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4G Comparison | 2011 Review

Mobile Broadband Reviews.com 4G 2011 Mobile Broadband Comparison www.mobile-broadband-reviews.com As of 2011, every major carrier sells service marketed as 4G mobile broadband. All 4G However, with a minimum of 3 underlying technologies (HSPA+, LTE & WIMAX) all being called 4G in the United States, it's no surprise to find that each technology, let alone their providers, are not Technologies Were Not Created ated equal. Equal Use this comparison to see the differences between the major providers' 4G plans, speed, technology, coverage and devices to see which is best for you. TESTING DOWNLOAD SPEED. WIMAX LTE HSPA+ T- -Mobile-.. CLEAR Sprint verizon at&t Possible Possible Possible Future Speeds Future Speeds Future Speeds* 1024 Mbps 1024 Mbps 672 Mbps Downloading (fixed WIMAX) Downloading (LTE Advanced) Downloading (Advanced Antenna Techniques) While impressive, you'll won't see these theoretical maximum speeds. For people like you and I living in the real world, speeds are especially slower when networks become 'loaded' with other users and suffer from natural (read: environmental) interference. As you'll see below, each technology as provided by major carriers are nowhere near their full potential. *AT&T & T-Mobile both have plans to launch LTE networks. What's Available Now 4G Speeds | Real Vs. Advertised Down 2.45 Mbps | Tested Up 1 Mbps | Tested at&t Down 6 Mbps | Advertised Up ? Mbps | Not Advertised Down 2.15 Mbps | Tested* Up 0.61 Mbps | Tested* CLEAR Down 3-6 Mbps | Advertised Up Up to 1 Mbps | Advertised Down 2.15 Mbps | Tested Up 0.61 Mbps | Tested Sprint Down 3-6 Mbps | Advertised Up Up to 1 Mbps | Advertised Down 2.83 Mbps | Tested Up T. Mobile... 0.85 Mbps | Tested Down 21 Mbps | Advertised Up 5.7 Mbps | Advertised Down 6.44 Mbps | Tested Up 5 Mbps | Tested verizon Down 5-12 Mbps | Advertised Up 2-5 Mbps | Advertised *Since Clear & Sprint share the same underlying network, speed tests conducted for Sprint were used for Clear's tested speeds. 4G Coverage Sprint T. Mobile... verizon at&t CLEAR 82 82 100 45 11 Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Plus Plus Plus Plus Plus 29360 3524 14329 WIFI Hotspots WiFi Hotspots WiFi Hotspots WiFi Hotspots WiFi Hotspots With WiFi Hotspots, you can access speeds comparable to 4G while saving your the allotted data in your 4G plan for a rainy day. 4G Plans: What You Can Get Since no carrier provides nationwide 4G coverage, there's a pretty good chance you'll be using 3G at some point especially if you travel. As such, most 4G plans usually include 3G data. What differs from carrier to carrier are the stipulations of using 3G/4G data. For AT&T & Verizon, it doesn't matter whether you use 3G or 4G. Once you reach the allotted data cap, you'll start paying for extra data. Clear & Sprint, however, provide unlimited data when using 4G but cap their 3G service and charge high fees for overages. T-Mobile strikes a middle ground through a 'soft cap' where speeds are throttled (decreased) in favor of extra fees after exceeding your monthly data plan. $50 5 GB | 3G/4G | $10 per extra GB at&t $55 Unlimited 4G 1 5 GB of 3G | $51.20 per extra GB CLEAR $60 Unlimited 4G 1 5 GB of 3G | $51.20 per extra GB Sprint $85 10 GB 1 3G/4G | No overages but speed throttled T. Mobile. .. $50 5 GB | 3G/4G | No overages but speed throttled $80 10 GB 1 3G/4G | $10 per extra GB verizon $50 5 GB | 3G/4G | $10 per extra GB 4G Plans: What You'll Pay Sprint T. Mobile. · . verizon at&t CLEAR $85 $80 $60 $55 $50 $50 $50 4G Devices Broadband Mobile Tablets Total Cards Hotspots 2 1 5 atat at&t 3 1 4 CLEAR Sprint 3 = 6 T- -Mobile. . 2 %3D verizon Sources: Brought To You By: http://att.com/wireless http://www.att.com/gen/general?wtSlotClick=1-005D6Y-0-1&pid=13540 http://www.clear.com/ http://www.t-mobile.com/ http://t-mobile-coverage.t-mobile.com/ https://selfcare.hotspot.t-mobile.com/locations/viewLocationMap.do http://www.verizonwireless.com http://vzw.jiwire.com/ http://network4g.verizonwireless.com/ http://news.vzw.com/news/2011/03/pr2011-03-21a.html http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/verizon-wireless-launches-six-new-4g-Ite-markets-today-120375244.html http://www.verizonbusiness.com/about/network/remoteaccesspoints/hotspots/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_wireless_data_standards http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HSPA%2B http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.16m http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WIMAX http://www.qualcomm.com/documents/lte-advanced-global-4g-solution http://www.pcworld.com/article/221931/4g_wireless_speed_tests_which_is_really_the_fastest.html Mobile Broadband Reviews.com Uncomplicating Mobile Internet www.mobile-broadband-reviews.com All Data Compiled As Of April 21, 2011. Information Subject To Change Max Download | 128 Mbps sdqw 99 | ppojdn Max Download | 100 Mbps Upload | 50 Mbps Max Download | 84 Mbps Upload | 22 Mbps

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