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How Fast is CLEAR/Sprint 4G WiMAX?

Many people are skeptical about whether mobile broadband service can really compete with the performance you receive from hard-wired home broadband like DSL or Cable. While it is true that DSL and particularly cable services are much faster than older mobile broadband technologies, many users are surprised to find out that 4G WiMAX is capable of providing speeds fast enough to rival home DSL and cable!

Both CLEAR and Sprint use the same 4G WiMAX network, and with good signal can provide average download speeds of 3 to 6 Mbps (with bursts over 10 Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 1Mbps. Those speeds are definitely fast enough to stream video, download large files, video chat... everything DSL/cable users rely on! Thanks to the super fast speeds that WiMAX can provide, and the fact that both CLEAR's and Sprint's 4G service plans include unlimited use, WiMAX is a great alternative to fixed-line home broadband. Plus, CLEAR's 4G plans start at just $30/month!

Here is how WiMAX compares to other common internet technologies:
  • EVDO Rev A (Sprint & Verizon 3G): 600 - 1,400Kbps Down (with bursts to 3.1Mbps); 500 - 800Kbps Up (with bursts to 1.8Mbps)
  • 1xRTT (Sprint & Verizon 2G, AKA "NationalAccess"): 50 - 100Kbps with bursts up to 144kbps Down/Up
  • EDGE (AT&T 2G): 50 - 100Kbps Down/Up
  • HSPA (AT&T 3G): 700 - 1700kbps Down; 500 - 1200kbps Up
  • Satellite: 512 - 1500Kbps Down; 128 - 256Kbps Up
  • Dial-Up: 56Kbps Down/Up
  • DSL: Varies based on provider. Average appoximately 1.5-2Mbps Down; 200-500Kbps Up
  • Cable: Varies based on provider. Average appoximately 1-5Mbps Down; 200-1000Kbps Up
  • WiMAX: 3-6Mbps Down (with bursts over 10Mbps); up to 1Mbps up.
Still skeptical? Take a look at these recent CLEAR speedtests posted to our forums:




For more WiMAX speedtests, check out 4Gmaps.com. This is a tool run by 4Ginfo where where actual users can post their real-world speed results - you can filter through the map by the state, carrier and speeds to see how WiMAX service is working for actual users across the country. If you are using WiMAX, we encourage you to post your results to 4Gmaps and share your experience with 4G in the 4G Forums!

CLEAR's WiMAX service is currently available in about 30 cities around the country, are they are rolling out coverage in new markets all the time. Check the coverage maps to see if its in your area already, and stay tuned at 4Ginfo.com for all the latest updates on coverage and all things 4G!


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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 May 2010 23:28 )