Originally Posted by rnoldh
So are you saying that for the beginning of the "4G era", it might be better to stick with 3G.
I'm saying that real, blanket coverage 4G with the stability and reliability currently available from 3G networks is a way off.
Would hardware have the ability to switch between 3G and 4G the way we can now do it with 3G and Edge.
Yes. But if you are using a phone that is on a 4G network 20% (or less) of the time and a 3G network 60% (or more) of the time, is it worth getting excited over? Especially considering that when you ARE connected to a 4G network, your download speeds will likely not be noticeably faster for most legacy phones, because they just can't handle the bandwidth.
Verizon today expanded on some of the actual results for its expected 4G network. After testing in the Boston and Seattle areas, the provider estimates that a real connection on a populated network should average between 5Mbps to 12Mbps in download rates and between 2Mbps to 5Mbps for uploads.
Actual, achievable peak speeds in these areas float between 40-50Mbps downstream and 20-25Mbps upstream.
These numbers, while still marginally better than what is currently available, are not the 100Mbps that everyone is getting excited about. And these are based on Verizon's stupid benchmark estimates that only 15 percent of it's customers are using smartphones. I have a feeling that they are going to be caught flat footed when it comes time to unleash this thing and within the span of a week, 20 million people are clogging it.
I guess we'll see.