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We'll be saying goodbye to Evo for Thunderbolt

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  1. calvinrw

    calvinrw Well-Known Member

    I really, really like the Evo! Would love to stay. Unfortunately, where I live, just found out, does not have 3G coverage and will NOT be getting 3G coverage and don't even think about 4G. So after 9 years with Sprint, I will be migrating to Verizon. And I really, really like the Evo!! :(

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  2. Drew5150

    Drew5150 Well-Known Member

    Ok, what have you been usung for the last few years without coverage?

    KENNECTED Well-Known Member

    I was thinking the same thing.
  4. s_special

    s_special Well-Known Member

    i'm assuming he just moved somewhere new. my first impression with the thunderbolt was that it had weird over saturation of colors displayed. but i hear it's really fast.
  5. calvinrw

    calvinrw Well-Known Member

    Sprint claimed my area was 3G for data. Phone coverage was fine. Therefore, I got the Evo know that I'd never have 4G where I live but 3G was satisfactory. And since I was mostly in building with Wi-Fi, there wasn't any major issues. Until I was noticing issues in a building I started working in without wi-fi. Then, it became apparent no 3G or very slow 3G. After further investigation, it was determine where I am there is no 3G. Every tech person I spoke with Sprint said there was until they checked further. An lo and behold, no 3G. Anyway, that's why I'm switching, even knowing my bill will be higher. :(
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  6. Lol, everyone knows 3G is super slow. Especially when coming from using Wifi a vast majority of the time. Sprint is ranked #4 out of all the carriers for their 3G speed. I have stayed in a bad "Sprint coverage" area for a month on a trip and my 3G was slow in Mississippi. Everyone uses Verizon in the area I was located but I had Wifi when I got back to the hotel land 3G still would allow me to use navigation driving around so it didn't matter to me.
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  7. toomuchgame441

    toomuchgame441 Well-Known Member

    I don't know what I'd do if I didn't get at least decent data speeds with my Carrier. Evo is a great device but the wireless data you get from your carrier is ALWAYS first (to me anyway). So I hope you enjoy your thunderbolt!
  8. calvinrw

    calvinrw Well-Known Member

    Yeah. However, what I'm getting is 1X. Here is what Sprint is saying in my area for "3G". Nationwide Sprint Network Most data services work at a slower rate, except Location Based Services (Sprint Family Locator, Sprint Navigation and TeleNav) are not accessible.
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  9. Caloy

    Caloy Well-Known Member

    I disagree, I think 3G is fast enough for most internet applications, maybe a few exceptions like HQ YouTube videos, downloading huge files, etc. Most other applications like Pandora, Navigation, browsing the internet, finding information are all fine with 3G speeds. I find that with this applications, there is little if any difference with wifi.

    On the other hand, games like Pocket Legends would benefit from wifi's quicker latency times.

    4G speeds is over hyped, most of the time you won't notice the difference and 4G draws a lot more juice from the batteries. I can honestly say that I use 4G less than 1% of the time. Go figure.

    As for the OP, if he truly can't get decent 3G coverage where he's at, then I don't blame him switching carriers.

    Peace! :)
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  10. There is a huge difference in speed between 3G and 4G. I don't know what they are doing with your 4G where you live or how many people you have on Sprint's 4G network but the speeds between 3G/4G are huge. I live in Abilene, TX and we have 4G. They have made some huge changes to the 4G network since I had to depart the city for 6 months. If I want to download something quick while in my car I turn to 4G ALWAYS. I really don't care about how much battery 4G drains because I have a car charger. That's what chargers are there for. If my phone is in my car the aux input is plugged in and so is the car charger. My phone holds all the music for both of my vehicles.
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  11. lordofthereef

    lordofthereef Well-Known Member

    Wow... you literally went eight months without realizing you don't have 3G in your area?
  12. lordofthereef

    lordofthereef Well-Known Member

    That's the thing though. THEORETICAL differences are huge. Real world differences aren't always so big. Everywhere I have tried 4G *Chicago and Los Angeles) it has been the same speed down as 3G. Upload speeds and latency were much improved but the download speeds (generally the more important factor on a cell phone for me anyway) were mostly identical, enough so that it wasn't worth turning on the 4G antenna for me.
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  13. toomuchgame441

    toomuchgame441 Well-Known Member

    I really wish i can hop on 4G more but Sprint wimax is just lackluster, it doesn't penetrate thru building and their are only specific spots in my work building where I can even get a 4G signal... its disappointing. I am able to handle most things data wise such as watching hq YouTube videos, watching entire streaming episodes on my tv app with little to no buffering over 3G. So do I really need 4G? Not really.... but it would be nice to take advantage of the feature.
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  14. lordofthereef

    lordofthereef Well-Known Member

    ^^^ Amen brother.
    I did find it was handy for tethered MMO gaming due to the ping being extremely low. Aside from that, I have no use for it (well, there is also the fact that my home doesn;t have 4G reception, LOL)
  15. Caloy

    Caloy Well-Known Member

    Like I said there are exceptions where 4G will be of use, but most other applications, you won't see much difference in most other applications. 3G bandwidth is big enough for most uses.
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  16. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member


    i would too.. have fun with the new phone and carrier
  17. helofast

    helofast Well-Known Member

    you will love it just as much, we all know a thunderbolt is a refreshed htc evo anyways. Kind of like a Chevrolet Tahoe & Cadillac escalade
  18. JunBringer

    JunBringer Well-Known Member

    If you need to switch I'd see if T-Mobile has coverage there and get the Sensation. Better than the Thunderbolt easily.
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  19. archercc

    archercc Well-Known Member

    If i was going VZW the Thunderbolt would be my choice. The only knocks were the battery rumblings like the Evo but they were either overblown or immediately resolved with HTC because my phone has been as expected from a smartphone that has a massive screen and is used as a mobile tablet.

    Ill be holding off on an upgrade until Sprint settles which 4g format they are going with (I think they are going to get tired of clear and falling behind LTE eventually) and because the 3d is stupid.

    While I agree its nice to be able to turn it on for "power surfing" non-mobile websites. If I didn't get 4g I would be refusing the $10 fee. I can easily tell the difference when on media heavy sites. Being said, I probably surf 85% of the time in 3g just because its a quick hit here or there to a site to look something up.
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  20. lordofthereef

    lordofthereef Well-Known Member

    The $10 fee currently isn't (and TECHNICALLY never was) a 4G fee. Likely because of complaints, this fee is attached to all smartphone now.
  21. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    Que the dead horse
  22. Roq

    Roq Well-Known Member

    I had the change to use a Tbolt during Easter, and it was really nice. LTE seemed much faster than Wimax. Even when I am right next to a wimax tower at Cal State Fullerton with full bars it was not as fast as LTE from what I experienced. The build quality of the phone seemed better and the color saturation and brightness of the screen seemed better as well.
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  23. JunBringer

    JunBringer Well-Known Member

    I played with my cousin's Inspire (I think it was, the AT&T version of the Thunderbolt) and it felt really nice too. The haptic feedback was much crisper than the Evo as well.
  24. MsRandall

    MsRandall Well-Known Member

    The thunderbolt and Inspire shoud have better features and performance...they did come out 9 months after the Evo. I cant wait for the evo 3d to retake the top dog spot.
  25. youdoofus

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