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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

4G Now Live In NYC and NJ

In case you have been living under a bus and have not noticed, most professionals utilize smart phones. These phones allow owners to browse the web, type memo's, send email, text and yes, make telephone calls. 

I am no techie, but my understanding is that most smart phones today are utilizing 3G speeds. The speed is decent for phone use and internet use on the phone. However, it is really inadequate for internet use on a laptop. 3G speed is about the same speed as the old 56K dial up modem before the days of broadband.

I just noticed that 4G is now live in NYC and it is also available in northern and central NJ. It has been available in Philly and in southern NJ for some time. 4 G is about 6 times faster and you see the difference-a significant difference when browsing the web from a laptop.

So, how do you browse the web from your laptop? You have basically four options; insert or purchase a broadband card for the laptop, purchase a mifi type device which allows you to browse the web,  tether your phone via a cable or bluetooth via some free or low cost software services or use the WiFi service from your phone. 

I have a Sprint Evo 4G and the last options really shines on this phone. I have tried to connect to the web with all the other types of connections and the phone WiFi option is the fastest. 

So, why doesn't everyone have a 4G phone? Because it is first rolling out. Sprint is the leader here with WiMax. Currently there are only two WiMax phones to choose, the Evo 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G. The phones are very similar. The Evo has more features, but the Epic has a keyboard. 

Verizon and AT&T promise to launch their own 4G services shortly. Until then, if your in the market for a smart phone, in my view the only provider that should be considered is Sprint and right now you should only consider the above phones. 

No, I do not own stock in Sprint and I hated to give up my Blackberry on AT&T which I loved. However, I cannot see using yesterday's technology in today's world.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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