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    Default 3G speeds increase?

    Can someone tell me if Verizon's 3G speeds will increase as more people go to 4G?I just can't give up my unlimited data for a different phone and don't want to pay full price,so I was hoping for a speed increase.Thanks in advance
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    Default 3G speeds increase?

    It won't speed up much, if any at all. Verizon's 3G speeds are capped by the ability of the CDMA protocol that is used. CDMA maxes out at pretty low speeds. So if you're already getting around 2 Mbps DL speed, you won't see a jump. If its slower than that, you could theoretically see an uptick if tons of people switch and Verizon keeps all the 3G towers running.
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    Default Re: 3G speeds increase?

    Quote Originally Posted by jclisenby View Post
    It won't speed up much, if any at all. Verizon's 3G speeds are capped by the ability of the CDMA protocol that is used. CDMA maxes out at pretty low speeds. So if you're already getting around 2 Mbps DL speed, you won't see a jump. If its slower than that, you could theoretically see an uptick if tons of people switch and Verizon keeps all the 3G towers running.
    3G CDMA ain't going away soon... as of last October, Verizon was reported as saying CDMA will sunset "by 2021".
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    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    3G CDMA ain't going away soon...
    No, but Verizon is dropping some 3G towers as they expand 4G.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jclisenby View Post
    No, but Verizon is dropping some 3G towers as they expand 4G.
    probably not as many as you seem to think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    probably not as many as you seem to think.
    They are rolling back 3G weekly. Their expected full transition from 3G was last stated to be late 2015. If they keep up their schedule, they will have 100% LTE coverage by early 2014. Their 4G coverage is expected to eclipse 3G sometime in the middle of this year.
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    3G is slated to be completely shuttered by 2021, however, Verizon execs have stated that depending on adoption and 4G coverage, this date could come much earlier. It should be interesting to see how it goes. With over 50% of smartphones on Verizon running 4G, they could easily begin rapid 3G shutdown in 2015-16.
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    Default 3G speeds increase?

    Quote Originally Posted by jclisenby View Post
    3G is slated to be completely shuttered by 2021, however, Verizon execs have stated that depending on adoption and 4G coverage, this date could come much earlier. It should be interesting to see how it goes. With over 50% of smartphones on Verizon running 4G, they could easily begin rapid 3G shutdown in 2015-16.
    Wouldn't that also depend on how quickly they could implement VoLTE? Or am I crossing standards in my head?

    But to answer the original question: as more people move to LTE you ideally see better 3G speeds. How long this is even useful for you has already been put up for discussion, but I'd also add that one way or another you'll have to bite that bullet at some point.
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    Default 3G speeds increase?

    Quote Originally Posted by Good OL MC View Post
    Wouldn't that also depend on how quickly they could implement VoLTE? Or am I crossing standards in my head?
    I might be remembering wrong, but on Verizon voice doesn't run over 3G. Voice runs over a separate channel. But I'm sure they want to shutter everything but LTE so they definitely need VoLTE.
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    Maybe this explains why my 3g in SE Michigan is so horrible. I've tested it with the speed test app on my iPhone in multiple well populated areas and see excessively slow speeds all over the board. 48kbps, 390kbps, 256kbps, 475kpbs well u get the idea.

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