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Sprint has two phones capable of using its 4G WiMAX network -- the EVO 4G and the just-launched Epic 4G. T-Mobile has no current phones compatible with its 3.5G HSPA+ network, but will soon get its first, the G2 Android smart phone.  (Source: Sprint)
Next gen coverage is reaching more users

Fourth generation wireless technology (4G) offers faster data transmission speeds which is critical to smartphones or computers using tethering to access the internet.

This week Sprint, the third largest carrier in the U.S., announced that three more cities are covered by its 4G network.  The additions to the official coverage list are Boston, MA; Daytona Beach, FL; and Providence, RI.  With the additions, Sprint now covers over 40 million people in approximately 40 large U.S. cities.

Sprint is betting on the 4G tech WiMAX.  Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have all pledged to support a rival technology -- LTE -- though only Verizon has begun to implement an LTE test network.  Sprint says it won't rule out developing an LTE network at some point, but for now thinks WiMAX is the superior tech. 

Sprint has finally got its act together and released a pair of 4G-capable phones.  Its HTC EVO 4Gwas the first 4G phone to hit.  Now the Epic 4G is offered as well, giving buyers yet another option.  And Sprint also offers a 4G ready USB modem and wireless hotspot, via a partnership with Sierra wireless.

T-Mobile, the fourth largest carrier in the U.S. is opting for a different approach.  Instead of a direct leap to a 4G tech like LTE, its rolling out a "3.5G" technology HSPA+ technology.  HSPA stands for High-Speed Packet Access, and HSPA+ combines the advances of HSDPA (faster packet downloads) and HSUPA (faster uploads).

The company claims HSPA+ offers "4G-like" speeds.  While some (namely AT&T) take issue with these claims, the tech is much faster than 3G and T-Mobile is rolling it out at a more rapid speed than Sprint or Verizon's 4G rollout.

Of course there's one minor problem -- the company currently has no HSPA+ phones.  The first to land will be the Android G2.

But for those with T-Mobile wireless modems, they can now get HSPA+ speeds in nine new cities -- Boston, MA; Erie, PA; Fresno, CA; Palm Springs, CA; San Diego, CA; Miami, FL; Richmond, VA; Spokane, WA; or Topeka, KS.

Neville Ray, chief network officer for T-Mobile USA comments, "Our new network offers today’s available 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country and we’re not done yet.  We are now on pace to more than double our HSPA+ footprint – reaching more than 200 million people by this year – with plans to offer 42Mbps theoretical speeds in 2011."

Its obvious there is demand for 3.5G and 4G technologies.  What's frustrating is that while Sprint, T-Mobile and others charge ahead with their deployment, there still are relatively few compatible handsets (or none in T-Mobile's case).



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By Hans Gruber on 9/2/2010 8:10:59 AM , Rating: 3
At&T's speed is a joke. In Seattle, they are at 1400kbps to 1500kbps. These speeds are throttled by their network routers so HSPA on AT&%T at 7.2kbps is an arbitrary number that can never be reached.

Just because Big Red is switching to LTE which means Long Term Evolution, doesn't really imply speed but LTE boasts max throughput up to 900-1000 mega bits which translates up to 100 megabytes per second theoretical max. I've heard rumors that LTE is evolving very slowly and Verizon as well as many other carriers around the world are struggling with the technology. Verizon's fail safe could be rolling out EVDO Rev. B which should give 8 mega bit downloads at best.

T-Mobile is the dark horse that everyone has forgotten about. HSPA is pushing 4-5 mega bits on Android while HSPA+ will be pushing 8-9 mega bit speeds. These are average speeds, not best case scenario speeds. HSPA is built into the existing towers and will have full coverage in every city.

Sprint, has not been given credit for their outstanding network and great call quality. Sprint is given credit for their world renowned awful customer service. Sprint is hurting growth potential by sticking it to their customers with a $10 4G BS charge. Many of you do not know that Sprint's CEO has publicly stated the 4G network cost much less to operate than their 3G EVDO network. Sprint certainly is showing pretty good speeds on their 4G network. However, without the $10 4G charge, Sprint would have added another 500,000 customers.

It really doesn't matter what the maximum throughput is of each data network. None of the networks come close to their theoretical max. This is because their network pipe is either not big enough or they are throttling data traffic.

My dark horse is T-Mobile, they were last to arrive with 3G and their network speeds will benefit from the newest technology.




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