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WiMax vs. LTE vs. HSPA+

Discussion in 'Sprint' started by FreakyLocz14, May 26, 2011.

  1. FreakyLocz14

    Thread Starter

    WiMax wins, hands down!

    WiMax service is cheaper, and unlimited. HSPA+ doesn't solve any of the network clogging problems that have forced AT&T to cap smartphone data. Verizon's LTE data is capped, as well. Only Sprint offers truly unlimited 4G service on both mobile broadband sticks/cards as well smartphones for the price.
     



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  2. BenChase7

    BenChase7 Android Expert

    ^
    I saw in one of your posts a couple weeks ago they recently expanded 4G in your area. Glad to hear that! How is it working out so far? What city do you live in?
     
  3. FreakyLocz14

    Thread Starter

    San Jose, California.
    There's been 4G here officially since December (and unofficially since last fall). I just lived in a hole in coverage until recently.

    The only issues I have with WiMax are 1) building penetration, and 2) tower hand-off. It seems like I have to turn it off and back on again if I leave the range of one tower to connect to the other.
     
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  4. BenChase7

    BenChase7 Android Expert

    I see, at least there is expansion. speeds alright?
     
  5. Just give a few months, we are going to hit up to 50 mbps with wimax. The fcc is going to allow 10mhz channels.
     
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  6. BenChase7

    BenChase7 Android Expert

    ^
    I know you're the WiMax goddess and have a wealth of knowledge on this... if you have a minute, can you elaborate.. just a bit, please. :) I'm curious.
     
  7. FreakyLocz14

    Thread Starter

    I get in the 7-9 Mbps down range with full signal according to the Speedtest.net app.
     
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  8. BenChase7

    BenChase7 Android Expert

    Very Nice.
     
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  10. Evouser45

    Evouser45 Lurker

    I hear that LTE in the big red is geting slow vs wimax . in the down LTE got 8mbps
     
  11. Xadeus

    Xadeus Newbie

    If this does happen, wouldn't there be a limitation on the wimax chip that is inside most of the Sprint phones? I saw that the Sequans chip is limited to like 40Mbps vs the Verizon phones that are rated 100Mbps or higher?




    I think that even if this does go through we will have to wait for the "equipment" at the basestations to be upgraded. Hopefully it doesn't take 2 years to get that done.
     
  12. BenChase7

    BenChase7 Android Expert

    From what I've heard from RiverOfIce, when this goes through the FCC, it could up and running very soon. Does not sound like any equipment changes are needed at the basestations.
     
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  13. Xadeus

    Xadeus Newbie

    Sweet. I would think it would be more software based. That article made it sound like they needed to completely rebuild each basestation with new hardware.
     
  14. eieio

    eieio Android Expert

    equipment upgrades will be needed
     
  15. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Android Expert

    By the end of this year, people on LTE won't be thinking about if they're being throttled because they'll be self-throttling due to per GB cost. LTE and HSPA+ still suffer from too many users because I think they're both still linked to 3G GSM, which probably means a lot of people sharing the same access points.

    The think I like most about Wimax is that it's not technology created by wireless carriers so they don't control the standards. LTE's built for carrier controls.
     
  16. BasouKazuma

    BasouKazuma Newbie

    I have an HTC EVO 4G in the Oakland/San Francisco bay area. When I'm not moving Wimax is great but when you ride in a car/bus, the connection drops and doesn't automatically re-connect.

    Is this a problem with Wimax or the phone and does LTE drop connection less often on compatible android phones? Also, would Wimax 2 be better at holding constant connection while physically moving within the coverage area?

    Basically, I know very well the shortcomings of Wimax in reference to my phone and would like to know what would resolve this issue since not being able to use Wimax while on the move cripples it's day-to-day usage for me making it only useful at airports, hotels and various other places where I'm not moving and don't have access to a high speed internet connection.
     
  17. eieio

    eieio Android Expert

    What would you use Wimax or LTE for while moving?
     
  18. BasouKazuma

    BasouKazuma Newbie

    There are many uses where a high speed connection would be helpful. Main reason would be for when I do things like:
    - Watch videos on Netflix
    - Play Android games online
    - Download/Upload random files
    - Tether to a laptop and get work done or do whatever

    As it is now, I use 3G 99% of the time due to the shortcomings like no auto-reconnect and the strain on battery performance.
     
  19. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Android Expert

    Wimax while moving is great when it works. It allows talk and data simultaneously. Works perfectly if 4G signals is strong. I use it all the time. Extended battery needed though.
     
  20. PyroJing

    PyroJing Member

    I too would like to know the answer to these questions. I live in Chicago and see the same things. Biggest thing I regret going to Sprint is WiMAX dropping so much while traveling, and I'm reduced to just sticking with 3G which is fine for the most part seeing it does save battery.
     
  21. NOMster

    NOMster Android Enthusiast

    I used to have the same problem with evo and overdrive but I don't notice as much with the nexus s. It hands off much better from tower to tower and 3g to 4g and back.
     
  22. PyroJing

    PyroJing Member

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