Only 20% coverage to start with Good to see the rollout beginning but none of the starter metros are more than 20% covered. Sprint probably shouldn't announce a market until it's 70% covered.
The performance is great where you can get it, some reporting over 30Mbps. I get 15-20Mbps at times. The latency improvements makes more of a difference as apps/web browsing only needs a few Mbps but low latency will have more impact.
3G performance has also really improved, about as fast as EVDO can go.
But it will probably take 5-6 months longer to complete larger markets. At least it's happening. Sprint will be in great shape when the entire rollout is complete on their entire footprint.
They'll standout if able to continue unlimited AND have competitive performance.
Edit: Most get 10-20Mbps, some get over 30. But it's the latency that makes it look better than WiMAX...
Re: Only 20% coverage to start with If you look at their coverage map for San Antonio, their site actually shows >100% of the san antonio area (it goes WAY past where I would expect it would start at / coverage past anything most would consider a suburb and covering some very rural areas and nearby cities that I think most would not consider as part of the San Antonio area). I got the S3 on saturday and LTE was already active, although in the default startup of device LTE on the phone was disabled in the settings. However, in driving around doing speedtests, I would estimate 800MB data from it from 30 tests or so (in the areas with the faster LTE, other tests in slower areas but those would use less data)
Hopefully their towers aren't all upgraded yet that it shows on their coverage map, otherwise the poor coverage (if it's the end scenario) would be very disappointing and similar to wimax. Guess I have 10 of 14 days to decide to stick w/ them or not. Overall considering that probably almost no one using it yet and only a few places with the really high speeds... looks poor compared to initial wimax rollout that gave consistent 6-12Mbps everywhere I tested, although the LTE works somewhat better in buildings. That said, if they can even keep it at >3Mbps it would still blow away the competitor's offerings with unlimited vs the tiny caps. The speeds on V/ATT make little sense, you pay $1(100MB at $10/GB) to use 30Mbps for 27 seconds.
Re: Only 20% coverage to start with The coverage maps show the end target state of LTE rollout, not the current rollout state. San Antonio could be more complete though.
LTE will get better coverage than WiMAX since LTE is on the same band as voice. After rollout is complete, if you get a voice signal, you'll get LTE - not the case with WiMAX. LTE latency is also a lot better than WiMAX.
Re: Only 20% coverage to start with Good to know, their website seems to give the impression that's the current state not the end state... what use is the end state when looking if you're covered at your house/etc?
I'm not sure I see a large latency difference but maybe the towers I connect to are far away or they have them routed strangely? I see 90ms/100ms now on LTE from speedtest.net app on the SIII (and have seen higher/lower) and I'm in the city/probably less than a mile from a tower. On wimax I think I was usually at 110 or so from 5mi+ from the tower where my fixed modem is at, and saw both higher and lower from my Evo. My fixed modem with Clear Wimax routes me through WA with most websites like speedtest.net, and I'm guessing Netflix/etc, (because the IP range/location is linked to there) and was always under 110ms unless there were bad network problems.
The 5Mbps upload IS nicer than ever was on wimax, and if they can maintain that will make using dropbox/uploading photos/videos much more useable... Now if only there were an easy workaround to prevent the horrible compression to a tiny fraction of the MMS size limit if you send an MMS with a photo.
Re: Only 20% coverage to start with Yes the problem with email is OTHER people dont use email on their phones but MMS/texts rather than attaching photos to email. (at least in my experience)
I tried some various alternate servers... the Softlayer Dallas was the same. But, Houston/Comcast reported 50ms/58ms/49ms but curiously with lower throughput (limited by the server I assume)--> all these tests were with 3/4 of 6 "4g bars" signal quality; -100dBm 39-41 asu.
ok, I can confirm firsthand seeing lower latency in tests in SA (50ms!) than the wimax.
The additional tests pushed the speedtest.net mobile data since saturday to 1.3GB...
Glen Head, NY
How Is 3G There? I would love to know how the 3G service is in those new LTE areas. Any improvement due to the new radio's and back haul or still as lousy as ever?
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Re: How Is 3G There? Posts that I have read have stated 3G is much better. For expmple, 2.22Mbps »twitpic.com/a6xc0v
Good Luck Sprint If your LTE network gets to central NJ and you have good coverage and still have unlimited data, or at least more reasonable LTE data plans, I may consider switching, until then I'm holding on to unlimited LTE with Verizon as long as I can.
Why does it say the LTE downloads are 6-8 Mbps? I thought this stuff was supposed to be 30 or 40 Mbit? I see double their 6-8 Mbps on HSPA+ and without the battery usage penalty.
If you can't open it, you don't own it.
Re: Why does it say the LTE downloads are 6-8 Mbps? That's the marketing rate since most people won't get the peak rate. I think Verizon markets LTE at 5-7Mbps. Not many people will get the peak rates, especially when LTE iPhone comes out. A smartphone app doesn't need more than a few Mbps anyway. The lower latency is where there is significant improvement.
Web browsing at 3-4Mbps at 50-60ms should be faster than 15Mbps at 150-200ms.
Re: Why does it say the LTE downloads are 6-8 Mbps? In my last swing through the colorado markets I was amazed an how well put together t-mobile's network was there. Nearly all of my tests showed pings around 50-60ms.
Re: Why does it say the LTE downloads are 6-8 Mbps? Many Sprint users are getting 10 to 30 Mbps too but just wait until LTE iPhone comes out. It would be foolish for carriers to market 4G at >10 or 20 Mbps avg.
·Verizon Online DSL
| Sprint is intentionally lowballing LTE speeds to account for a loaded network and outer-cell performance. In many cases speeds will be above what you're seeing for HSPA+, both for downloads and uploads, despite the fact that Sprint is using a single 5x5 MHz carrier for LTE, versus T-Mobile's DC-HSPA+ system (2x 5x5 channels).|
As for the battery usage penalty, at this point LTE is mature enough that there isn't a huge battery penalty anymore...now that you can get a SoC that handles CDMA+LTE all at once with a small (28nm) process.
Athens, Atlanta, Calhoun, Rome in Georgia - not Texas
quote:It is Newnan, Georgia, not Newman and the rest are in Georgia, not Texas.
Athens, Atlanta, Calhoun, Rome, Carrollton and Newman, Texas;
Re: Athens, Atlanta, Calhoun, Rome in Georgia - not Texas Thanks Mitt.
4G LTE IN ATL really well i got it in Canton GA of exit 20 on Saturday i live in the city of Atlanta lindbergh and can not get it i called sprint and tech told me to take my galaxy s3 back and get a new one we have 2 in the house and nobody can get LTE come on sprint do better
Re: 4G LTE IN ATL I was off of Lindbergh earlier today and the LTE worked fine on my EVO.
Poor Sprint It's too little too late, at least for now. We'll have to see if they start working on their coverage problem after NV. With the SMR spectrum, they could easily out-build Verizon for coverage, but that will take capital...
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Re: Poor Sprint
said by BiggA:They are including the 800 Mhz in the same build out schedule, no more capital needed.
It's too little too late, at least for now. We'll have to see if they start working on their coverage problem after NV. With the SMR spectrum, they could easily out-build Verizon for coverage, but that will take capital...
The first phones that include 800 Mhz LTE won't be available until next year.
Re: Poor Sprint What? You mean the new EVO LTE that I purchased doesn't support LTE at both frequencies?
Re: Poor Sprint Sprint's new LTE phones support 800Mhz voice/3G but not LTE because LTE on 800Mhz hasn't been approved yet - expected next year.
Re: Poor Sprint So to get the benefits of 800Mhz I need a new phone? Or is this just a firmware upgrade?
Re: Poor Sprint 800Mhz will work for voice/3G, but not sure about LTE. Probably not upgradeable. 800 LTE may not appear until 2014 so if you upgrade regularly, you'll likely have a new phone by then.
Mount Joy, PA
Silly picture I am getting the listed LTE speeds with Wimax now. I hope it jumps up by the time it rolls out here.
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