September 29th, 2012, 10:24 AM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Hampshire, UK
Device(s): HTC Legend,
Nexus 7, 16GB
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Originally Posted by !on
I won't be binning a good phone for it.
Had high hopes of the old analogue TV signal being used for WiMax. Seems not. So this is gonna be only in the cities (to begin with)? If that's the case, I can just go in 'spoons & use proper WiFi
It's same old, same old with UK operators, they want to provide the most basic of coverage, just enough to sell new phones. We still can't get decent 3g in the countryside, for like, on the train with the laptop.
What's needed is to beef up the * data * network in between
the cities. They seem to forget that our mobile
devices are being used while on the move.
For other networks other than EE, it is the old analogue TV spectrum being used. EE was allowed to use some of their other spectrum to make a 4G network.
LTE has a larger range than WiMAX so you'll be able to use 4G in places other than cities (and the gov't is backing this to meet it's super fast broadband targets).
Unlike 3G technologies, LTE stays the same size when lots of people are using it, 3G coverage used to shrink when this happened, that should mean a more consistent coverage like we get with 2G.
As for networks on the move on trains, Cross Country trains are rolling out WiFi networks on their trains, but I haven't used them because you have to pay.
Unfortunately whilst the gov't is trying to back 4G networks in places such as Sussex, there are arguments going on as to whether it's against EU laws.