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I'm in the D.C/Baltimore market and I have been painstakingly holding out on upgrading my EVO to the LTE EVO for the primary reason of Sprint not launching the LTE network in my area yet. I figured I could wait it out for about a month or so but now it's pushing two months and I'm getting antsy. The storm that hit us last week doesn't help either so I know the launch must be delayed by however many weeks. I did read that sprint is also improving their 3G signal strength as a buffer to launching the LTE network but I've always had 4G coverage and when I'm in 3G coverage, it's annoyingly too slow for me. To make matters worse, my EVO is stuck on the 2.3.5 version update which had to have been the worst software update ever so my phone constantly restarts HTC Sense. I use the wireless hotspot as my primary source of internet and I have never had a good experience with the hotspot feature while in 3G coverage.

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I'm in the D.C/Baltimore market and I have been painstakingly holding out on upgrading my EVO to the LTE EVO for the primary reason of Sprint not launching the LTE network in my area yet. I figured I could wait it out for about a month or so but now it's pushing two months and I'm getting antsy. The storm that hit us last week doesn't help either so I know the launch must be delayed by however many weeks. I did read that sprint is also improving their 3G signal strength as a buffer to launching the LTE network but I've always had 4G coverage and when I'm in 3G coverage, it's annoyingly too slow for me. To make matters worse, my EVO is stuck on the 2.3.5 version update which had to have been the worst software update ever so my phone constantly restarts HTC Sense. I use the wireless hotspot as my primary source of internet and I have never had a good experience with the hotspot feature while in 3G coverage.

 

If you are dependent on 4G WiMax coverage, you only have two options:

  1. Keep the EVO and wait out LTE coming live in your area
  2. Get a LTE device now and get a WiMax capable MiFi (which have really come down in cost)

I hope you are legally using the hotspot. Because if you plan on hacking your Hotspot for LTE, you may be disappointed. Sprint is anticipated to block unauthorized tethering with their LTE network, or at least limit it for people who are deemed excessive users. Also, Sprint only has unlimited data for smartphone usage. Sprint does not offer unlimited hotspot plans.

 

Robert

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