4G should it really be 3.5G
Djsmurf
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Not trying to make verison look bad, do love them, however calming 4G networking when its not really 4G why don't they change it?

 

Now Sprints WiMax, T-Mobiles HSPA, and AT&Ts and Verizons LTE. all of them are claiming that these are 4G networks, they are faster the the current 3G networks but not exactly 4G.

 

To be considered 4G, a network technology has to meet a set of specs known as IMT-Advanced, and the word out is "There are no IMT-Advanced—or 4G—systems available or deployed at this stage."

 

At the end of the day what they call it really does not matter, but on the technical side of things no provider has a 4G network.  Confusing? Misleading? then again its all just "marketing". right? Why try to define it?  Well because there was a standard and defination for 3G why is/or should 4G not have a standard and defination.

 

I do think Verizon will beat Sprint, T-mobile, and AT&T to the but none of them are there yet.

 

I guess I just find it sad that the wireless generation will have their marketing catch phrases that are used to express their leadership in certain technologies whether they meet the pure definition of the base standard or not.

 

I have seen this twisted and argued in all different directions, just though I would see what everyone here thought.  Do everyone a favor if you don't care don't reply, just looking for others opinons on this.

 

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crimedoggies
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Djsmurf wrote:

Not trying to make verison look bad, do love them, however calming 4G networking when its not really 4G why don't they change it?

 

Now Sprints WiMax, T-Mobiles HSPA, and AT&Ts and Verizons LTE. all of them are claiming that these are 4G networks, they are faster the the current 3G networks but not exactly 4G.

 

To be considered 4G, a network technology has to meet a set of specs known as IMT-Advanced, and the word out is "There are no IMT-Advanced—or 4G—systems available or deployed at this stage."

 

At the end of the day what they call it really does not matter, but on the technical side of things no provider has a 4G network.  Confusing? Misleading? then again its all just "marketing". right? Why try to define it?  Well because there was a standard and defination for 3G why is/or should 4G not have a standard and defination.

 

I do think Verizon will beat Sprint, T-mobile, and AT&T to the but none of them are there yet.

 

I guess I just find it sad that the wireless generation will have their marketing catch phrases that are used to express their leadership in certain technologies whether they meet the pure definition of the base standard or not.

 

I have seen this twisted and argued in all different directions, just though I would see what everyone here thought.  Do everyone a favor if you don't care don't reply, just looking for others opinons on this.

 


You are correct that as it stands right now, what is being called 4G truly isn't by global standards.  That being said, here in the U.S. the monikers of 3G, 4G etc have been used to stand for generation.  For those that actually follow the global standard it can seem like a big fat lie to call LTE 4G when in reality it isn't yet.  The truth is that while LTE does not meet the 4G standard as of yet, the technology is capable of meeting the requirements.  This gives Verizon a little bit of wiggle room in calling it 4G.  As far as WiMax, I am of the understanding that it can't meet global 4G standards no matter how much they try.  As for HSPA+, T-Mobile might actually have it running faster than LTE right out of the gate, but quickly will lose the speed race.

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jrsanz1
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mmm

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steveanderson13
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Djsmurf wrote:

Not trying to make verison look bad, do love them, however calming 4G networking when its not really 4G why don't they change it?

 

I guess I just find it sad that the wireless generation will have their marketing catch phrases that are used to express their leadership in certain technologies whether they meet the pure definition of the base standard or not.

 

I have seen this twisted and argued in all different directions, just though I would see what everyone here thought.  Do everyone a favor if you don't care don't reply, just looking for others opinons on this.

 


You are right--I felt the same way when it started but have changed my mind for several reasons.  First, LTE is not 4g but will be several times faster which is sufficient to deserve a distinction and 3.5g is not very catchy and second, LTE-Advanced will be 4g.

 

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