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Re: Verizon and Sprint has a big problem w/ EVDO
The issue is when you come to a fringe area where --highly dependent upon the phone -- the phone has issues switching between 3G/4G. So driving in the northeast (boston, conn, NYC, UNY) they haven't added full coverage and only if you are in the metro cores is the 4G solid. I live NE of Buffalo and when I am in my home zone I am about 0.5 mile from the 4G signals (well I am covered but the phones PRL kicks it off much earlier) and driving around my town it's all over the place.
I originally had a thunderbolt (which I loved sans the battery dying in 3 hours), but the multiple chips just couldnt get it together and it would just disconnect from the network (swapped 3 different phones, 2 sims). Then they sent me a refurb Droid charge which has weak wifi, GPS (I mean like dollar store weak), poor wifi/radio handoff, and for some reason so little RAM that if you have more than 3 active apps the thing just lags big time. I rooted it, and with some linux skills have got it under control but for $120/month I find it utterly repulsive. Handoff between 3G/4G works better but still murders the battery life. When I started looking around I read white papers on how the handoff between EVDO (eHRPD) and LTE are supposed to be seamless, well they are not. On further research I found that until the new Qualcomm chips enter mass production in phones later this year (5g gobi) that they are going to have a beast of a time going to VoLTE because these handoffs may not happen properly. Voice has not forgiveness...
You guys are taking about newer phones, so it looks like they may have gotten better. The good news is I will be able to upgrade in 6 months and by that time the 5G gobi chipsets will have made their way in, with 32mn and better battery life so at that point I may pull the trigger. If they dont get the 4G lanterns turned on in my neighborhood, I may go w/ tmo or ATT (prepaid of course) until they get it fixed because HSPA+ is better than broken 4G for now.
Lesson learned on being a beta tester. The only upside is that I am grandfathered on unlimited 4G/tether which as the wind blows may not really mean anything down the road.