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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Left Coast DJ, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Left Coast DJ

    Left Coast DJ Android Enthusiast
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    When the "superphone" Atrix drops with the latest whizbang gizmos and its multicore processor, but creeps along at 1.5 Mbps (see Engadget review) on AT&T HSPA+ while Verizon throwsdown the Thunderbolt around the same time with its oldschool Snapdragon, but on LTE and it goes to blaze at 17+ Mbps (see Wirefly's iPhone 4 vs. Thunderbolt video).


    A game-changing phone like the Atrix needs to be on Verizon's LTE! PERIOD!
     

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    Isn't that the Bionic?
     
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    Yeah, VZW is just plain awesome EVERYWHERE, huh?

    For those who want to be with VZW, there will be options with all the whizbang gizmos
     
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    And since HSPA+ has not even been turned on in most places yet the OP's speed comparison makes no sense since that 1.5 is a 3G speed which is faster than VZW's current one....
     
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    This is exactly my point. See the Engadget's Atrix 4G review, under the "Data" section. They say their Atrix got an average of 1.5 while the HSPA+ symbol was displayed.
     
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    And.... We all now hspa+ is not live
     
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    HSPA+ is live and available (why the phones were showing the H icon), but until they physically put in and implement (switch on, by whatever that entails) the "backhaul" or additional bandwidth-carrying cables and equipment, the speeds will be 3G speeds because that is what it is. The radio is reading it as a HSPA+ signal, but the speed is 3G until the additional backhaul is in place.

    [Edit] and my additional understanding is that the physical pieces are actually mostly in place, just not connected to the AT&T network yet, that way they can "switch on" several towers covering a wider area at once by connecting the backhaul. That could be wrong but that was how it was described to me after the AT&T CEO made those comments back in January that the HSPA+ network was rolled out already...
     
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    If HSPA+ is not live, why would Engadget post their Atrix displayed HSPA+ during the data testing? Something doesn't add up here...

    Edit: SM Knipe's post makes sense. But I think there'll be a lot of unhappy/confused people if the connection on their phone shows it's on the "4G" network when in fact it's not and they're getting 3G throughput.
     
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    There will be lots of confusion, but I think they will roll it out starting sometime in march and it will be quick and quiet...
     

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