Verison's 3G to new 4G LTE transistions is having a slightly hard
time lately....Post By Yon Harry, Sprint and ATT Business Platform, LLC, Omaha NE.
Verizon's LTE network
is reportedly having issues with what's meant to be a seamless transition between its 4G and 3G footprints.
Wireless is reportedly at work on some kinks in the LTE (Long-Term Evolution) 4G network that it launched Dec 4th.
Several media sites have reported
a problem with the handoff between Verizon's 3G and 4G networks, and Verizon spokesperson Jeffrey Nelson confirmed to PCMag
that users with Verizon's new 4G modems "could experience delays of up to two minutes when switching between 3G coverage
and Verizon's LTE network."
to Business Insider's Matt Rosoff, it's sometimes necessary to unplug and reconnect the USB modem to make the switch back
from 3G to LTE.
Verizon introduced two 4G USB
modems with its LTE service, the Pantech UML290 and the LG Electronics VL600. Whether the issue affects both equally is as
A Verizon Wireless spokesperson
didn't respond to a request for comment.
On the upside,
the network is said to be wonderfully fast.
early details about the launch during a Dec. 1 conference call with the media, Verizon Chief Technology Officer Tony Melone
said the network will offer speeds 10 times that of Verizon's 3G network.
That type of speed, he explained, translates to the ability to download 20 photos in 60
Indeed, Rosoff has described his
LTE experience so far as having a "profound effect" on how he works, and he compared the difference to his life
before and after his first iPhone.
Difference Between 4G and 4G LTE
On the topic of mobile networks — what is the difference between 4G and 4G
Both 4G and 4G
LTE refer to networking standards that are starting to replace the older 3G data networks used by wireless carriers, but they
all use different technology. For those pondering the abbreviations, “3G” stands for Third Generation, “4G”
stands for Fourth Generation and “4G LTE” stands for Fourth Generation, Long Term Evolution.
4G LTE is the most advanced in terms
of speed. The general claim is that 4G LTE networks can download data at speeds between 5 and 12 megabits per second —
enough for smooth streaming for live video and better response times for online multiplayer games. (Data-transfer speeds from
the network to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets vary due to factors like the carrier and coverage area.)
comparison, the realistic download speeds for 4G networks can range anywhere from 3 to 8 megabits per second, depending on
congestion, the wireless carrier and the specific technology the company has used for its data network. The older 3G networks
can typically download data around 800 to 950 kilobits per second.
While 4G LTE speeds are impressive,
there is a downside. 4G LTE networks are still under construction in many places and coverage is not available all over the
Of the four major U.S. wireless carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless — Verizon
claims to have the largest 4G LTE network in the country, while AT&T says it has the largest 4G network; T-Mobile has
made the same 4G claim. The Web sites for all the main carriers have coverage maps for the various parts of their cellular
data networks, which you can check to see what service is available in your area.
Verizon's LTE launch lit up 38 cities and 60
commercial airports, but the effort, said Melone, is "just the beginning," with Verizon planning to cover its entire
3G footprint by 2013.
"This is a big deal," Melone said during the call, adding that just as Android
adoption took off once Verizon got behind the OS, he expects the same will happen with LTE. "Verizon will really make
the difference and kick-start the next generation of mobile broadband," he said.
Verizon competitor Sprint
was the first major U.S. carrier to launch a 4G network, via WiMax provider Clearwire.
somewhat surprisingly—T-Mobile launched an ad campaign around its "4G" network, despite the offering being
based on HSPA+, a technology that it had earlier nicknamed 3.5G.
AT&T, the second largest network, is also planning an LTE-based 4G network, but is first working to complete
a transition to HSPA+.
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In a December report on the
future of 4G, research firm Yankee Group applauded such positions, predicting that the "winners" in the 4G market
will be those "able to align 4G investments with pragmatic adoption forecasts—unlike what happened with 3G."
The "losers," added Yankee Group, will be
those that "expect 4G to change the world—and drive their business growth—within the next one to two years."
The report additionally forecast a slow build in 4G
adoption rates, with—despite carriers' marketing efforts—less than 25 percent of North American consumers understanding
what 4G means by the end of 2011. In 2012, however, 4G awareness is expected to exceed 50 percent, with adoption rates exceeding
20 percent in the United States by 2014.
Ok, we all know that AT&T is referring to their current network as a 4G network, but we also know how the semantics
played into that whole equation. So, how is the “real” 4G network from AT&T going to stack up? According to
a quick Speedtest on the new LTE network, it’s pretty darn fast… probably faster than many of your home connections.
The video embedded
here shows an HTC Jetstream tablet connected to the newfangled AT&T 4G LTE network. It then runs the usual test at Speedtest.net,
yielding an impressive
22Mbps download speed.
The upload wasn’t as impressive at 6Mbps, but that’s still very fast. Here in Vancouver, while I get 15Mbps down
on my lower to mid-range cable Internet line, my upload is 1Mbps at best. So, yes, LTE beats me.
That’s the good news. The bad
news is that LTE is only available in four cities right now: Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston. The other bit is that
there are no unlimited LTE plans that I know of, so the faster speeds will only make you hit your bandwidth cap faster (and
incur those overage charges more quickly). More Cloud "talk" that means not too much
got the chance to test T-Mobile's newest, fastest phone, the Galaxy S 4G, and decided to see how fast some other top 4G-labeled
phones were. It turns out, not all 4G is equal.
AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have 4G phones on the market, and Verizon Wireless is launching
a bunch this year too. But the "4G" term doesn't denote any particular technology or performance level. All will
have different performance — it's really just a marketing push.
So at this very early stage, we decided to learn what we could.
In addition to the T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G, we grabbed T-Mobile's myTouch 4G, Sprint's HTC Evo Shift 4G and AT&T's HTC Inspire
4G. As a yardstick, we we also tested the best selling phone in the U.S., the AT&T iPhone
4, which runs on a 3G network.
It may shock you to discover that the phones themselves have different speed ratings, but that's precisely the point:
They're all emblazoned with the same "4G" nonsense, all the while they aren't even capable of delivering
the same download speeds, not even the same orders of magnitude. (Upload speeds are kept much lower, on purpose.)
If you dig into
carrier websites, you'll learn that Sprint and AT&T currently promise download speeds of up to 6 megabits per second.
T-Mobile marketing is more aggressive: The myTouch 4G
has a "theoretical" peak of 14.4 Mbps, and the Galaxy S 4G peaks at 21 Mbps, at least on paper.
Verizon is a wild card — when
I tested its 4G LTE network using a laptop, I got a cable-modem-busting 33 Mbps, but that's not likely to ever be repeated,
especially on a phone. Verizon's party line is "5 to 12 Mbps," but since Big Red currently has no 4G phone on the
market, or even one available to test, they're not shown here.
The fastest and best way to test a phone's network performance is to run the Speedtest.net app. It's available free for iPhone and Android through their app stores, and uses a network of local servers to
guarantee that the tests reflect the phone's connectivity, and not other factors. Though our video was shot in one location
where all the phones consistently more than half of their bars, we continued to test the phones through the day, looking for
a collection of peak speeds.
After all, ours was not a test of a network's reliability or consistency. It was
a test of pure download speed — the more extreme the better.
I want to stress
that this isn't a scientific test. Network performance can be affected by time of day, distance from towers and number of
users in a given area, not to mention factors way beyond your control, such as the ability of the carrier to ferry its users'
data to and from the Internet.
This is, however,
a summary of typical real-world experiences. If you buy any of these phones, you might do better, but you should not expect
more, at least in the short term, before carriers can build out their networks.
you can see from the chart, results consistently favored T-Mobile, despite similarly decent network coverage by AT&T and
Results of our smart phone download speed test, showing that the T-Mobile
Galaxy S 4G really is faster than its sibling, the myTouch 4G, and — at least within our real-world testing enviroment
— handily beat other leading 4G phones. It's important to check a phone's performance in your area, preferably before
you buy it.
Only one phone delivered anything you could really call "extreme." The Galaxy S 4G topped 10 megabits per
second in a few separate tests, and scored a peak average of nearly 8 Mbps. T-Mo's other model, the myTouch 4G, did pretty
well too, handily beating competitors.
The iPhone 4
was never intended to come out on top; in fact, as a 3G phone, it would have been weird if it had finished anywhere but in
last place. (The Verizon iPhone 4 is not any faster, in case you were wondering. Verizon's 3G network is, for technical reasons,
slower than AT&T's.)
Despite losing, the iPhone did manage to shame the Sprint and AT&T 4G phones, which only managed to outperform
it by a smidgen. It was sad that neither phone ever came near touching the 6 Mbps ceiling promised "in limited areas"
by the carriers. After all, the phones themselves clearly indicated that we had 4G coverage.
The purpose of this is not to tell you which phone to buy, though that Galaxy S 4G is
looking pretty awesome. No, the point is to make sure you don't get sucked in by the 4G sales pitch without some hard numbers.
Results vary from square foot to square foot, so go into the store, and demand a Speed Test reading.....
When you buy
the phone, within your two-week buyer's remorse period, go everywhere and run as many tests as you can. If you're not seeing
speeds that justify the cost of your shiny new handset, take it back.
Carriers can't work magic — radio-based technologies always have weaknesses, and some carriers just happen
to work better than others at any given spot on the map. But if they're promoting 4G as twice as fast, four times as fast,
even 10 times as fast, you should hold them to it, and not just take their smiley salesman word for it....