Report: Sprint to become "King of data speed"
0. phoneArena 16 Mar 2014, 21:51 posted on
According to Strategy Analytics, Sprint will soon be "King of data speed". A report issued by the research firm says that the carriers are moving away from network coverage (except for Verizon) and are focusing on the speed of their respective pipelines. Guang Yang, Strategy Analytics' senior analyst for wireless networks and platforms, says that the TDD spectrum in the 2.5GHz band that Sprint acquired from Clearwire last year is the key...
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1. baldilocks (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
Doesn't matter when they have barely more coverage than T-Mobile...
8. lsutigers (Posts: 820; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Dude Sprint is way ahead of TMO coverage wise.
11. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
That depends on where you are at. Far as I'm concerned both stink. But you can judge for yourself.
That and 2.5ghz will barely work inside buildings vs 700 or 850mhz with att or verizon, but who cares huh.
16. lsutigers (Posts: 820; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Spark is tri-band LTE which includes the refarmed Nextel 800mhz spectrum for building penetration.
19. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
yeah but then you don't get all three for the speed.
In reality though, does it really matter when hell, who needs anything faster than 10mb for a phone or device. I'd like it to me a consistent 10mbps no matter what time of day rather than 2-40, with it being more 2 than 40 or whatever else.
47. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
They're not even using the 800MHz spectrum from Nextel. That's later in 2014 lolol.
26. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
true abt the 2.5.....kinda sad huh......u know what??......the FCC should mandate the carriers each have one penatrating band minimum for data (which voice can travel over anyway) and one penatrating band minimum for voice. then we'd al be happy campers.
69. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1146; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
I have heard that the LTE Advanced 2500 will penetrate buildings. I read this on S4GRU website by industry engineers.
91. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Actually, what should happen is, instead of leasing out this spectrum to the companies, it should allocate it based on need. This business practice is the reason AT&T and Verizon has such the stranglehold on the market that they do.
49. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
It's coverage is better than their maps. I have had LTE for about a year now and Sprint doesn't even show it available in my state.
56. youlookfoolish (Posts: 173; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
You are absolutely correct.
Coverage, speed, everything about network performance is completely subjective. Weather, handset and so many factors determine performance. Good post. And yes, they do both ultimately suck.
80. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
No when talking about either pop covered or sq miles covered its not close. But of course the TMo fans won't use facts.
86. TheRequiem (Posts: 241; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Dont ever mention open signal again on here are you will forever be invalid, go away. The 8 channel radios and amps Sprint is using render the indoor building coverage inept, your out of the loop.
12. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
sprint and tmobile suck compared to at&t and verizon's coverage in my area.
27. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
BUT THEYRE NOT UNLIMITED!!!!! ur a fool for living in a data cage......
36. silencer271 (Posts: 254; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
depends on locaton. Here sprint is dead last in coverage.
65. Omarc07 (Posts: 430; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
like they say depends were u live i dont like tmobile i have verizon rite now but if i had to choose id choose tmobile anyday over sprint i gave both a try 2 months ago on tmobile i had an s4 on sprint an lg g2 which supposedly works on there spark network . Sprint was horrible here in los angeles SLOOOW data txt messagin all messed up it said they sent but other person never got them,sprint spark was slow i was able to get it in east la and montebello but speed was 2 to 5 mbps dwn dropped calls i had a lot and call quality was PRETTY bad couldnt hear the other person half the time.Now tmobile on the other hand was the opposite clear HD calls ,FAST data up to 40 mbps no dropped calls yes not one call dropped ,ONLY reason i didnt stay and i got verizon was cuz they give me a discount from were i work .
70. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1146; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Spark isn't complete yet, and here in NYC people are getting 60 MBS with Spark devices. When it's all said and done Sprint will be a force to be reckoned with.
87. TheRequiem (Posts: 241; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Sprint Spark is the fastest in the country, I have tested almost 7000 cell sites, your full of crap, 2-5 mbps? I think you mean standard LTE, the average I get out of Sprint's 2.5ghz band is at least 35mbps.
85. TheRequiem (Posts: 241; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
I can personally attest to this, I test networks around the country for 3 carriers and Sprint's Spark at the 2.5 ghz band clearly blows everyone out of the water.
39. youlookfoolish (Posts: 173; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
T-Mobile's latest commercial pegs them at 51,000 towers. Sprint has over 55,000. That's not barely. Sprints footprint is MUCH larger. The point of this article drives home that speed will match coverage eventually.
T-Mobile still has and will likely always until they day they are sold the smallest coverage footprint. Not conjecture. Fact. Proven. Hard numbers.
54. youlookfoolish (Posts: 173; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
I'm delusional because I don't agree with your perspective?
It can't be because I am using cold, hard, substantiated facts right? Using facts is the opposite of delusional. Ha.
59. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)
51,000/56,000= 92.7%. Sprint has approximately 7.3% more towers. That is indeed barely.
60. youlookfoolish (Posts: 173; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
You realize that is potentially up to 5,000 square miles right? Not quite barely.
79. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)
5000? The USA is 3.79 million square miles. So Sprint has 0.14% more coverage based on your numbers by area.
2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Sprint Spark is a really good example of marketing. Verizon and T-Mobile are laughing at Sprint.