HSPA in Hong kong (PCCW,3,smartone,etc)

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    Quote Originally Posted by helloword232
    so as far as speed wise when surfing the web; 3G and HSPA are pretty much the same????
    Web surfing performance 'on the go' will depend on a number of factors, including network coverage, capacity utilization, location of sites accessed, etc. Pretty much the same considerations as for regular internet speed (cf. several other threads on this site about ISP performance), with the added complexity that you are constantly changing BTSs as you are moving. General network coverage, network management, etc. might very well make a difference in that respect, but I do not have sufficient first-hand experience to comment on which provider offers the hihgest quality service (if there are significant differences).

    What I can attest from personal experience is that for simple web surfing the difference between regular 3G and HSPA is not major. It is a different story for applications such as VPN connections, (larger) file transfers, exchange server synchronizations, etc.

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    Currently most of the telco in the market offers mobile data services. Some telcos brand it as mobile broadband, HSPA, etc.
    Basically the service you purchase is mobile data service. Whether or you are camped on 2G or 3G depends on your handset capability.
    If you are using the old 2G phone, you will use GPRS/EGPRS to access the data service.
    If you are using the 3G phone, you will use 3G/WCDMA to access.
    If you are using the 3G with HSDPA capable phone, you will use HSDPA to access.

    Speed wise,
    GPRS/EGPRS ~ 12kbps to 59kbps depending on phone model
    3G/WCDMA ~ 384kbps
    3G/HSDPA/HSPA ~ 1.8Mbps to 7.2Mbps depending on phone model

    To make things simple, what you as a subscriber should care is just the pricing of the plan.
    For example, 1010 offers $168 for 100MB, $568 for unlimited.
    There are too many plans with different bundles. So you just need to make the comparison based on your need.

    If you just want to do some browsing on your mobile while commuting, I think 100MB or 150MB is more than enough for you to use. However, you have to bear in mind that if you use more than what you subscribed, you will be charged at $2/MB!


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    For example, 1010 offers $168 for 100MB, $568 for unlimited.
    Read the terms and conditions on this. the unlimited is subject to their fair use policy, which limits you to a paltry 1GB.

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