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I have NO IDEA where to post this (I searched through all the forum headers and none seem to make sense with it other than Networking I guess, but anyway) but are there any Comcast 4G speed test results anywhere to be had? I work in Boston, and my job is overnight. Its very slow, so I was thinking buy a laptop, slap a 4G card in there, browse unpoliced. Maybe even play around in some games. Maybe a little questing or market manipulation in WoW, no FPS or anything as I'm sure the pings will be way too high for that.

The speed really isn't the huge concern though I am intrigued. The big thing I'm worried about is the type of pings I can expect from 4G. Does Comcast offer a trial period?

Sorry for this being run on, and mods feel free to move this to a more appropriate section. I figured Mobile Phones would work simply because there's 4G phones so their results gotta be somewhat similar.
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I only get 3 bars of 3G at my house and I am able to play online games just fine. The lag spikes hurt but it works beautifully. I usually average 200 ping, I imagine 4G would have even lower ping
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I only get 3 bars of 3G at my house and I am able to play online games just fine. The lag spikes hurt but it works beautifully. I usually average 200 ping, I imagine 4G would have even lower ping
Very encouraging. Thanks for the input!

Can't wait to possibly see some SpeedTest results... if you're on 4G speeds would you mind running a speed test for me (whether by tethering or with native app if it exists like the iPhone has).

Greatly appreciated. I still need to determine if Comcast does a trial period. I'll only be using it here, and the cell phone reception with my iPhone 3GS on AT&T is piss poor at best. This is a 4G coverage area according to their map though.
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Anyone with some 4G able to weigh in on this? Still no definitive speed test results showing pings, which is what I'm most concerned with. Comcast says their speeds should be 6mbps/1mbps but if the pings are too high it won't be anywhere near playable.

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Even 3G should be fine. 4G doesn't really offer much of a benefit as far as latency.

I tethered my GF's computer to my phone last night since RIFT was unavailable for AT&T and Verizon customers. Ping in Ventrilo fluctuated 150-250 but in game it was hardly noticed and she indicated it was comparable to our DSL.
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Comcast is operating as a MVNO for Sprint/Clear WiMAX. I'm currently on an uncapped Clear plan. In Boston, I pull around 4-8mbps depending on signal time of day. Latency averages 100ms, dropping to a minimum of around 60-70ms during good times

If you want to try it out, I'll be back in Boston this weekend Hell, I'm trying to sell off my ClearSpot 4G+ hotspot (data plan is $50/month for unlimited 4G and 5GB 3G) and the remaining contract (around a year left) if you're interested
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Comcast is operating as a MVNO for Sprint/Clear WiMAX. I'm currently on an uncapped Clear plan. In Boston, I pull around 4-8mbps depending on signal time of day. Latency averages 100ms, dropping to a minimum of around 60-70ms during good times

If you want to try it out, I'll be back in Boston this weekend Hell, I'm trying to sell off my ClearSpot 4G+ hotspot (data plan is $50/month for unlimited 4G and 5GB 3G) and the remaining contract (around a year left) if you're interested
wow... around 100ms and dropping to 60-70? thats fantastic. Yea, Comcast is offering me an intro plan of $30 a month unlimited 4G and 5GB 3G as well. I want to test to see if i get reception in my building. If I do, its ON...in a month or two when i buy another laptop. LOL

EDIT: What are your upload speeds like? Is 1mbps the limit pretty much? 125k a second will be more than enough but just curious.

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ping times shouldn't be that bad. i'm in Missouri not Boston but i pull 6-7 megs down with a ping usually around 100 and less that's on sprints 4g here, which is pretty much the same thing.
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wow... around 100ms and dropping to 60-70? thats fantastic. Yea, Comcast is offering me an intro plan of $30 a month unlimited 4G and 5GB 3G as well. I want to test to see if i get reception in my building. If I do, its ON...in a month or two when i buy another laptop. LOL

EDIT: What are your upload speeds like? Is 1mbps the limit pretty much? 125k a second will be more than enough but just curious.

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Totally forgot what kind of upload I get I'll have to test when I'm back.. I don't have 4G coverage back at home in NY unfortunately
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