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Has anyone gotten reliable 4G coverage?
Now, before anyone gets in a tizzy, this isn't a post complaining about lack of 4G coverage that wasn't promised.
I'm just wondering if there are areas where people are using 4G daily with few drops or dark areas.
When I activate 4G, I usually pick it up with two "arches" and get pretty good speeds. However, it almost always drops out within 10 minutes or so and goes back to 3G. That wouldn't be a big deal, but you end up with a 30 second gap in data coverage that disrupts anything you're trying to do at the time.
So, for now I just check occasionally to get any better and don't try to use 4G for any actual data intensive apps. My 3G speeds are fine so it's not like I'm stuck in the mud.
So, who out there gets reliable coverage?
- 07-20-2010, 09:35 AM #2
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I dont stick on the internet all day on my phone as I am an IT guy and just do this from my desk computer in my office. lol
Only time I use my phone for Inet is if I am on the run or Websense is blocking something I want to see.
This being said, I had a low signal onstreet 4G at my day job. I need to be outside to get it and get 1 bar which equates to like 2-2.5down. I never stick on it much, but connects fine and seems to do ok.
At my night job, the mall nextdoor must have an inbuilding antenna or something cuz I get full 4G and speeds of almost 6MB. Seems to be pretty consistant and get it in building. I dont stick on it long though to see if it stays connected. Just connect and sit on the crapper and browse and then go up to the counter and browse when its slow.
I have found some shotty areas though and think its more as you get to the outskirts of the signal area.
- 07-20-2010, 09:51 AM #6
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- 07-20-2010, 09:54 AM #8
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I get great 4g coverage where I live. Granted I live in center city Philadelphia Pa. I haven't really had the chance to travel outside of the city since I got my EVO so I can't really say anything for the burbs or surrounding edges of the city.
West Phila near all of the hospitals and Penn has great full bar and full speed service, same with center city. I haven't dropped service ever in those areas. South Phila has some dead spots when you start getting a little deeper in but picks up again once you get closer to the stadiums and the airport.
Most of the river front area has good coverage, till you start going north past the Ben Franklin bridge and south past say Washington Ave. And North Phila area is spotty at best.
- 07-20-2010, 09:56 AM #10
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That said, I live over on the lake and my 4G is so good that I almost cancelled my Comcast internet and used the phone for my hotspot! I'm around 5 down over there, which is more than enough to do almost anything.
- 07-20-2010, 10:12 AM #14
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Midtown Atlanta. I can't pick up a 4G signal indoors. Outdoors, I get 2M down, 1M up. My 3G signal gets 200k-300k down, 60k-200k up. I've had wifi as high as 12M down, 3M up.
- 07-20-2010, 12:11 PM #17
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- 07-20-2010, 12:37 PM #20
I live in Kansas City and can get good 4G coverage when I am stationary in one spot for a prolonged time (like at work, home or out to eat.) Unfortunately, whenever I am in such places, I frequently have access to wifi coverage also, so it's not a real big deal that I can maintain a 4G signal.
However, when I'm a passenger in a car and we drive around town (though areas that show full coverage on both the Sprint and Clear coverage maps) I've found that my phone does not maintain a consistent 4G signal. It seems as soon as I leave the coverage area for the tower to which I was initially connected, the 4G signal drops and will not reconnect until I reach my destination. Then, after being in that general area for a few minutes, I am able to get a 4G signal again.
After talking with Sprint technical support personnel, I swapped out my phone, but still have the same results. So back to the Sprint store and further conversations with the techs in the repair center indicated that even though the network is "live" it is still being built out and more towers are still being added. They also said since this is the first 4G phone, it is possible that future software updates could be made so the radio is more effiecient in moving between 3G and 4G coverage areas as well as improved hand-off between 4G towers.
As an early adopter of new technology, I understand that there are sometime "glitches" that have to be worked out. I just hope that updates will be able to improve the ability to stay connected to 4G service while being mobile around town.
And, for what it's worth, I've NOT rooted my phone at all.
- 07-20-2010, 12:44 PM #21
Downtown Baltimore, great 4G coverage everywhere. It's sporadic to the southwest of the city in the burbs, where I live. Comes and goes a lot, which jibes with what the Sprint 4G coverage maps show. I can get one-two bars on the grounds of my church, but lose it when I go inside.
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I don't even live in a Sprint 4G area but 4G is up and running in Nashville, TN.... The connection is not that reliable but it makes little sense... Clearwire offers wireless broadband internet service (which is WiMax) in Nashville but Sprint does not advertise the area as having it. If I turn on my 4G antenna I can get connected to 4G all over Nashville and surrounding area's. The speeds do not overly impress me. Yeah it's about 2 - 3 times what I get on 3G but when loading any specific web page the time lag between 3G and 4G is so minimal that it's not even a big deal. The "ONLY" positive I have found with 4G turned on is you can upload or download large attachments (Video) much, much faster than on 3G but basic web browsing is almost no difference. Maybe it has some thing to do with Sprint not officially having 4G.... But even when I was visiting family in Raleigh/Durham, NC which shows pretty much covered up 4G I had some spots where I got 7 - 8 Mbps down and then other area's where it was only about 2 Mbps vs 1 Mbps on 3G.....