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  •  4G is fine (4+ / 0-)

    if you were a big fan of dialup.

    Some people have short memories

    by lenzy1000 on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:16:29 AM PDT

    •  No, 1x is dialup, 3g is slow DSL, and 4g is (2+ / 0-)
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      roughly cable modem speeds.  But the data caps will kill any attempt to use it as a replacement for your cable internet if you use Netflix regularly.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 02:12:33 PM PDT

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      •  It depends on your area (1+ / 0-)
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        In my area I had excellent signal and never reached dialup speeds. It would take forever for just the main page here to load. I  tried in many areas in the Twin Cities with no real speed improvement.

        Some people have short memories

        by lenzy1000 on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 03:41:40 PM PDT

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        •  That's strange. Though keep in mind that AT&T's (1+ / 0-)
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          version of 4G is actually connecting to two 3G towers much like the old modem bonding trick (two modems and two phone lines) used back in the dialup days.  Oh, and Straight Talk will often be dialup speeds no matter what because they throttle like crazy.

          The only time I have gotten dialup speeds on 3G is when the Medicom cable internet goes down in my town and everyone switches to tethering (around here, Verizon is the only company with decent coverage as AT&T is Edge/2g for at least a 50 mile radius and forget about Sprint/T-Mobile).  So that is 2,000 to 3,000 people all trying to use a single 3g tower.

          You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

          by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 04:03:08 PM PDT

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