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Verizon LTE vs T-Mobile HSPA+ vs Sprint WiMAX

0. phoneArena 04 Feb 2011, 02:05 posted on

The nation’s first and only 4G network, the nation’s largest 4G network, the nation’s most advanced 4G network… the public barely knows what 4G is these days...

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posted on 06 Feb 2011, 16:41 1

27. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)


PA... similar to what noneya said... you guys are the fox news of the tech world

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 13:53

34. fedguru (unregistered)


You mentionned Sprint's 150MHz of spectrum, but it is actually 200MHz and it belongs to Sprint, who got it by buying Nextel (who got it from the Catholic Church!). Sprint is letting Clear use 40MHz of it. Meanwhile, Verizon was able to buy only 24MHz in the FCC auction, and AT&T was able to get a mere 11MHz. The ITU recommends 40MHz as a miniumum. That is why Verizon fails in any speed test and puts a cap on usage, and it is why AT&T is still reselling T-Mobile 3G service - they dont have enough spectrum to support 4G network services.

Both Verizon and AT&T are lobbying hard to get more spectrum allocated to broadband wireless, but its a finite resource. Lightsquared has 57MHz in the satellite band and got the FCC to permit its use for *their* LTE network, which will be built and operated by Sprint. That will pump and other $9 billion into Sprint's war chest, to combat Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T claims of superiority.

As far as I can tell, Sprint is in the driver's seat because it controls a critical resource: SPECTRUM.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:01

35. fedguru (unregistered)


Sprint is in the drivers seat. It has 200MHz of spectrum, not 150MHz. They are leasing 40MHz to Clear. Verizon was able to buy 24MHz at the FCC auction - a little more than half of what the ITU says is a minimum requirement for 4G network services. AT&T was able to get 11MHz. T-Mobile has none.

THAT is why Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile cap usage, and THAT is why they will fail every speed test when they get a few more users.

Moreover, Sprint has just gotten a $9 billion boost from Lightsquared, who have 57MHz in what used to be a satellite band, and are having Sprint host their LTE network. That will let Sprint built out their network a bit faster, and mount some ad campaigns to counter the nonsense advertised by the other.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 14:02

36. fedguru (unregistered)


Sprint is in the drivers seat. It has 200MHz of spectrum, not 150MHz. They are leasing 40MHz to Clear. Verizon was able to buy 24MHz at the FCC auction - a little more than half of what the ITU says is a minimum requirement for 4G network services. AT&T was able to get 11MHz. T-Mobile has none.

THAT is why Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile cap usage, and THAT is why they will fail every speed test when they get a few more users.

Moreover, Sprint has just gotten a $9 billion boost from Lightsquared, who have 57MHz in what used to be a satellite band, and are having Sprint host their LTE network. That will let Sprint built out their network a bit faster, and mount some ad campaigns to counter the nonsense advertised by the other.

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 11:35

37. VZW_no_love (unregistered)


In Jacksonville, FL my typical download speeds on Verizon LTE with a Thunderbolt are 1 Mbps. WTF? It has been this way ever since I got my Thunderbolt back in the Spring of this year. Why is everyone else on VZW getting such good speeds and I'm not? I'm thinking about switching to Sprint.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 01:57

38. misdirection (unregistered)


9.83 mbps download
3.83 mbps upload

4G LTE on Bionic - take that!

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