Originally Posted by EdwinDiaz
I disagree. Sprint has a very spotty network and 3G itself will be obsolete very soon. Sprint is on the verge of bankruptcy. Also, utilizing the vehicle's 3G as a hotspot is completely useless.
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honestly i can't speak to bankruptcy- I'd assume the softbank guy is all in to the limits of his finances but no idea what they means real work. But I'd GUESS someone would buy the network and run it if they were going to totally just go out of business- probably google if no one else.
I'll completely agree that sprint's network is spotty at least compared to Verizon (dont know ATT). My wife's latest minivan came with the hotspot feature (they didn't have the 8.4 in that yet so it's a stand alone router under the passenger seat). We tried to use it- tried being the operative word- when we first got it for a trip down I95 from NYC area to Disney. That's like one of the most traveled routes in America yet the coverage was so crappy I wanted to through the hotspot out the window after half the trip. It constantly lost service. Gave up and got a verizon 4g hotspot/ delphi connect for $10 a month to share my verizon data plan and couldn't be more satisfied with the coverage. And therefore i'd agree that a sprint 3G hotspot in a moving vehicle for any sizable trip is close to useless for sure.
So I wouldn't argue that they picked the best covering network at all.
That said though- the price to use the hotspot feature on uconnect 8.4 is such a rip off that i'd just use my own smartphone's hotspot first. So me personally the hotspot isn't a deal breaker- but i could see how someone who wanted that would want to poke their eye out using the uconnect.
BUT, what does "obsolete" mean in terms of 3G? If it is lit up, has the same coverage as it always did, and is "fast enough" to do what the Uconnect needs than who cares if it's not 4g, 5g, or 6g? Is 2G obsolete becasue 3g has been around so long? Verizon who has a very solid voice network until like a few months ago was completing every single call on their network with 2g, and only just recently started using 4G VoLTE on a few smartphone headsets when LTE is available- and I HATE when it connects my call with 4G- it's like 2005 all over again- their 2G is SO MUCH MORE ROCK SOLID. If I need to make an important call or am driving a while while on the phone i downloaded an app to shut down down 4G so i can be assured the call connects over 2G.
Honestly for the little bit of data that is moving on the network for uconnect I think 2g's 144 kbps is probably even enough. You type a search in Yelp- literally how many characters do you need to send them- 10?20? 30? They reply with the results- literally how many characters do they send back? a few hundred? Maybe a few thousand? using this calculator:
File Transfer Time Calculator - Technology of the Internets
and jknowing that an ascii character is basically 1 byte. The yelp app would need to send 20,000 characters to even take 1 complete second. How many characters is a remote start command? It might even be a text message and not even data.
For all the existing and announced apps there's no need for more than 3G.
You couldn't PAY me to use a sprint 3g hotspot- but for the radio's apps 3G just does the job and will until Sprint starts shutting down that network.