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Old 08-16-2011, 04:46 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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Between all of the competing technologies (Mobile WiMax, HSPA+, and LTE) and lofty speed claims by the carriers, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. That's why Laptop decided to extensively test the four major carriers in five cities nationwide — using phones, USB modems, and mobile hotspots — to tell you which networks truly deliver on the 4G promise.

Carriers' lofty claims of 4G speed put to test - Technology & science - Wireless - msnbc.com
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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Good link - thanks for sharing! This article pretty much confirms my experiences.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:03 AM
 
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Went to Atlanta and tried Sprint's 4G on my EVO. It sucked big time. Was slower than the 3G. I'm sick of the glitzy touchscreen phones. Going back to black.
Blackberry 9930, that is.
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I've used T-Mobile's HSPA+ from January through May this year, and now I'm on Verizon's 4G-LTE. (Prior to January, I used Verizon Wireless for voice, but did not use data at all.)

I live in the Minneapolis area, work primarily in downtown Minneapolis, and also travel extensively throughout suburbs for business and personal reasons. I also take to the road fairly often, because I like visiting places I've never been before.

T-Mobile seems more than adequate in the city and more densely populated areas, but in the farther suburbs, and especially once the last strip mall is in your rear view, it's honestly not even close.

T-Mobile's data drops to 2G (akin to using dial-up), and then nothing, leaving you with voice and texting only.

Verizon, at least in my immediate region, doesn't give me 4G outside the metro area, but it seems far more likely that I'll still get usable 3G data service out in what many would consider the middle of nowhere. Verizon's 3G runs about 0.5 to 1.2 Mbps, plenty to stream music, and even watch a video on my laptop.

I'd have kept T-Mobile through my contract if I never left town. Their rates were wonderful, and their customer service reps are some of the best in the business, but spotty service and poor reception outside of metro areas made me switch back to Verizon.
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:01 PM
 
Location: The Brightest City On Earth
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I am on Metro PCS and it is very good here in the valley.
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