nope..its going to display whichever connection youre actually getting..im not exactly understanding what youre refering to when you keep saying 4G LTE or 4G?...are you asking about 4G LTE and 4G wimax? the current system that has been around for a while here and there was 4G wimax..which this phone can not use seeing as how its a LTE capable phone..so once you DO have LTE in your area you will see the 4G icon light up and take place of your 3G symbol at the top.
Correct there is an icon shown only when a connection is active. So if you are not connected to any data you will only have the signal bars (voice), 2G will say 1x (representative of 1xRTT), 3G will say 3G, 4G will say 4G (regardless whether you use an older WiMax phone or the newer LTE devices, the two technologies are not compatible and no phone supports both), and WiFi will have the industry standard ball with horizontal crecsents stacked according to the signal it gets from that hotspot.
WiFi logo example:
The coverage maps show 100% 4G LTE coverage all over houston and surrounding areas. Because of these coverage maps, on Sprint's web site, which are completely wrong, I upgraded from S2 to S3. Now not only do I not have the spotty Wimax coverage I had before, I also have NO 4G LTE service. Anywhere in Houston that I have tried.
I think it's dishonest for Sprint to show 4G LTE everywhere in the coverage maps for the Houston area, yet no 4G LTE is actually available "yet". This is dishonest of Sprint. And it cost me.
First of all, make sure your phone is in cdma\lte mode, not just cdma only mode.
Second, there are a lot of towers that are broadcasting LTE in the Houston area. New sites come online every week. I admit the LTE coverage maps are very optimistic on coverage. If you can't wait for new sites to come online in your area, then you have 14 days to return the phone.
It's just a waiting game at this point. Sprint's 4G LTE service and it's "Network Vision" are a work in progress. It should not be judged as a full fledged working service at this point, because it's not...
Since I started browsing this forum I've seen a lot of people that are upset and expressing their frustrations, and rightfully so. It's frustrating having to wait it out until the new network is fully deployed. Sprint is late in the game compared to the other major carriers and this is the key reason why people are soo annoyed and upset. It's "The grass is greener" effect. However, Sprint is the last honest carrier in my opinion; as far as net-neutrality and unlimited data goes. I'm pulling through for the long haul. In 12-24 months the sentiment on this forum will turn a complete 180, just watch... Network Vision will be fully matured and deployed and slowly/little-by-little, the customers who were griefing/jumped ship will come right back to where the best combination of value/service is- with a carrier that doesn't believe in capping data limits and spewing excess bloatware/advertisments at it's customers.
Rome wasn't built in a day...
I have the same problem. Why would not an UPDATED devive not be backwards capatable?????????? Makes no sense to me.
Two completely different 4G technologies and chipsets. I'm guessing a design to include both chipsets was too expensive or incompatible.
NOW, this is just an expl. not the REAL way it transmits. Think of Wimax 4G as AM radio and LTE as FM radio. An AM radio will not get FM and FM won't get AM and in the early days of radio it was ONE or the other not both. Soon Radio comanys started making a radio that would get both AM and FM.
Well we are in the early days of Radio where it's either WiMax or LTE 4G. IF like myself I have a epic 4G with Wimax I will never have 4G service on it here in Indianapolis and those who are getting Wimax 4G will lose it about 2014 or 2015 because Sprint is only installing NEW the LTE 4G network.
Again like the early days of radio.. AM almost died if it wasn't for talk radio there would mostly not be AM radio right now. Sprint had the choice to do either WiMax or LTE in the early days and banked on WiMax being the standard for 4G. Simply put they was wrong and LTE 4G has become the standard. A gamble we as customers are now paying the price for.
But I do have a question for the group..
Has anyone that has posted here been contacted off board about what they have posted from anyone from Sprint for there comments??? I know they have monitors, just wondering if anyone has ever said "we are working on it" or "we are sorry for your problems" or do they just let us vent here and hope we go on using them.
I would respect sprint more, if they just said something like "due to the unlimited date, we over sold and over loaded our networks and working hard to fix it", instead of blaming the phone itself for the bad service.
well that is just me thinking to myself I guess.
Yes it is and has been cdma/lte since I got it.
The coverage maps aren't just optimistic.... they are flat out wrong.
However, today, for the first time ever, I did have a solid 4g LTE connection at work, almost all day! I ran some speed tests and will post the results in separate message.
This is another example on corporate taking on middle class they don't care and I'm getting charged an extra 10 $ for premium data really ???? premium data???? SLOW 3G Imagine !!!! I can't even run my Facebook or Youtube on that speed.....Sprint are blood suckers that's all I HATE SPRINT !!!!!
What??? So much for upgrading to S3 then. By the time Sprint has 4G LTE on my area there will probably be an S5 out. I guess I was better off with my S2 ?!?!
Thank you for the information! I wish I had read this before upgradiing.