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Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Arlington Virginia
Originally Posted by ohnanoko
No worries. Thank you so much for a quick answer! I appreciate the complete picture/ background/ history as well. You saved me a lot of time researching the problem and visiting the AT&T store.
Will the N7000 support AT&T's 4G network?
It's important to know exactly what you talking about when getting caught up in marketing catches phrases like 3G and 4G etc.
AT&T's high speed network uses two different technologies, HSPA and LTE. HSPA is more of an evolution of UMTS, kinda like how EDGE is an evolution of GPRS. LTE, on the other hand, is a completely new technology from ground up. As it stands, LTE is easily about 5 to 10 times faster than HSPA on average, with speeds in the 30 to 60mbit range.
AT&T markets both technologies as "4G," even though only LTE is considered a "true" 4G technology.
The unlocked N7000 does not have LTE capabilities, but it does support AT&T's HSPA, which realistically should yield download speeds around about 3 to 9mbit. Is it fast as LTE? No, not by a long shot. Is it "fast enough?" For most people, yes, but that's up to you.