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I had their 3-G version of the device that you plug into your usb port. I was getting about half a gig of service, never any more. All they could tell me is that the "system" is 3-G but not necessarily my service (which depends on location and load).
Adios, can't recommend.
Claro 4G in Coronado is junk. They over subscribe and cap data rates. Prior to them capping rates I could get 2MB downstream. Now it is capped at 512MB in the wee hours of the morning when no one else is using it. During the day rates drop to around 128KB even 64KB like RIGHT NOW at 4:00pm in the afternoon. It is a fraud when they tell me the rate should be 1.2MB for 3.5G. I tell them their techies have capped my rates and they over subscribed their service but there is nothing the employees can do about it. The problem is corporate and their lack of providing the service they advertise. The good news is Cable Onda has finally wired my area so I will be switching over.
I forgot to mention that I went to the main Claro center in downtown David four times for "service". On one of the trips, after everyone there assured me there was absolutely nothing they could do to increase the speed, I returned home to find the computer humming at 1.2 gigs (for the first time ever). Three weeks later when I bought a recharge of minutes, the speed suddenly dropped back to 512mb.
Most people misunderstand the term 3G and 4G. They are not a measure of speed. The "G" stands for "Generation" and it is the level of technology being used between the cell tower and the mobile device. 3-G is 3rd Generation Technology.
Is 4G faster than 3G? It can be but not necessarily. Much depends on the number of cell towers servicing the area, number of users on the cell and the bandwidth that particular tower has to the providers network and connection to the Internet.
Mostly, the difference between 3G and 4G is simply used for marketing purposes. Even if fully implemented among all the cell towers (not all cell towers support 4G) and none of the other factors were of concern, the average user would not say "Wow this is faster". In a perfect word, you would see a slight increase in speed but Panama is far from a perfect world.
Again, 3G and 4G is not a measure of actual speed. As with all wireless services, much depends on your particular location, the tower being used and its connection to the service providers network. A better question to ask is this:
"I live in such-and-such a location. Does anyone living nearby me use this service provider? If so, what kind of speed and service are you receiving?" Disregard the 3G & 4G marketing hype.
Well there, I learned something today. Thank you.
Since I was getting such poor speed with Claro, I switched from the $30 per month plan to something around $12 a month. Speed didn't change one bit.
I have both the Claro USB (which I am selling) and the new Claro wireless. Both of these, one can pay either 15 or 40 per month. 40, being the faster speed. I paid the 40 when I was working and never had a issue in Gamboa or Boquete. I now pay 15 per month and am able to watch ustvnow and it works when the electric is out. (as long as it is charged). That has been my experience.