How much faster is EVDO compared to 1xRTT?

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  1. onedownfiveup

    onedownfiveup Active Member

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    I have a Treo 650 and it has 1xRTT. How much faster is EVDO? Is it really that big of a deal?
     
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    Vagabond Nope. OT Supporter

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    My 1x card would get me around 170k average, peaking at 300k.

    My EV-DO card gets me 500k average, peaking at 700k. It's max is allmost 2mp. Prob gonna be awhile before it's been turned up to make that speed available thou.

    Both cards are with Sprint.
     
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    The difference is very noticeable. But then again, the Treo's built in browser sucks ass, so it seems slower than the load times suggest. Try out an i730 with EVDO at VZW - you'll see a tremendous difference in load times.
     
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    I have an EVDO card for my laptop. In SoCal, I get 300-600k during the day most of the time and a little over 1Mbit at night. The ping times sucks compared to DSL or cable, but its very usable. I went to the SF bay area last month and the network there only supports 1x. It was barely tolerable but still better than dialup.
     
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    Which carrier and which card do you have?
     
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    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Verizon Wireless PC5220 PC Card. I've heard the newer cards have better antennas. I got an external antenna for when the signal is marginal and it really helps. Even when its barely hanging on to 1 bar of signal with the external antenna, its still faster downloading a file than AOL.
     
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    hmm, there's only been one release of EV-DO cards.
     
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    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Not for Verizon. The web site currently lists three PC cards for Broadband Access (EVDO), none of which were available when I got my card in December. My card is no longer listed. I read a review that said the new cards, particularly the Kyocera, were getting better speeds than my 5220.
     
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    I'm really starting to like the i730.

    Does that phone come on any GSM carriers? If I switch phone companies I'm going GSM.
     
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    CDMA only.

    However, the HTC wizard has very similar specs to it, and is actually cheaper. There is a thread on it bumped to the top, check it out. I'll be getting one probably within the next 1-2 months.
     

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