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Hi guys!

Is 4G Mobile Band compatible with 3G networks and 3G networks with 4G Mobile Band??

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It depends on which provider you go with.

Currently there is only one 4G provider, which is Sprint. I believe they're going with WiMax deployment of their 4G network, which is pretty much 802.16 WiFi over long distances. It's fairly cheap technology, but requires completely new hardware to be installed across the nation. Currently Sprint's 4G sucks monkey balls. They're considering partnering up with WalMart to put towers on every WalMart super-center across the country. This would be awesome because I think I saw a statistic somewhere that stated that 95% of the american population lives within 10 miles of a WalMart.


Now what Verizon is doing is converting their networks over to LTE which is supposed to be fully backwards comparable with all of their previous network standards such as 3G ect... and it'd be really cheap to modify existing towers from GSM/CDMA into LTE. (think of it as a 20%-30% cost upgrade to a new G at blazing fast 100 Mbps down "depending on usage" speed and 50 Mbps up).

Either way, all current headsets will work with all technologies, you will always have 2G/EDGE/3G/4G networks available. It's not as though they're going to drop coverage for you one day "OOPS" and force you to upgrade your headset.

After all, all of these updates to technology are mainly to facilitate data usage on their networks....and those phones that only use Voice Transmissions, still use the same technologies and will continue to only use a certain bandwith (of course until everyone starts video-chatting with the new HTC EVO).
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