiana just outside of their "BEST" 3G/4G coverage so I feel your pain. Right now Verizon has 4G coverage in my area so despite Sprint being much cheaper with my wife's discount I just cannot justify spending $200 on another "4G" Sprint device that I cannot take advantage of.
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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    Texas for some reason is way ahead of the curve, Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin all expected to be up in the first 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michael24j View Post
    I currently have the Evo 3D, (and the original Evo) and have for almost 2 years gotten use to using 4G wimax. However, I live in an area that probably will not be on a LTE rollout priority list anytime soon. Was wondering if anyone else out there is going to wait to buy this because you will have to return to Sprint's horribly slow 3G network or if you are planning on getting it regardless? I want the new stuff with the phone and really never use the 3D, but I dont think I could live without 4G...
    For me, it's less of a question because despite the fact that Washington, DC is in a Wimax coverage area, my home is in a suburb that isn't.

    I bought my phones knowing that 4G probably wouldn't make it to me during my contract. In fact, even when I do manage to find some Wimax coverage, it's so poor & inconsistent that I seldom bother to use it.

    I made my purchase based on the bill savings and overall specifications of the phones.

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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    You know, I remember when Sprint first rolled out their 3G network. I lived in an area that did not have it, yet I still bought a 3G phone because they were still good phones (for the time) to uses despite not having 3G. Now, it took them about 2 years to finally get there but they did. I'd say that you are in a tough spot. You need to ask yourself how important 4G is to you... Then check the following list to see if there is a minute possibility of you seeing LTE where you live within the next 12 months at the most:



    FYI, my city is on the list, which solidifies my decision on purchasing this device. For me, I use wifi a lot, but I do use 4G about 10-20% of the time I'm using data. So, for me, even though I may not have LTE in my area at launch, its not a deal breaker.

    However, you need to ask yourself what your needs are. How often do you use 4G? Has it become an essential part of your life? If so, then DON'T DO IT. Can you live with Sprint's 3G speeds where you are for the time being? Think about it. The Evo 3D is still a very capable device which is being promised an ICS update later this year, so its not like you have a completely crappy phone. Your phone is still better than the phones most people will be carrying this year.
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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    I'm still rollin' the OG EVO 4G but I had no 4G coverage when I bought it... and still don't! In fact, it's never been on a 4G network to this day.

    I'll be moving on to the next device with LTE probably in a month or two and don't care if I have LTE coverage or not.
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    Default Re: with only 5 or so markets with LTE this summer, is it worth i

    Being a loyal Evo 3D user and having the OG Evo as well will definately upgrade. The Phone is a beast spec wise. They will definately have LTE in all the major markets by October. If not, all those iphone fanboys will jump ship. Everyone know that Apple next iphone will be LTE.
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