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Question: Now that Sprint's 4G is finally coming to New York City, I was thinking of getting a 4G phone. Are the speeds really that good? Should I get a WiMax phone from Sprint, or will I regret it if LTE becomes the new standard? -- Michael, via e-mail
In general terms, yes,, at least where Sprint is concerned. Sprint's 4G WiMax can offer speeds of up to 10Mbps down, though real-world speeds average out to around 3Mbps to 6Mbps. This is far faster than Sprint's EV-DO, which tops out at around 3Mbps.
As for whether it's faster than 3G in general, at this point, it's about on par with T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, which is still technically 3G technology. However, WiMax and LTE have the capacity for much faster speeds--up to 40Mbps or more. These are early days for 4G, so we expect speeds to improve as carriers grow their infrastructure. As for whether you should place your bets on WiMax or LTE, you shouldn't fret. Sprint has already mentioned thatwithout too many headaches. In our opinion though, it does seem like LTE will be the more globally accepted standard, as both Verizon and AT&T have come out in support of it.
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Luckily for you, CNET has recently done a Prizefight between these two phones, so you can see what our panel of judges think is the best handset overall. Personally, I think the Evo 4G wins out when it comes to movie watching, due to the size of the screen and a handy kickstand on the back. As for audio quality, I think the Evo 4G sounds just a touch nicer than the Epic 4G, but most people seem to think they're around the same. We found both phones to have quite good performance as well.
Right now I am using an
I am thinking about purchasing a refurbished
I'm sorry to hear about all your problems with the LG enV Touch; hopefully Verizon will release an update that improves it. As for whether you can transfer your line to that new phone, yes you can, but you have to contact Verizon to have them transfer the line over. And since you're informing Verizon of the new phone, they'll likely want you to sign up for a data plan as you would be using a smartphone. I don't believe there's any way around it, but if any of our readers have advice to offer Jonathan, let us know in the comments.