11-22-2011 8:00 AM
I've noticed that my Samsung Focus S lies about 4G. It *never* shows 3G coverage, only 4G. I assume this is HSPDA+, but the problem is, that isn't available in my area! Every AT&T coverage map shows that it is over 30 miles away from HSPDA+, but my Focus S keeps saying 4G.
To me, the evidence that it is just a 3G icon relabeled as 4G is that my A&T Microcell even shows up as a 4G connection now. I'm pretty sure it doesn't run HSPDA+
I honestly don't mind AT&T calling HSPDA+ 4G. I *DO* mind them calling their 3G coverage 4G, and not indicating what my true connection is. That is flat lying.
11-22-2011 2:45 PM
11-22-2011 6:20 PM
The about screen doesn't show a signal type from what I can see.
It also correctly identifies GPRS & EDGE with their own icons. The only issue is that everywhere that should say "3G" says "4G", regardless if it is 4G or not.
11-23-2011 2:30 AM
04-03-2012 12:36 AM
04-03-2012 4:22 AM
Ah, a technical explanation! Thanks!
However, if we're being technical, there is no way HSDPA should ever be called 4G. If they want to make a brand difference between EV-DO since HSDPA is generally faster, then they should put a "H+" logo up there instead of the 4G.
There is no 4G service in the USA accoring to the ITU's first specs. It is only recently that they've caved and permitted 1st-gen LTE & Wi-MAX to be called 4G, but nothing has changed in terms of branding the 3G technology HSDPA as 4G.
This is just AT&T trying to lie & claim a large 4G network instead of building one.
04-04-2012 8:36 AM