I've seen the advertisement by China Telecom for the new 4G, so how good/ bad is it in real life?
Depends on whether you access mainly foreign sites or china ones.
The bottleneck on foreign sites is the GFW so sites still have a hard time establishing and maintaining a connection. But if you do get a good connection, the download speeds are noticeably faster.
Coverage is the other factor. I live downtown so coverage is pretty good. But even here it sometimes reverts to 3G. I'm on Unicom though, which has the weakest coverage.
Pricing on 4G is pretty much the same as for 3G at my usage levels. Not sure if that is a Unicom thing.
thanks. i tried it last week on a friend's phone and was quiet amazed with coverage and speed - but for me China Telecom way to go:)
will upgrade when there is an offer i can't refuse