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  1. elcheapodeluxe's Avatar
    I can say that for day to day use, I'd much rather have a 14.4 HSPA+ phone than an LTE phone. Almost nothing you do on the phone will utilize that extra LTE bandwidth and LTE is a real power hog right now. I mean a bona fide porker. My GF's ThunderBolt would last only a few hours on a charge when it was streaming Pandora on LTE. And the HSPA+ is still 4x the speed of 3G. The only place where I think a "true" LTE device would be preferable to HSPA+ today is when tethering to a laptop.

    Remember, even though the 9930 has HSPA+ hardware, you can't use it on GSM networks in North America due to the way it has been locked. The CDMA side of that phone is just plain Jane 3G. Therefore, an AT&T 9900 will operate up to 4x the speed of a Verizon 9930.
    01-02-12 07:04 PM
  2. Fnord's Avatar
    The Difference Between 4G LTE, 4G HSPA, and 4G WiMax

    You read the headlines, 4G to be great, Verizon using 4G LTE today, and you wonder, what is the real 4G and who has it. The answer is simple. There are 3 kinds of 4G (fourth generation network). LTE, HSPA and WiMax.

    As usual, the first companies to adopt, may have bragging rights, but there network is worse.

    Sprint was the first to have 4G, and they use WiMax. This is the worst kind of 4G out there. WiMax can only get about 4 to 5 Mega Bits per second.

    T-Mobile was the second to adopt 4G, and they use HSPA, which stands for High Speed Packet Access. This allows a user to get around 6 to 7 Mega Bits per second. Or enhanced HSPA (HSPA+) which is capable of speeds of up to 21 mega bits per second.

    Verizon and AT&T* were the last to update their network, but they use LTE. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and can reach around 14 Mega Bits download per second. In some big cites users will be able to reach as much as 21 Mega Bytes download per second. This is as fast as most peoples home wifi network.

    Even though Sprint says they were first in the game, and T-Mobile says they reach more people with there 4G, you want to go with either Verizon or AT&T*. The next generation of wireless (5G) will not come out for a while, maybe 5 years, so it is worth investing youre money in faster speed, not more access points.

    *AT&T may not have a tower out there, but a press release on 8-16-11 shows they are choosing 4G LTE.
    Good breakdown.
    Only issue is that you're confusing theoretical with actual speeds.

    Hspa+ actual is prob around 6mbps (theoretical is 21mbps). LTE comes in around 14mbps (theoretical being 100mbps).

    TELUS recently launched DC Hspa+ (Dual Channel Hspa+) which has actual speeds around 12 Mbps - which is very close to current LTE speeds (theoretical is around 42mbps).
    01-02-12 07:12 PM
  3. BDLIVE4463's Avatar
    The Difference Between 4G LTE, 4G HSPA, and 4G WiMax

    You read the headlines, 4G to be great, Verizon using 4G LTE today, and you wonder, what is the real 4G and who has it. The answer is simple. There are 3 kinds of 4G (fourth generation network). LTE, HSPA and WiMax.

    As usual, the first companies to adopt, may have bragging rights, but there network is worse.

    Sprint was the first to have 4G, and they use WiMax. This is the worst kind of 4G out there. WiMax can only get about 4 to 5 Mega Bits per second.

    T-Mobile was the second to adopt 4G, and they use HSPA, which stands for High Speed Packet Access. This allows a user to get around 6 to 7 Mega Bits per second. Or enhanced HSPA (HSPA+) which is capable of speeds of up to 21 mega bits per second.

    Verizon and AT&T* were the last to update their network, but they use LTE. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and can reach around 14 Mega Bits download per second. In some big cites users will be able to reach as much as 21 Mega Bytes download per second. This is as fast as most peoples home wifi network.

    Even though Sprint says they were first in the game, and T-Mobile says they reach more people with there 4G, you want to go with either Verizon or AT&T*. The next generation of wireless (5G) will not come out for a while, maybe 5 years, so it is worth investing you’re money in faster speed, not more access points.

    *AT&T may not have a tower out there, but a press release on 8-16-11 shows they are choosing 4G LTE.
    This. BUT AT&T is guilty of confusing consumers in this regard. They market a lot of their phones (the 9900 included) as 4G phones, however they are HSPA+. While this is still technically 4G, their real 4G network will be LTE. Just be aware that AT&T is rocking a double standard here. My AT&T 9900 says 4G in the top bar, but it's really just fast 3G. To be technically correct, it should report the signal as H+ as my Android phone does.
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