reply to mwebb1984
Re: Only 20% coverage to start with The coverage maps show the end target state of LTE rollout, not the current rollout state. San Antonio could be more complete though.
LTE will get better coverage than WiMAX since LTE is on the same band as voice. After rollout is complete, if you get a voice signal, you'll get LTE - not the case with WiMAX. LTE latency is also a lot better than WiMAX.
Good to know, their website seems to give the impression that's the current state not the end state... what use is the end state when looking if you're covered at your house/etc?
I'm not sure I see a large latency difference but maybe the towers I connect to are far away or they have them routed strangely? I see 90ms/100ms now on LTE from speedtest.net app on the SIII (and have seen higher/lower) and I'm in the city/probably less than a mile from a tower. On wimax I think I was usually at 110 or so from 5mi+ from the tower where my fixed modem is at, and saw both higher and lower from my Evo. My fixed modem with Clear Wimax routes me through WA with most websites like speedtest.net, and I'm guessing Netflix/etc, (because the IP range/location is linked to there) and was always under 110ms unless there were bad network problems.
The 5Mbps upload IS nicer than ever was on wimax, and if they can maintain that will make using dropbox/uploading photos/videos much more useable... Now if only there were an easy workaround to prevent the horrible compression to a tiny fraction of the MMS size limit if you send an MMS with a photo.
·Verizon Online DSL
Workaround: use e-mail
Seriously though, my guess is that Sprint's LTE coverage will match their map in San Antonio in a week or two.
As for latency, check which speed test server you're using. I'd try testing to SoftLayer in Dallas rather than the default, since not a lot of networks in central TX are directly connected to SprintLink.
Yes the problem with email is OTHER people dont use email on their phones but MMS/texts rather than attaching photos to email. (at least in my experience)
I tried some various alternate servers... the Softlayer Dallas was the same. But, Houston/Comcast reported 50ms/58ms/49ms but curiously with lower throughput (limited by the server I assume)--> all these tests were with 3/4 of 6 "4g bars" signal quality; -100dBm 39-41 asu.
ok, I can confirm firsthand seeing lower latency in tests in SA (50ms!) than the wimax.
The additional tests pushed the speedtest.net mobile data since saturday to 1.3GB...
·Verizon Online DSL
Heh, lots and lots of mobile data usage
Then again, I'll be surfing up a storm come Wednesday, when I touch down in Fort Worth. I'll be away from WiFi (unless it's of my own making) until Sunday, so my phone, iPad and T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 will be getting a workout.