Sprint will up the 4G upload cap from 1.0 to 1.5 Mbps
Did you know that Sprint’s so-called ‘4G’ (a.k.a. WiMax) currently limits your upload speed to 1 Mbps? Some 4G that is.
Anyway, the carrier has bold plans to increase that by an earth-shattering 50%. And while in percentage points that sounds pretty awesome, in real life it only means that your maximum theoretical upload speed will be 1.5 Mbps.
The document seen above, which was leaked to Android Police, suggests that the change will occur on June 10 (hey, that’s tomorrow). However, Sprint has reached out to Phone Scoop and, while confirming the speed boost, has not said that it will happen tomorrow. In fact, Sprint rather strangely said that it didn’t state a specific date when it will take place. That may of course mean that while perhaps initially intending to make the upgrade on June 10, something happened and the carrier isn’t quite ready to do it so soon. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow and see.
However, before you get too excited, understand that what will change (tomorrow or not) is the cap on your theoretical maximum upload speed. Even with today’s 1 Mbps cap, it’s highly unlikely that you’ve ever transferred anything at exactly (or near) 1 Mbps, so don’t expect your next YouTube hit to fly from your phone at 1.5 Mbps starting tomorrow. You probably will see an increase in upload speed, it’s just that in 9 cases out of 10 it won’t be to the new maximum. Just so you know.
We’re now expecting Sprint to launch 5G services later this year, featuring mind-blowing 2 Mbps upload speeds.