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Old 06-10-2012, 15:02
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Just got an e-mail from Expansys with a headline offer to get ready for 4G.

The device they are suggesting buying is the Huawei E586 Wi-fi Mobile Modem which has been on sale in the UK for some time.

This device is NOT 4G capable. It is 3G HSPA+ capable only up to speeds of 21Mbps. A newer model now available which features DC HSPA+ with speeds up to 42Mbps called the E587.

The real 4G Wi-Fi modem soon to be released by Huawei is the E5776 which has support for not only DC HSPA+ but LTE on a variety of frequencies.

Well done to Expansys for starting the deliberate consumer confusion that will no doubt see lots of vendors pitching old stuff as 4G compatable.
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Old 06-10-2012, 15:28
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Old 06-10-2012, 19:27
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Good.... consumers can do without this type of blatent misrepresentation.

3.5, 3.75 etc is NOT 4G.

4G is LTE and companies like Expansys know that.

I had respect for Expansys because they are generally first to offer new technology, especially mobile devices and I have seriously considered buying from them but after getting an e-mail from them describing a well known 3G device as 4G it made me think twice about doing business with them ever.
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Old 06-10-2012, 19:31
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Yeah, i was very surprised when I got the mail too. Poor show.
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Old 06-10-2012, 20:01
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Yeah, i was very surprised when I got the mail too. Poor show.
Absolutely disgusting marketing by Expansys.

They should be ashamed of themselves for that type of deliberate deception.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:43
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Agreed. Of course LTE isn't true 4G either. It would be better described as 3.9G. This only makes Expansys' email even more misleading.
While I think that 4G shouldn't be being used at all I can see that calling it LTE would only cause more confusion and later versions of LTE advanced could possibly reach true 4G speeds.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:09
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Isn't Expansys owned by a certain Dragon from BBC's Dragons' Den going by the name of Peter Jones. I got the same e-mail from them and it certainly wasn't 4G.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:58
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Isn't Expansys owned by a certain Dragon from BBC's Dragons' Den going by the name of Peter Jones. I got the same e-mail from them and it certainly wasn't 4G.
I'm sure he doesn't write the emails through
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:14
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Isn't Expansys owned by a certain Dragon from BBC's Dragons' Den going by the name of Peter Jones. I got the same e-mail from them and it certainly wasn't 4G.
aye he is on the directors board. made sure i included him in my mass tweet though
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:41
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email him.

the asa will take months to deal with it and then they will do nothing other than say it must not be run again.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:43
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email him.

the asa will take months to deal with it and then they will do nothing other than say it must not be run again.
Yeh but it's stil more public embarassment for the company
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