HSPA+ vs. 4G

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

AppleGirl’s response to my T-mobile myTouch 4G inspired this blog 🙂

AppleGirl thinks that T-mobile is foolish and didn’t do their research. Again, do you think a major corporation would brand their  network as 4G without doing their research? Technically, T-mobile’s HSPA+ network is really 3.5G. However, phonescoop did a comparison of T-mobile’s HSPA+ network and compared it to Sprinit’s WiMAX and the two are comparable(see the graph below).

Honestly, AppleGirl should be happy that HSPA+ speeds are so good because it’s rumored that Apple will not adapt to LTE (4G) technology until sometime in 2012.  However, according to gigaom AT&T may not purse HSPA+ and deploy LTE directly. If that is true, does that mean the iPhone will have slower speeds as compared to the myTouch 4G :)?

AppleGirl, How’s the best of both worlds looking now? Maybe you should stick to your FaceTime over WiFi 🙂

Source: phonescoop, gigaom

 

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

GoogleChic, I was calling T-Mobile bullish for comparing Qik with Facetime. If they didn’t have their brains wrapped around the buzz words (FaceTime, 4G, high speed) and were smart enough, they would have compared the same video chat software on the two networks!

Now that you have raised the HSPA+ vs 4G talk, I think T-Mobile is writing rules to its favor, and so are all the other carriers. The network may be quite fast, but it’s the ITU who decides what a 4G network is. And ITU’s definitions for a true 4G technology are LTE –Advanced (Release 10) and 802.16m or Wi-Max Release 2. And when we say 4G we are talking downlink rates of 100 Mbps (not the meager theoretical 29Mbps that T-Mobile is bragging about) That said, I think AT&T, Verizon (who are pushing to LTE) and Sprint (already on Wi-Max but not on Release 2) are closer to the ubiquitous superfast 4G network than T-Mobile is.

At the end of the day, all you should really care about is if you can get those speeds where you live, work and hang out and not if T-Mobile is giving you an extra 200 Kbps speed (compared to Sprint)! So if I were you, I would first check if your  area is covered with HSPA+ network. If T-Mobile says that it plans to cover your area after a year,  then the purpose is lost.

GoogleChic, here’s a picture of a rumored LTE iPhone. Imagine FaceTime on Wi-fi, except that I don’t have to be on Wi-fi 😉


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