Originally Posted by sniper1087
Dude, calm down. This is not a debate about Gs...
It's a debate about SPEED. 7mbps - 12mbps for $45 per month can be whatever G it wants to be on my freakin' Jelly Bean 4.1 Samsung Galaxy Nexus. No one cares if it's "LTE" or not. It's about SPEED.
Think about it, this is what you are saying:
"I'm sorry, sir. The results of your speed test do not count, as you not holding an LTE phone."
Straight Talk BYOD (with an HSPA+ phone) matches or beats Metros slow LTE speed, and it sure beats Metros phone choice (since you bring whatever sim card phone you want to the party).
1 mbps LTE is always going to lose to 10 mbps HPSA+. You know why? Because right now, all that is going over LTE is DATA. And in a data speed contest, 1 mbps is going to lose to 10 mbps. Doesn't matter if it's HSPA+, Wi-Max, or LTE. Data speed is ALL that counts right now.
DATA, DATA, DATA... no voice calls.
Only data goes over LTE, especially on Metro. No voice. There's no VoLTE yet. Sure Metro PROMISED us VoLTE roll out back early 2011, and then again early 2012, and then.... but like most promises MetroPCS never delivered. They can't do VoLTE right now. There's too many technical problems with handoffs. So, VoLTE is on the shelf until they decide to trot it back out again in another empty promise.
Until then, if VoLTE ever materializes on MetroPCS, all phone calls go over CDMA. NOT "4G". So, the ONLY thing being transferred over Metro's LTE is DATA.
Say it with me -- "DATA". Come on, mouth the words: "data".
And you know what wins in transferrring data? SPEED.
Therefore, 1 mbps LTE is always going to lose to 10 mbps HPSA+. Because 10 mbps is FASTER than 1 mbps.
I'm not saying Metro's LTE is always 1mbps. I get faster here and there. Today, doing a speed test on Metro, I got 4 mbps.
What I am saying is there's no "religion" benefits to the type of network, if all that's being transferred is DATA. Using LTE won't get you to heaven, and HSPA+ won't send you to hell. But HSPA+ compared to Metro's LTE, will get you to where you are going a little faster.
At this point in time, use whatever technology will get you data faster.
The only reason LTE is "winning" among carriers is because it has the potential to get to 100mbps, true 4G speeds. However, MetroPCS will never get those speeds. Verizon and AT&T will. Metro doesn't have enough spectrum and bandwidth to push those speeds and they're not even trying to get any. So, Metro's LTE speed is not any faster, and is sometimes slower than HSPA+ to use when TRANSFERRING DATA.
THEREFORE Metro's LTE at this point in time is NOT better than Straight Talk's "AT&T" and "T-Mobile" HSPA+ offerings. You can get (equal or) MORE speed and BETTER phones (much better!) with Straight Talk BYOD.
Here's SPEED TEST on iPhone 4S on ST AT&T BYOD:
$45 per month. Beat that, Jack. Not just the speed, but the phone.
Sent from my LTE LG Esteem (LG MS910)
Last edited by ChazzMatt; 07-10-2012 at 10:34 PM.
Your creed may be interesting, but your deeds are much more convincing.