|Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 2):|
Right now Sprint does seem to have a jump on the availibility of 3G services but AT&T is catching up quickly. We rolled out 2.5G EDGE services and that hurt us.
Only for the sake of "arguing with AT
&T," not you per se:
Sprint rolled out 2.5G
1xRTT services before AT
&T, Cingular, and T-Mobile rolled out EDGE, and it didn't seem to hurt them!
Seriously though, it seems to me that overall for the USA, the CDMA carriers have had the edge (no pun intended) on GSM carriers when it comes to high speed data. 1xRTT vs GPRS, 1xRTT vs EDGE, EV
-DO vs EDGE, EV
-DO RevA vs HSDPA-as-deployed-by-AT&T-without-HSUPA, etc.
-DO Rev A, wireless broadband has reached a point where it seems to me to be a generally useful technology, as opposed to something suitable only for WAP browsers, ringtone sales, and specialized applications (telemetry, MOBITEX replacement kind of stuff).
I know from experience that Sprint has an extensive EV
-DO Rev A footprint, and I understand that Verizon does as well. AT
&T's HSDPA deployment is definitely expanding, but it doesn't come close to Sprint's (in my area -- Central and Southern Lower Michigan), and the upstream is slow, which also increases round-trip latency. As far as I can tell, AT
&T's website can't be made to actually show you their nationwide HSDPA footprint. I guess it wouldn't look good compared to others!
I don't know if AT
&T has announced plans for HSUPA, and I have no idea what T-Mobile is doing with their new chunk of spectrum or when, but I am certainly looking forward to the day when one (or both) of these companies gets an HSDPA/HSUPA network as thoroughly rolled out as Sprint's current offering. It just won't be next week.
Despite what I perceive as the superiority of CDMA-based data deployments in the United States, I'm sick, tired, and fed up with the buggy, ill-designed, and/or purposely crippled CDMA handset equipment sold in this country and the restrictive policies of the CDMA operators ("We won't activate a CDMA phone we didn't sell; you have to pay a xyz service fee for an ESN swap; us, use R-UIMs? you must be kidding," etc). I've been sticking with the CDMA carriers simply due to the better speed and availability of their data services in my area, but I'm really looking forward to switching and being able to use some equipment that is more to my liking once a good, widespread HSDPA/HSUPA network is in place.
If you don't want it known, don't say it on a phone.