To new Sprint customers...
I am speaking to people who just switched from ATT or Verizon for Sprints unlimited data. We never said Sprint had the fastest network, but we dix say it is dependable. Need to make a call? Go ahead, it will work. With all the new activations not once did someone have to wait thirty minutes or longer to activate a phone -- on ATT most people did. Sprint is known for being dependable not fast. Granted, some speeds are extremely slow -- could be a lot of different reasons. I generally get around 800KBPS to 1KBPS. That's fast enough for me. Of course I am on HTC Arrive but your iPhone should he getting similar speeds. Of its not call Sprint and see if they can pin point why.
Hopefully Sprint will be able to improve speeds with this in flux of customers but guys ... Choose what you want. Ability to use your phone when you want and how you want ... Or get faster speeds and have dropped calls and be limited in what you can do.
And I wish you all luck and hope you enjoy Sprint!
- 10-16-2011, 12:49 AM #2
I have Sprint and I'm happy with my service. Yet, I wouldn't go poking sleeping bears. I've had both AT&T and Verizon as carriers and they worked great as well. The area in which you live factors into how service works most often than not and seeing as how Apple now offers the iPhone on the three major carriers I'd imagine people will choose the one that best suits their area.
- 10-16-2011, 01:01 AM #4
I'm with you. I think Sprint gets bashed just because they've fallen behind due to lackluster equipment until now. I mean, I had the EVO which WAS their premier phone and it pails in comparison to what they currently have. I think with Sprint it's all about mistaken perception. I believe their service is definitely on par with AT&T and not far behind VZW.
- 10-16-2011, 02:15 AM #5
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- 10-16-2011, 09:27 AM #7
I've had sprint since they bought Nextel. I love their service here in Miami. I have a family plan with 2 blackberrys and now 1 iPhone 4S. I'm satisfied with 3G speeds...when im not home I'm at my office...both my blackberry 9930 and iPhone4S always connected to wifi at home and office...so I don't worry about 3G speeds.
- 10-16-2011, 01:46 PM #8
Sorry, but I have to strongly disagree with your statement. Sprint is far from reliable, I never know if I will be able to use my service and if I can how long it will last. Some people recieve great service but it doesn't mean they are reliable as a whole.
- 10-16-2011, 04:55 PM #10
Sprint is not reliable in my area, despite their coverage map saying my area has 'best' coverage. Everyone I know who has tried sprint, including myself, have either moved on to another carrier or had to get one of those network extender boxes so they can make and receive phone calls in their homes. I do agree that your mileage may vary depending on where you live, but don't believe Sprint's coverage map for a second.
I can see that. Sprint uses high frequency which means techniqelly their map would be extended farther then it should. One reason why their 4G LTE will be very good working with LightSquared. They use a lower frequency and will use Sprint towers which means the signal will double up in a lot of spots.
- 10-16-2011, 06:03 PM #12
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- 10-17-2011, 01:20 AM #13iPhone Newbie
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- 10-17-2011, 10:18 AM #15
Sprint must be reliable enough if you just upgraded to Sprint iPhone as opposed to getting a Verizon or ATT iPhone, right?
I dont understand these "My Carrier is better than your Carrier" wars that go on in ever forum.....Who cares use what's best for you....You guys are using Sprint so obviously that's what's working for you.
- 10-17-2011, 10:30 AM #16
I've been with sprint for years now. I travel all over the country, and for the most part sprint works great. When I was in Wisconsin and Nevada I had some bad service but when I come back to Oklahoma my service is great. All carriers drop calls, have slow speeds etc. Sprint isn't all that bad tho. I also have at&t (used for work) and their service sucks! I'm always dropping calls, can barley get on the Internet without wifi. And customer service is garbage! I'll probably be with sprint til the end
Again, I also said I know depending on where you live you may not get good service. But don't think for one moment I stay in one spot and say Sprint has been dependable. Because thats not the case.
A Day in the Life of 3G | PCWorld
Quote: "n Novarum's tests for us, Verizon Wireless demonstrated a good mix of speed and reliability. Across more than 20 testing locations in each of the 13 cities we tested, Verizon had an average download speed of 951 kbps. Verizon demonstrated good reliability, too; the network was available at a reasonable and uninterrupted speed in 89.8 percent of our tests.
Sprint's 3G network delivered a solid connection in 90.5 percent of our 13-city tests. Sprint's average download speed of 808 kbps across 13 cities wasn't flashy (at that speed, a 1MB file downloads in 10 seconds), but dependability is an important asset. The Sprint network performed especially well, both in speed and in reliability, in our test cities in the western part of the United States.
The AT&T network's 13-city average download speed in our tests was 812 kbps. Its average upload speed was 660 kbps. Reliability was an issue in our experience of the AT&T system: Our testers were able to make a connection at a reasonable, uninterrupted speed in only 68 percent of their tests.
Somewhat surprisingly, our testers also found that the "bars of service" readings on their phones were rarely an accurate predictor of the quality of the ensuing connection. In most places and with most wireless providers, the "bars" did little more than indicate whether the phone had access to some service or to no service."
This test is consistent with what new iPhone tests are showing. Sprint is the slowest. But at least -- in their 13 city test -- Sprint was the most reliable.With Verizon literally being right behind. And ATT being way behind. And Sprint has said in the past (this is when I actually heard about this study) that based on independent study they are the most reliable.
- 10-17-2011, 03:35 PM #18
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- 10-17-2011, 03:56 PM #21
Any who, the thing about maps is they are never very accurate. Any company. And with Sprint part of the problem is they use such high frequencies so their "map" looks larger then it really is. I do find it odd in those cities Sprint doesn't work well, but I do believe it because as I mentioned, every carrier has places where they just aren't going to work well. It's unfortunate but the truth.
And that is true that the article is pretty much talking about 3G data, but I was actually talking mostly about 3G data being reliable. I do think voice quality is good and that the voice service is reliable, but I haven't actually read something about it compared to the others.
- 10-17-2011, 09:05 PM #24
Again you're with Sprint and upgraded and signed another 2yr contract, so it must work for you otherwise you're pretty dumb to shell out any money to a company that isn't providing you the service you expect....Period...
If it doesn't work you shouldn't be using it.
- 10-17-2011, 11:21 PM #25
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