Thread: Support Can I use this phone on 3G?
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Old February 24th, 2012, 02:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
zcarman
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There is a 3G indicator on the Exhibit, I keep trying to snag a screen shot of it, but I roll back to 4G too quickly. The 4G/Edge thing is mainly due to markets that have HSDPA+ will show as 4G - HSDPA only is 3G - Edge only is 2G... Yes, believe it or not, there are still just 2G areas in T-Mobile's arsenal - mainly their roaming partners...

As for speeds in my area...

AT&T 3G+ is rocking 6.5Mbps...
Verizon 3G is 1.2Mbps...
Verizon LTE is a whopping 20+Mbps...
Sprint 3G is a slow 600kbps...
Sprint 4G WiMAX runs a solid 9.5Mbps...
T-Mobile HSDPA+ (3.5G) is running a solid 6.5Mbps... (I'm only in a 7.2Mpbs area)

So overall, they are pretty comparable. I would love to get an AT&T LTE device to test out, but pretty much all the networks around me are solid and have good signals. There is a definite difference in the "3G" and "4G" numbers with that lovely "3.5G" in the middle - just like the Europeans gave WiMAX and HSDPA+ in reality...
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