Latency matters more after a few Mbps That's good speed but the 100+ms latency is not all that great. A smartphone app only needs a few Mbps, after that, lower latency matters more.
| It depends on the app, I suppose. With my SlingMedia player app, I can suffer through 100ms latency without issue, provided the download speed is steady at 1500+ kbps.|
I'm also streaming 320 kbps music throughout most of the day, and the latency does not appear to be that critical to either MOG, Spotify, or Google Music apps.
Only voice and video call apps would significantly suffer that I am aware of, but are there any other apps that might rely on a very low latency? It's not like 150ms is terrible, just not perfect for online games or VoIP applications. Are these heavily used by most smartphone users outside of a WiFi range?
I did a few speed tests from various servers listed nearby. The results are a bit sporadic, so I'm not sure how telling these tests really might be.
Speed Test from Various Servers Nearby
Re: Latency matters more after a few Mbps
said by en103:That leads to a good point though. Given that Sprint LTE is on 1900 it means there is more density of sites so you are likely to be closer to a tower and have fewer users per tower, especially since Sprint has half users of ATT/VZW. ATT/VZW are doing LTE on 700Mhz so a tower may be further away, which impacts latency (and supposedly 700Mhz is susceptible to interference more than 1900). Downside to 1900 is distance so needs more sites but that means since sites are closer together, you are likely closer to a site so you're likely to get lower latency. So there may be more variance in latency on 700 LTE than 1900 LTE - can't speak for HSPA+ on 1900, maybe protocol slightly less efficient.
Sprints newer phones are both - question is - how many Sprint users are on LTE in your area, and what is the cell density like ? I'm sure that VZW has a high percentage of its data users on LTE.
Re: Close, but no cigar...
said by bn1221:I feel your pain as Verizon and sprints 3G Technology was IMHO a mistake in the first place due to using EV-DO. ATT and TMO got it right with UMTS/HSPA where there 3G was and still is actually very usable. However When I quoted above, Note I tried to explain limited 3G speeds over LTE, not over the current 3G network your unfortuneatly stuck on, so in general you would be on LTE but just speed limited to 3-4 mbps (throttled) which it what they were all claiming was the theoretical speed limit of 3G. Im sure even you would be happy with that coming from that 0.12 mbit that your at now, while being able to retain your unlimited.
I have unlimited on my VZ plan. I get a whopping .12mbit on my 3G link and 10-15Mbit on LTE. So, really, unlimited 3G at crummy speeds isn't overly useful.