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Old January 5th, 2011, 07:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Will the ascend on 4g with metro pcs?

Since metro pcs launched 4g i was wondering if the ascend would be able to use 4g. I am also hoping that metro will get 3g if 4g is only compatible with their one phone that says it supports 4g LTE.

When will the ascend get android 2.2???????????

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Old January 5th, 2011, 09:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Ascend will not support 4g. It doesn't have a 4g antenna but will benefit slightly because of decreased bandwidth use from users that are in 4g. Instead of using 3g bandwidth, they will be using 4g, which means more 3g bandwith for you. P.S. 2.2 will arrive first quarter 2011 between Jan or march
 
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If you are in a city that supports 4G and you have the Ascened, you got screwed. The old 3G towers are the new 4G ones, so for dallas and detroit, there simply isn't 3G anywhere.
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If you are in a city that supports 4G and you have the Ascened, you got screwed. The old 3G towers are the new 4G ones, so for dallas and detroit, there simply isn't 3G anywhere.
Exactly, basically all you have is either 1X or WiFi...no 4G or 3G on Metro with the Ascend.
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Exactly, basically all you have is either 1X or WiFi...no 4G or 3G on Metro with the Ascend.
If this is true then it would appear that MetroPCS has sold a phone to it's customers that is obsolete in less than two months after purchasing it. This doesn't sound right.
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Of course it isn't right...



But that's metro for you, no? The reason they still sell the ascend is because 4G isn't in all markets 3G is. Just so happens that the poster abefore me, and myself live in 4G markets.
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Of course it isn't right...

But that's metro for you, no? The reason they still sell the ascend is because 4G isn't in all markets 3G is. Just so happens that the poster abefore me, and myself live in 4G markets.
This isn't just MetroPCS and the Ascend, however. It's all android phones. The android manufacturers are so busy coming out with new and better systems that by the time you get yours activated there's something better on the market and yours is obsolete!

LOL

It's something Android users have to get used to. Always something bigger and better. (Remember when smaller was better in cell phones?)
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This isn't just MetroPCS and the Ascend, however. It's all android phones. The android manufacturers are so busy coming out with new and better systems that by the time you get yours activated there's something better on the market and yours is obsolete!

LOL

It's something Android users have to get used to. Always something bigger and better. (Remember when smaller was better in cell phones?)
In a nutshell...yeah, that's pretty much it. Every carrier can be guilty of that, I bet there are tons of users who are pissed they signed on with Verizon only to here a few weeks later the iPhone is coming out on their new carriers network.
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In a nutshell...yeah, that's pretty much it. Every carrier can be guilty of that, I bet there are tons of users who are pissed they signed on with Verizon only to here a few weeks later the iPhone is coming out on their new carriers network.
OMG! You are so right! I was talking to one of them this weekend and she is REALLY upset. Says she always wanted the iphone and now she's stuck with her HTC Droid.

Poor child!

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Stuck? Ha! I'd rather be "stuck" with a WP7 before I lay my hands on an iPhone.
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Stuck? Ha! I'd rather be "stuck" with a WP7 before I lay my hands on an iPhone.
LOL!!! I meant it 'tongue in cheek' but I wouldn't mind playing with an iphone for a while.
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This isn't just MetroPCS and the Ascend, however. It's all android phones. The android manufacturers are so busy coming out with new and better systems that by the time you get yours activated there's something better on the market and yours is obsolete!
No see, yeah in a sense that's true, but what Metro did was slightly more underhanded. They announced the 4G network before the two Metro Droids dropped, so they knew before hand that certain markets, Dallas, Detroit, Philly, etc. would never see 3G. Because they converted the 3G towers to the 4G ones. I actually called tech support about this, and they were talking down to me like I was dumb.

"Does your phone say 1x? Then you have 3G speed."

(Never mind the fact that my phone has a symbol that literally says 3G that shows up at start-up and goes away.)

Fine. But when I tether my phone, and download speeds max out at say 20 kb/s in the middle of the night when speed is highest, you can't tell me that is 3G And was with a USB tether not bluetooth so naturally faster. Didn't mention CDMA or EVDO on account that I JUST might be wrong in assuming 3G has to run on EV-DO, but they're still misleading folks. They scrapped the 3G network in certain cities to make the 4G and yet they're still selling 3G phones and telling people "all our phones run on 3G no phone that doesn even works on our network" and my friend, also a Metro customer has a Samsung Freeform which is most definitely not 3G.

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yeah....they lie to sell the phones...what can you do
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I love the fact that their hollow plastic Ascend phone you can mess with at the store shows "3G" and full bars on the top of the graphics, not to mention the box of the ascend shows 3G on the phone. I also asked the guy and he told me that 1x = 3G too.
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I love the fact that their hollow plastic Ascend phone you can mess with at the store shows "3G" and full bars on the top of the graphics, not to mention the box of the ascend shows 3G on the phone. I also asked the guy and he told me that 1x = 3G too.
It says 3G because it's 3G on Cricket's network, and I guess Metro used the same picture.
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I mean it has wi-fi so I'm good...
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I mean it has wi-fi so I'm good...
yea, but wi-fi is not always available
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I'm in total agreement that MetroPCS is basically practicing deceptive trade practices in selling this phone to users who think they are getting 3G and they know you won't be able to get it.

I'm really not sure their CSRs even know this however. Cricket and Metro have the WORST Cust Svc.

I don't know what users who don't find these forums do. Just give up eventually?

hahaha

Sad...really sad.

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Easier for corporations to steal a dollar than it is for them to make an honest one.
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Who is MetroPCS affiliated with? Anyone know.....(guess I could google! LOL)

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That's really shady. Someone should sue their asses. I hope cricket doesn't get any bright ideas.
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Cricket'll stay cool. I hear they're getting 4G LTE sometime this year though...
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Cricket'll stay cool. I hear they're getting 4G LTE sometime this year though...
You're right. I heard it would be toward the end of the year and that's why I think they will be getting a couple of very nice new phones...like (I HOPE) the IDEOS X5 and X6.
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I would love it if Cricket got the U9000.

These are the new Huawei phones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBBbIZwjRko
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I really don't care much for their reviews! Ugh!!! The U9000 has gotten much better reviews elsewhere. LOL

That didn't sound like Cricket is going to get either one of them. Boo Hoo!!!
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Yeah, that was just the first one I came across. More than likely, T-Mobile is getting them both.
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Hah! Field test complete: Update.

I borrowed my friend's HTC Desire (Most definitely 3G). And used the same USB tether method with my laptop, and no surprise I got speeds slightly slower than say, your average DSL modem. Then, I switched phones and tried again with my Ascend, I chose a site I know that can support massive download speeds (highest was 1.5 mb/s actual download speed using wi-fi on my laptop at school), and again no surprise I topped out at about 20-25 kb/s. 1x=3G right? Told this to customer services and they had no idea how to react.
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I'm sure they didn't even know what you were talking about! LOL



Man...that SUCKS!!!



I think Huawei should cut them off. It makes them look bad when they're not!
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Yeah, probably but again, the wi-fi still works so I can rely on that on campus when I don't feel like setting up shop with my laptop. That and even the 1x speed allows me to sream almost seemlessly with Skyfire (best browser ever btw cause you can force desktop mode in sites other than youtube.) anyway.
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The U9000 Looks to big and square IMO...I was hoping the rumors were true about Cricket and the EVO..that would soooo be nice =/
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The U9000 Looks to big and square IMO...I was hoping the rumors were true about Cricket and the EVO..that would soooo be nice =/
I wish they had just rounded off the corners a tad. But the trend is towards bigger is better. The Ascend is just perfect for me size wise. I wish the screen was bigger but my hand isn't that big so.......if it's gonna be uncomfortable why not just carry around your Ipad! LOL

However, I do still want the X6!!!

I didn't hear a rumour about the EVO. When did you hear it?
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I read a rumor that the EVO was going to be Cricket's flagship at some point this year. I can't for the life of me remember where though.
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I read a rumor that the EVO was going to be Cricket's flagship at some point this year. I can't for the life of me remember where though.
WOW!!! Just saw the video and CNet review! (Not that I always agree with Cnet LOL)

But this time it looks more fair!

Check it out!

HTC Evo 4G Review (black, Sprint) - Smartphones - CNET Reviews

Since Cricket and Sprint have 'partnered up' so to speak, the chances of Cricket getting the EVO sounds more logical.

Priced at $199....it's a bargain but there's an additional mandatory $10 bucks a month for 4G. Hmmmm.....what will people who don't have access to 4G do?

Thanks for the info, Crumb!
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I do not remember where I read it..but I do remember thinking it said sometime like early 2012 before they went to 4g, so not like its gonna be anytime soon.
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I do not remember where I read it..but I do remember thinking it said sometime like early 2012 before they went to 4g, so not like its gonna be anytime soon.
I do recall where I read it.

During the CES they interviewed Matt Stoiber, V.P. of Cricket Devices and he said they would be getting 4G LTE late this year.

I posted the article somewhere in the forum.
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I wouldn't mind paying $199 for an EVO! Hahaha, especially if it's on cricket.
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I wouldn't mind paying $199 for an EVO! Hahaha, especially if it's on cricket.
Me neither but I'm honestly not wild about the idea of paying an extra ten bucks a month for any phone. And it's not JUST the money. It's also the idea that they keep sucking us in.

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Well that's one of the good things about cricket, no contracts! As long as you can afford it, you have service. But, I agree with the whole 'sucking us in' thing, it really is ridiculous.
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Yeah! My bill now is $64.25 a month. If they keep going up I might as well be back with Verizon. Nahhh....there's no way on that! I don't want to be owned by anyone or anything. LOL

Certainly not a cell phone carrier. hahaha
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WOW!!! Just saw the video and CNet review! (Not that I always agree with Cnet LOL)

But this time it looks more fair!

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HTC Evo 4G Review (black, Sprint) - Smartphones - CNET Reviews

Since Cricket and Sprint have 'partnered up' so to speak, the chances of Cricket getting the EVO sounds more logical.

Priced at $199....it's a bargain but there's an additional mandatory $10 bucks a month for 4G. Hmmmm.....what will people who don't have access to 4G do?

Thanks for the info, Crumb!

I believe the customers with SPRINT who don't have 4G coverage still get stuck w/the extra fee.It makes sense,if you don't think about it.
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I believe the customers with SPRINT who don't have 4G coverage still get stuck w/the extra fee.It makes sense,if you don't think about it.
hehehehe I'll try!!!

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Yeah! My bill now is $64.25 a month. If they keep going up I might as well be back with Verizon.
That's the tradeoff on Cricket VS MetroPCS, I guess. You have legitimate 3G, we have lower bills. I have the equivalent of Cricket's "Android Plan" on MetroPCS, as I'm required to take the $50/mo plan with this phone, but the $50 is taxes and fees included. Plus, with having 2 phones between myself and the wife, it knocks off $5/mo from my plan, not sure if it does the same for hers or not.

There is another alternative that someone recently turned me on to, if that price is getting a little too steep: Virgin Mobile. They have the Optimus V, which is pretty much the same as the other Optimus "letter series" phones, and their plans are $25/$40/$60/mo depending on how much talk time you want. 300, 1200, or unlimited minutes by price, respectively. And they do have 3G. Had I seen that and done a little more research, I quite likely would have gone that route rather than MetroPCS.

Just a little food for thought.
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That's the tradeoff on Cricket VS MetroPCS, I guess. You have legitimate 3G, we have lower bills. I have the equivalent of Cricket's "Android Plan" on MetroPCS, as I'm required to take the $50/mo plan with this phone, but the $50 is taxes and fees included. Plus, with having 2 phones between myself and the wife, it knocks off $5/mo from my plan, not sure if it does the same for hers or not.

There is another alternative that someone recently turned me on to, if that price is getting a little too steep: Virgin Mobile. They have the Optimus V, which is pretty much the same as the other Optimus "letter series" phones, and their plans are $25/$40/$60/mo depending on how much talk time you want. 300, 1200, or unlimited minutes by price, respectively. And they do have 3G. Had I seen that and done a little more research, I quite likely would have gone that route rather than MetroPCS.

Just a little food for thought.
Well, to be fair...$5 bucks of that is for insurance. LOL Probably a rip off but I have it anyway. As for Virgin Mobile I don't know what it's like where I live. I don't know anyone who has it. I really don't want to worry about 'limits' ....on anything! LOL

If I want to talk 50 minutes a month or 5,000, I want to be able to do it.

So ...No Virgin for me! uh......LOL

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Well, to be fair...$5 bucks of that is for insurance. LOL Probably a rip off but I have it anyway. As for Virgin Mobile I don't know what it's like where I live. I don't know anyone who has it. I really don't want to worry about 'limits' ....on anything! LOL

If I want to talk 50 minutes a month or 5,000, I want to be able to do it.

So ...No Virgin for me! uh......LOL

Besides,VIRGIN(S) only exist in MYTHOLOGY, if I'm not mistaken.
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Besides,VIRGIN(S) only exist in MYTHOLOGY, if I'm not mistaken.
You're thinking of Unicorns, silly! Only VIRGINS could SEE Unicorns!



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Same difference,how often do you actually run in to either one of them.
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That's the tradeoff on Cricket VS MetroPCS, I guess. You have legitimate 3G, we have lower bills. I have the equivalent of Cricket's "Android Plan" on MetroPCS, as I'm required to take the $50/mo plan with this phone, but the $50 is taxes and fees included. Plus, with having 2 phones between myself and the wife, it knocks off $5/mo from my plan, not sure if it does the same for hers or not.

There is another alternative that someone recently turned me on to, if that price is getting a little too steep: Virgin Mobile. They have the Optimus V, which is pretty much the same as the other Optimus "letter series" phones, and their plans are $25/$40/$60/mo depending on how much talk time you want. 300, 1200, or unlimited minutes by price, respectively. And they do have 3G. Had I seen that and done a little more research, I quite likely would have gone that route rather than MetroPCS.

Just a little food for thought.
Before I got my ascend,i considered getting the samsung intercept on virgin. The $25 plan only has 300 minutes but unlimited text and data. I was on a really cheap cricket plan, so I thought about keeping my cricket to talk on, and getting the virgin to play with (so to speak) lol
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The U9000 Looks to big and square IMO...I was hoping the rumors were true about Cricket and the EVO..that would soooo be nice =/
I agree. That thing is fugly. It looks like it would poke a hole in your pocket.
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Btw, virgin mobile is owned by sprint and is on the sprint network.
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It's been awhile...
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