Carrier Sprint 3G vs LTE for NYC Metro Area

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  1. pilot1226 macrumors 6502a

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    Eligible for an upgrade on September 1, perfect timing with launch of the new iPhone coming up.

    In my last post - http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1577445
    I asked about data speeds for the NYC area on Sprint. Sprint has in fact deployed 4G LTE around my area -http://sensorly.com/map/4G/US/USA/Sprint/lte_310sprint#q=New York - and while my 3G speeds have improved somewhat, they're still pretty slow.

    My question is for anyone in the surrounding area, what is your *SPRINT* 4G LTE data speed so I can compare it?
     
  2. iPhonemaster5S macrumors 6502

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    While I don't have sprint LTE,its stil LTE its going to be faster than 3G. I've read plenty of people here saying that they have gotten mid 20's (download) and high teens for upload.
     
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    I would really recommend at least looking at S4GRU.com. Definitely biased in a positive manner, but will get you a good understanding of speeds and your current market.

    http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/1901-network-visionlte-new-york-city-market/page-209?hl= new york
     
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    Well it's almost non existent in manhattan. In Brooklyn where I live I get around 11mbs average. It's faster then 3G but slow for lte. The problem is usually once you go indoors it switches back to 3G.
     
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    I guess we'll have to see what happens. 2 weeks and counting.
     
  7. ValerieDurden macrumors 6502a

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    I would hold off until we know if the 5s has tri-band capabilities, if it does you'll be able to pick up LTE 800 which has much better in-building penetration and travels a larger distance. It should be right up there with Verizon and AT&T as far as range and penetration goes. While LTE 1900 is great when you get it, it fails at in-building penetration and range. I routinely see speeds between 20-30Mbps when I am on LTE, 3G is around 1.5-2.5Mbps so with or without LTE I can do whatever I want without waiting. Another thing to look forward to is 1x 800 which is using the old Nextel frequency so talking and texting will greatly improve inside buildings and the range is much better than the 1xRTT 1900 we currently have. Then you also have 2600 LTE which will be using the WiMax frequency, obviously the in-building penetration and range are going to be worse than any of the others, but it offers a lot more slots if you will so the network won't be bogged down. Just a few things to think about. :)
     
  8. pilot1226 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sprint 3G vs LTE for NYC Metro Area

    Right but will Sprint actually support the said 900 band you're talking about or is that with other carriers?

    Leaving Sprint isn't really an option for several reasons.

    My typical 3G throughput is usually around 0.5-1 Mbps down and anywhere between 0.1-0.5 up. That's on my 4s following their network vision update in my area.
     
  9. ValerieDurden macrumors 6502a

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    The 800 band yes.
     
  10. pilot1226 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    800. Thanks. Is there a way to find out what frequencies the tower nearby is using?
     
  11. pilot1226 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay. Here's a follow up now that I have the 5S.

    Data speed is still dreadful. The good news is that at work I actually have LTE coverage. So I'm pushing between 3 and 5 megabits per second down. That's not nearly verizon speed but I will take it for now because my 3G speeds were about 0.75 Mbps on a good day.

    Home doesn't have LTE deployed yet. Fingers crossed.

    Again I am in a unique situation because I have wifi at home and work and almost everywhere I go.
     

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