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Old 05-15-2012, 08:01 AM
 
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Does anyone use Sprint's 4G WiMAX smartphone service in Northern Virginia, but particularly in Alexandria?

I've heard that Virgin Mobile is going to offer really cheap 4G rates next month and I was considering adding it (though the phone is really expensive at $300). It is supposed to be the Sprint WiMAX 4G network that Sprint itself is phasing out when it builds its LTE network over the next few years.

Just curious to see if the Sprint 4G or the Virgin Mobile 3G is worth it. I currently only have a AT&T voice/text plan that is actually more expensive than the Virgin Mobile voice/text/data plans, but I don't want to shell out $150 to $300 for a Virgin Mobile phone if the network stinks.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:44 PM
 
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Thumbs up Virgin 3G comparable DSL speed

Overall Sprint's data coverage of Northern Virginia is respectable.

I use Virgin Mobile's 3G and get speeds comparable to and often better than DSL. As with all cellular services, speeds vary between locations and even throughout the day at fixed location.

Unfortunately, 3G and 4G devices drain power quickly. Without a spare battery, the 3G or 4G device would need to be tethered to power socket after prolong use.
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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I use Virgin and paid I less than $200 for my smartphone (Samsung). I really like it. I have another cell phone with Verizon, but to add a data plan to that phone would cost more than what I pay for unlimited data with Virgin. With Virgin, I pay something like $40/month for unlimited data, text, and more voice minutes than I ever use up (I use my Verizon phone for voice primarily, but I have used the Virgin as well and not had problems with service except for IN my townhouse in Woodbridge! - I now live in Sterling and get service in my house just fine).

I don't really have a basis for comparison regarding network speeds because I've only ever had Virgin for data, but for me, it works just fine.
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