Verizon's LTE launch
0. phoneArena 02 Dec 2010, 04:57 posted on
Is it worth buying Verizon's only LTE dongle, and locking yourself in a two-year contract right now, or is it wiser to wait a few months until more is known about the upcoming LTE smartphones, and the other carriers' plans?..
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1. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
you can't just look at speed when judging and comparing the new "4G" networks. verizon invested more than any of the other companies with the best bandwidth spectrucm across the entire country. This will lead to higher coverage areas per tower and better service deeper inside buildings. Plus you get uniformity- meaning no matter what area youre in (as long as you have coverage obviously) you'll be getting the same experience. Whereas the other carriers will have varying bandwidths across different states- meaning you'll have inconsistent service and speeds
11. smpdx (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
More money has been invested in Wimax.
Sprint has more spectrum for future build out and upgrade of Wimax.
Wimax was first to market and has a huge lead on other technology.
The World has begun accepting WiMax because it has more long term potential and is seen as more affordable.
Clear/Sprint have focused on inner-city development and making sure tier 1 population areas are the best covered.
In the end, like you said, it comes down to spectrum. One thing you seem to forget is that Sprint has almost 4 times the spectrum of all the other carriers combined.
And most importantly, Sprint has Dan Hesse. Point and case!
15. bob (unregistered)
Wimax is not backwards compatible
16. WD40 (Posts: 18; Member since: 21 Oct 2009)
"The world has begun accepting WiMax"
Geeze, work for Sprint do ya? Maybe you should get your information from more credible sources than what your store manager tells you.
Did you know that China Mobile is the largest cell phone company in the world? They are using LTE.
Did you know that Vodaphone is the second largest cell phone provider in the world. They are using LTE.
Each of these cell phone providers have more customers than all cell phone companies combined the USA.
Oh, and Sprint doesn't have more spectrum for future build out. Hate to burst your bubble. Actually, no I am glad to burst your bubble.
2. vzw fanman (Posts: 1974; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
i can't wait to use verizon's 4G on a 4G phone. my next phone will eithe rbe the LG tegra 2 or the HTC incredible HD.
3. Russki (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Dec 2009)
Haha could this article be anymore against Verizon? This is starting to sound like Fox News with Verizon playing the role of Democrats.
Look phonearena, T-Mobile's "theoretical HSPA+ peaks" are 50Mbps... so what? LTE's PROVEN (not theoretical) Peaks are 100Mbps and its being adopted wolrdwide unlike HSPA+. This system already exsits and is ONLINE in Europe. It will be Verizon's speeds within the next 2-3 years. Im not even tallking about Clearwire. Sprint and At&t got screwed at the LTE spectrum auction.. both have expressed a desire to go LTE.
Is it worth a 2 year contract? Maybe not. But that doesnt mean you gotta go bashing Big Red.
4. Deathkiller (unregistered)
Verizon's 3G data plan IS $50 for 5GB, same as their new LTE plan.
Get your facts straight, PhoneArena.
5. grags (unregistered)
actually, not with data cards. only with tablets, netbooks and wifi hotspots.
Get your facts straight, Deathkiller. Fag
6. Foos (unregistered)
Yeah Deathkiller, don't be telling PhoneArena "get your facts straight" when they are actually right and you are the idiot....
7. slsman (unregistered)
as a salesman who sells VZW, Sprint, ATT, & Tmbl it drives me nuts at times with all the advertising giving customers wrong information. The 4g debacle all started when att announced the iphone4 and all the att customers thought they would be getting 4g coverage when att is just now getting things straight with their 3g. Now with Tmbl's campaign stating they are a "4g" network makes things even worse. Gotta theoretical thinking right. Right now the only carrier that has real 4G handsets is Sprint, but with the Clearwire issue who knows how long it will take for that network to grow substantially enought to cover at least 1/2 of Sprints customers. Vzw took the smart approach is making sure the network is going to work correctly then release it to the masses. I'm actually quite excited to see what 4G handsets they are going to come out with here in february.
9. russian (unregistered)
you have to be really stupid to buy that shit NOW and lock yourself with 2 year contract with dummies 5 or 10gb traffic. WHO really need that shit? if you can just go ahead and buy MiFi at VirginMobile on Sprint Network for $40/Mo. UNLIMITED without any contract. I personally think that internet must be unlimited, otherwise you always think about oh, should I turn off my xm-radio because of the traffic, or shouldn't I watch that movie on the netflix. Geez, hate verizon marketing, will never switch to any traffic lock shit!!!!
10. uofmrules (Posts: 47; Member since: 11 Oct 2010)
lol yes because Virginmobile is soooooo awesome. You may not have to worry about turning the Xm radio off, but you do have to worry about if it will work or keep buffering. lol I love people who think cheap means better and hate on companies that actually work.
12. bigguy (unregistered)
i have a sprint 4g phone the epic and have used it on 4g and the speed is amazing... faster than you can imagine
13. bigguy (unregistered)
oh ya and its unlimited and cheaper than other carriers
17. therygy (Posts: 94; Member since: 24 May 2010)
IM STILL WAITING FOR 3G!!!!! gosh verizon seriouslt everyone i know hates verizon!!!
AT&T is better.