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Re: LTE in Los Angeles
Except you don't get 12 Mbps or even 1 Mbps with Wimax where Wimax coverage does not exist. You only get 3G, and Wimax coverage is not being expanded at all. The Sprint LTE network project is architected to provide LTE eventually to just about any place that gets 3G today. It is not optimized for the highest peak speeds, but rather for moderately fast speeds delivered as consistently as possible over a larger coverage area.
Originally Posted by garcia_jx
If peak speeds for the sake of bragging rights in user forums are the most important thing to you, you would be better off with another carrier's LTE, not Wimax. Also, Wimax will be supported for a few years, but it will go away after 2015. But for real-world use by most people, most users running most mobile apps -- even video streaming -- really can't tell the difference between 6-8 Mbps and 12 Mbps.
As for what you have heard about LTE burning battery, I just don't believe that. I follow this LTE rollout stuff closely, and such a pattern just does not emerge in the testing reports.