Although I’m not based there, I visit Columbus, Ohio roughly two times a month. I’ve tried connecting to Sprint’s 4G network a few months ago, but could never get a decent connection unless I was in the Easton or Polaris area. Although I was able to connect, the signal was so intermittent to the point that I didn’t even bother connecting. Thankfully it seems that times have changed for the better!
If you’re in the Columbus area and own a 4G Sprint capable phone but haven’t turned it on for a while, you might want to try enabling it right now. You just may be surprised. While being near The Ohio State University’s campus I decided to give mine a try again and was surprised to are that I had a full 4G signal. Yes, all of my bars were full.
I’ve contacted others and it seems that they’ve experienced an increase in speed and availability as well. To give you an idea of the differences in speed between 3G, check the screen shots below. Based on the numbers that I was able to get, WiMax is approximately 2.4 times after the 3G.
[Info]The test was also done with my Nexus S 4G, which is running ice cream sandwich and has more features than the “official” Sprint version. After looking at the screen shots, check out my video to see what features I am referring to.[/Info]
Whether it be 3G or 4G, have you noticed an increase in speeds or signal strength? Let me know in the comments below.