Small cell stations aim to build stronger, faster networks; Sprint the first with open plans
- Macrocell towers are the giant towers that we all know. They have the largest range around, and are often seen in rural areas.
- Microcells have a range of under one and a quarter miles (two kilometers), and have been the go to cell station for urban areas.
- Picocells, have an effective range of under 650 feet (200 meters), and are often used indoors like malls, train stations, etc.
- Femtocells, which have a range of around 33 feet (10 meters), and they are used in offices or homes. Although, confusing the issue, AT&T has branded its home/office wireless signal boosters as 3G Microcells although they are technically femtocells.
1. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
typical sprint. hopefully this works out for them.
2. lsutigers (Posts: 713; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
A lot of good Sprint press lately, for a change. They are definitely moving in the right direction. With good marketing, I think Sprint will experience significant growth over the next 5-10 years. The key to all this is keeping Unlimited Data and they know it, thats why their entire network is basically being rebuilt and over-engineered like this. This is good for all consumers as it may force ATT/VZW to compete with Sprint on price.
3. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 244; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Faster being the key word sprint has plans for.
4. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Looks like sticking with good ole Sprint might turn out to be good after all. I love Sprint of course because of their unlimited data, but also because they'll replace rooted/ROMed phones, and they also kinda-sorta-maybe care about their customers a little. If they can get through the slow data speeds, they would have a ton more customers
5. kabu7x (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 May 2012)
well said Cwebb i ageee i was gonna jump ship to tmobile because thier 4g is more stable but after reading this i might hold out or just rejoin sprint in 2014l. any suggestions?
13. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
why would you wait 2 years of slow speed when you could easily leave and then decide to come back or not.. and while your gone, your saving money and getting faster service.
6. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
Reliable calling service is important, i cant stand calling anyone on tmobile. Garbage of a network
7. axllebeer (Posts: 265; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)
As a Sprint customer, the network is sluggish that's for sure. But since my recent departure from iDEN, it's faster, way faster, than that. But after doing a speed test and the best I've ever got with Sprint being 1.5mbs and my parents running AT&T on HSPA averaging 2.6mps, with HSPA+ promised in the next 4 months, I'm hanging onto hope. Unlimited is a great thing, one less thing to worry about running over. But considering how unpredictable the current Sprint network is, it's can currently be very hard to enjoy unlimited.
8. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 244; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Lol got the thumbs down spammers goin hard lately.
9. abedi75 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
Galaxy S3 is copy of HTC ONE X be it lock screen or camera interface Samsung is copy cat HTC is KING
10. Beholder88 (Posts: 80; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
This is a really good idea. We'll see how the other networks plan to compete with this, as this could end up being a game changer. I'm not even going into the "unlimited" topic, it's useless trying to argue why it is or is not a good thing.
11. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
Sprint would of course say that they are the implementing all of these features and I'm sure they are. In long run however, it wont matter how many "towers" you have up, it still comes down to the amount of spectrum you have to deal out to the users on that network. That is still and will be the fall of sprint. Too many people on too little spectrum leads to terrible service.
I hope they prove me wrong because we definitely need a 4th major player in the US market and I dont see any of the smaller guys making a run for it anytime soon.
12. downphoenix (Posts: 2295; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Um, you do realize that Sprint has the largest spectrum holdings of the carriers in the US, right?