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While doing these tests I had connection drops about 1/3 of the time. When it came through there speeds ranged from .02Mbps to .5Mbps. From this I'm assuming it's a capacity issue. Also, ping times were rarely under 600ms. Signal strength is about -96dBm.

 

This seems bad but last year, pre NV, if I got a connection through, the speeds rarely passed .1Mbps and if they did I was ecstatic. It's not just Sprint however. All cell connections are a bit crippled here with ATT being by far the strongest and Verizon the most consistant, no surprises there. Sprint hangs in the middle with spotty WiMax and relatively weak 3G.

 

This is what I'm seeing if the connection goes through which has as it approaches noon is getting closer to the 50% success. Stupid freshman and their iPhones need to learn how to connect to WiFi, they never leave the dorms anyways.

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For those that may say, that's no NV! Here's a screen of network.sprint.com. As you can see there is more work to be done but a bunch has been done so far.

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edit: I'd like to note, yes, I use WiFi but the signal does not reach to all my bus stops and there is no WiFi on the buses I use (There is on the school's shuttles.) With an error window of about 10-15 minutes on the bus schedule, I find myself trying to do something on 3G while waiting.

 

Hope you enjoyed my tale.

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While doing these tests I had connection drops about 1/3 of the time. When it came through there speeds ranged from .02Mbps to .5Mbps. From this I'm assuming it's a capacity issue. Also, ping times were rarely under 600ms. Signal strength is about -96dBm.

 

This seems bad but last year, pre NV, if I got a connection through, the speeds rarely passed .1Mbps and if they did I was ecstatic. It's not just Sprint however. All cell connections are a bit crippled here with ATT being by far the strongest and Verizon the most consistant, no surprises there. Sprint hangs in the middle with spotty WiMax and relatively weak 3G.

 

This is what I'm seeing if the connection goes through which has as it approaches noon is getting closer to the 50% success. Stupid freshman and their iPhones need to learn how to connect to WiFi, they never leave the dorms anyways.

5A6Oml.pngRjmIbl.png9X0Bml.png

For those that may say, that's no NV! Here's a screen of network.sprint.com. As you can see there is more work to be done but a bunch has been done so far.

5VCGfl.png

edit: I'd like to note, yes, I use WiFi but the signal does not reach to all my bus stops and there is no WiFi on the buses I use (There is on the school's shuttles.) With an error window of about 10-15 minutes on the bus schedule, I find myself trying to do something on 3G while waiting.

 

Hope you enjoyed my tale.

 

I'm sorry to say that network.sprint.com only shows band-aid fixes, not NV. NV sites are starting in your area soon, but nothing is online yet. It will help greatly when they are.

 

Rickie

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Even so, these fixes have made a previously unusable network usable. I'm just happy to see Sprint addressing it at all.

That is the goal until NV arrives. They've been doing these band-aid fixes in pretty much all congested areas. Performance was pretty much exactly the same as you posted above at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, but ever since a few months ago, I can pull over 1 Meg down on 3G pretty much any time of the day (from Friday - Sunday when i'm down there).

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Fellow Hoosier here, but at IU - Bloomington. Speeds are pretty fantastic here and have been since I arrived mid-2011. Worst tests are approx. .5 Mbps. Tops out around 1.5. I should also share that the .5 Mbps happens with super weak signal. NV will be great, but these speeds that I'm seeing are fairly respectable. Enough for my needs, really. The ping times just need to get lower.

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Fellow Hoosier here, but at IU - Bloomington. Speeds are pretty fantastic here and have been since I arrived mid-2011. Worst tests are approx. .5 Mbps. Tops out around 1.5. I should also share that the .5 Mbps happens with super weak signal. NV will be great, but these speeds that I'm seeing are fairly respectable. Enough for my needs, really. The ping times just need to get lower.

 

I went to IU from 2009-2011. When I first started there, there wasn't even 3G, it just stopped somewhere just south of Martinsville and basically didn't exist until Kentucky again. The explanation I received was that is came from Evansville instead of Indianapolis like it does now. So my freshman year sucked on 2G but the WiFi there is nearly flawless so it wasn't too bad. So the 3G was 1 year old when you got there. I was down in Btown just before school started this year and consistently pulled 1.5 to 2Mbps on campus, up to 10 on WiMax (That town has to be damn near officially covered.) Add in 50k plus additional bodies for those that go home in the summer and I'd say .5 is pretty damn good.

 

Oh, at the time I had no WiFi on my phone, Samsung Instinct... All those cool unlimited everything features I'd been thrilled about just 8 or so months earlier were worthless. It's such a first world problem when I hop on my laptop and pull 90+Mbps though.

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I went to IU from 2009-2011. When I first started there, there wasn't even 3G, it just stopped somewhere just south of Martinsville and basically didn't exist until Kentucky again. The explanation I received was that is came from Evansville instead of Indianapolis like it does now. So my freshman year sucked on 2G but the WiFi there is nearly flawless so it wasn't too bad. So the 3G was 1 year old when you got there. I was down in Btown just before school started this year and consistently pulled 1.5 to 2Mbps on campus, up to 10 on WiMax (That town has to be damn near officially covered.) Add in 50k plus additional bodies for those that go home in the summer and I'd say .5 is pretty damn good.

 

Oh, at the time I had no WiFi on my phone, Samsung Instinct... All those cool unlimited everything features I'd been thrilled about just 8 or so months earlier were worthless. It's such a first world problem when I hop on my laptop and pull 90+Mbps though.

 

I was shocked to discover that Btown had WiMax when I arrived on campus. Kind of a moot point now with an Evo LTE. Also, I was very very pleasantly surprised with the speeds here. I used to attend Purdue and the speeds at W-Laf when I was there were absolutely horrendous - as in couldn't stream pandora when walking to class bad. Speedtests consistently under 100 kbps and the like.

 

On a semi-related note, I'd like Robert to possibly explain something to me: On your coverage map from Western Kentucky, it showed a few sites in the southern Indiana region (read: bloomington), yet the Indy market shows those same sites. To quoth Jerry Seinfeld: What's the deal?!

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On a semi-related note, I'd like Robert to possibly explain something to me: On your coverage map from Western Kentucky, it showed a few sites in the southern Indiana region (read: bloomington), yet the Indy market shows those same sites. To quoth Jerry Seinfeld: What's the deal?!

 

In the map where you think you see Bloomington in the West Kentucky market, it's just an illusion. Bloomington is in the Indianapolis market. However, nearby Bedford is in the West Kentucky market. Those sites in the West Kentucky map in the article are actually around Bedford, but at a glance appears like it might be Bloomington.

 

Those markers have a round top with a point on the bottom. It's where the point is that matters, not the round top.

 

Robert

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How on earth do you always answer questions quickly?! Thanks for the clarification too, by the way.

 

He's really a robot.. Kinda like Eliza from the Commodore 64 days but better at the tech... Not so much on the emotions though.

 

I sense people googling this :)

 

Sent from my C64 w/Epyx FastLoad cartridge

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Hopefully the Indy market will have it by year end. If Samsung ever gets started on a second market and get out of Chicago. I know here in Indy we need it bad 3g gets so bogged down from all the prepaid customers around here.....

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