02/09/2011, 02:56 PM
I'm very impressed...keep in mind that I still have a Centro on V, (my contract ran out last Oct). I will be getting a Pre 3 when they for up for sale!
Points to ponder
...for those of you who are complaining about the lack of 4G...keep this in mind,....the vast majority of the country doesn't have 4G service and you are still being charged for it....all you will be paying for is bragging rights...with the economy as it is, I'd rather spend my $ on an actual product or service.
(Please see the article I have posted below, the link is listed with a news video as well).
I will be happy to have a 4G phone when the system is up and running all over the place....
However, in the Orlando FL area, there was a big expose on it the other day...rigjht now the phone cell providers are hosing the public....charging for vapor service...
I don't want 4G in name only...I am willing to pay for it if it is available...however, why should I HAVE to pay for 4G service, b/c my phone is capable of it, but not in my area???????
Frankly, I will glad wait for 4G service to arrive in my area and then get a 4G phone..otherwise you are paying $120 a year per phone for 4G pricing for 3G service......(so many cell contracts are 2 years, so that is $240 that you are flushing down the toilet, for frankly nothing more than lip service from the cell providers).
4G: Myth Vs. Reality
New Standard For Speed Not Actually A Standard
POSTED: Monday, February 7, 2011
UPDATED: 8:19 am EST February 8, 2011
4G: Myth Vs. Reality - Technology News Story - WKMG Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. -- In an informal survey conducted by Local 6 about wireless carriers and network speed, few consumers could truly define what the wireless industry today is calling 4G. The ubiquitous TV commercials tout it as the latest, fastest technology available for smartphones. Every carrier has its version of 4G. The key word is "version" because, according to Local 6 research, no carrier actually meets the standard set by the International Telecommunication Union for 4G technology.
VIDEO: Cell Service Test
3G (the current network speed with uniform standards) and 4G refer to how fast a cellular device can move information (i.e. browsing the Internet, downloading or uploading e-mail attachments, photos, and videos). The wireless industry is selling consumers on the idea that a 4G network will perform faster than the 3G network that is widely used today. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which sets the standard for the industry, officially set the criteria for 4G speed at 100 megabits per second. The ITU recognized only two candidate technologies, LTE-Advanced and WirelessMAN-Advanced that, according to specs, can reach those speeds.
Currently, those technologies exist as specs only. Neither technology has been fully developed and applied. Consequently, no wireless carrier today is operating at 4G speeds as defined by the ITU.
So, why are most, if not all, wireless carriers saying they offer 4G?
According to Perry LaForge, Executive Director of CDMA Development Group, a company that helped set up the global 3G network, the ITU came under pressure from the wireless industry to water down the standards. In fact, a month after the ITU defined 4G as 100 megabits per second, it announced that 3G networks with a "substantial level of improvement" could also be called 4G. "People are calling everything 4G at this point," LaForge said. "The ITU did make it significantly nebulous by saying we will allow other 3G technologies that show improvement."
That may explain why carriers are blasting the airwaves with all those commercials promising the fastest 4G network. The truth is actually in the fine print. The fine print reveals to consumers exactly how each carrier defines 4G now since LTE-Advanced and WirelessMAN-Advanced are not available. In reality, consumers would have to buy a new phone now to use what the industry is calling 4G and then another phone when real 4G is achieved. "This stuff is just more of a matter of marketing gone haywire," LaForge said.
LaForge told Local 6 that a true 4G, 100 megabit per second data speed, should be available within a three-to-four-year time frame. In the meantime, LaForge said consumers who are shopping for faster data rates should make sure there is actual coverage in their areas for the so-called 4G being offered by their providers. Consumers should also check that their devices can connect to the 4G network, as coverage is not consistent throughout North America.
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