Sprint's 4G LTE service gets tested in Atlanta
Sprint is going to be a major 4G competitor in the city. Downloading, AT&T was the fastest with its 4G LTE speed coming in at an average of slightly over 18Mbps, Sprint's 4G LTE was next with an average of about 13Mbps, followed by Verizon's 4G LTE and T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42Mbps pipelines. In dead amongst 4G signals was Sprint's WiMAX which had an average download speed under 4Mbps. Ouch! When it came to average upload speed, Verizon was first followed by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and then WiMAX.
Sprint customers should be feeling full of hope seeing this study. Replacing a poor performer like WiMAX with a legitimately fast service like 4G LTE should help Sprint add more customers, especially if it sticks to its unlimited data plans.
Sprint's LTE service is slowly getting tested (L) while real time testing shows Sprint's LTE service to be fast on the download
1. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)
Whoa!!!Sprint isn't messing around.The second wave of cities include W.Palm Beach ,Miami,and Ft.Lauderdale. Go towww.s4Gru.com for more details..but at 13mbps download whoops BigRed's keyster...
2. Libra1985 (Posts: 43; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Hmm that's promising but at the same time no one is using Sprint LTE service right now, so of course the stats would look nice, let's revisit these test six months after deployment.
4. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Yep. Imagine AT&T 4G LTE network with a fraction of it's users.
7. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)
They're just gettng into the LTE game .Remember they had to get WiMax because it was the only spectrum available so yeah of course no one using it because it's not available yet except in Kanakee,ILL. Give them a chance Libra85 and I'm not disagreeing with you but let them work it out.
3. GeekMovement (Posts: 1478; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
I just hope they improve their coverage to the western coast within a reasonable amount of time. I don't want to carry around an LTE device that can't use on LTE for too long.
11. lsutigers (Posts: 611; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
After Network Vision is complete this time next year and the 800mhz Nextel spectrum is refarmed, their coverage is supposed to almost double, it will be a lot more dense in some areas and expand in others. I saw a PPT slide somewhere, I think S4GRU and the new coverage footprint looks impressive.
Where on the West coast are you, I have been to Washington state, Oregon and California and found Sprint's service to be excellent there.
6. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 778; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
I was getting 10-13 MBS in NYC on Wimax....lol. I got 15.7 down on June 9th, 2012
12. lsutigers (Posts: 611; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
WiMAX is not as bad as some people make it out to be, signal penetration is not great but if you have a strong signal 8-10mbps is not uncommon.
8. thedarkside (Posts: 639; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
always a minute late and a dollar short.
9. skymitch89 (Posts: 969; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Looks promising, but like what has already been said, the LTE speeds for Sprint is with no one using the network. I remember back when Verizon first launched their 4G network and the T-Bolt & a USB modem were the only LTE devices, Verizon's download was peaking at over 20Mbps.
13. lsutigers (Posts: 611; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Well some folks at S4GRU were able to get on Sprint's LTE network and speeds were averaging around 25mbps and peaking at 30mbps+. That was on a Galaxy Nexus, if that matters.
19. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
now that is the speed i want to hear about! not that wimpy 13mbps! lol
24. Joshua9007 (Posts: 29; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
This was not a test to see the best speed someone could get from sprint. Sprint only has approximately 35% of towers complete and broadcasting LTE, so signal strength cannot be great. Once all the towers are operational and they optimize the network, it might actually be capable of higher speeds, but then once it gets burdened by users... the speeds will probably be closer to VZW's LTE speeds.
10. centuro1911 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)
Seriously, what kind of speeds do you need on a phone? Anything around 10 Mbps should be more than sufficient and faster than the phone will even be able to process. The phone shouldn't even be used as a device for downloading large files except in extreme circumstances and the phone companies shouldn't be building networks for extreme circumstances.
14. lsutigers (Posts: 611; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Actually, most experts agree that just about everything on a mobile phone can be done well with 600kbps. The advantage to higher speeds is only come into play when downloading a file and even then the speed advantages aren't fully realized.
16. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
not when your using a hotspot, that is where the HIGH speed comes in very nice! i also am using verizon 4510L mifi and getting 36mbps DL and 13mbps UP,, gee, guess thats toooooooooo fast for centuro and isutigers! but everyone can have the own OPINION!
17. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
and WHO cares about the so called 'experts' can't you think on your own, or do you always need 'backup' thinkers to help you justify you thinking!
18. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
and you say 'even then the speed advantages aren't fully realized' your SO WRONG! i have downloaded a few drivers off dell's website, large files and WOW nice difference from a 10mbps to a 36mbps on verizon LTE ,,,,
22. lsutigers (Posts: 611; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
First of all dumb ass, I said, ON A MOBILE DEVICE, I do agree that if you are tethering, yes, it would make a difference. Second, anywhere between 10-30mbps is ridiculously fast for a mobile device and is faster that 90% of wired home networks. So, why dont you take a chill pill and your mifi 4510L and shove it you know where.
15. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)
NOT impressed! 13MBPS! slooww.. I already get 9 to 13MBPS on clearwire WIMAX, and this is too look good??
20. Moocracka (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 May 2012)
You just like to listen to yourself talk don't you?