No. Existing customers will be able to enjoy the new 4G network speeds as long as they have a mobile Internet data plan or BlackBerry data plan and compatible mobile phone or BlackBerry device. Customers may also upgrade their mobile data plans as their data usage patterns change.
With a network dimensioned for 21 Mbps, typical user speeds will be between 4-15 Mbps at peak periods. Of course, the speed achieved will depend on traffic load, coverage and even more importantly, the mobile device used. Currently there are only a few devices capable of such speeds but LIME will carry 4G devices in its handset range as these devices become available. Like many international carriers, Flow presently stocks an array of smart phones and data capable devices which are capable of download speeds of up to 3.6 or 7.2. These devices will perform exceptionally well on the new 4G network.
We use technology based on the 3GPP family of standards. Currently our mobile networks consist of GSM/GPRS, EDGE/HSDPA and HSPA+/LTE technology. The 3GPP family of standards are the most broadly-deployed worldwide, and allow for our customers to use their mobile devices on networks around the world. The standard determines how the digital wireless signal is transmitted between the mobile device and the cell tower and also manages the limited amount of frequency available in a given location.
Security on 2G (GPRS and EDGE) and 3G networks are all extremely secure and the 4G HSPA+ networks, offer the same level of security mechanisms and are complemented by upgraded security features. Customers should always be cautious when sharing information electronically and should take all necessary precautions to safeguard their personal sensitive informative information.
Yes. Flow's new 4G network has been designed to be easily extendable to support LTE and in the very near future Flow will be rolling out 42 Mbps HSPA+ in some of its countries of operation.
No. You will need to subscribe to one of our mobile data plans. Flow offers a variety of data plans for BlackBerry, smart phone of on-the-go data devices (such as dongles/USB modems).
Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the next step in the mobile network technology evolution from WCDMA/HSPA. While HSPA+ builds on radio and core network technologies from GSM and UMTS (Wideband CDMA), LTE completely transforms the mobile radio network design. It will provide even higher bandwidth, lower latency, and greater mobility than HSPA+, and in the future shared sector bandwidth of well over 100 Mbs thereby allowing customers to realize even greater speeds.
With LTE, customers will enjoy playing games online, downloading and watching High Definition videos or movies even more, and with MiFi hotspot for multiple devices and tablets they will have greater mobility.
We offer up to nine devices that are perfect for mobile data and are 4G compatible. These include BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry 9860, the Apple IPhone 4S the Huawei Mi-fi E586.
However, Flow is committed to offering a range of new high performing 4G devices including USB modems, mobile phones, tablets and MiFi devices at launch. As more devices become 4G devices become available Flow will make every effort to ensure that its customers have access to purchase these devices as they become available.
In any case, don't forget you don't need to get a device as fast as 21 Mbps to enjoy an amazing experience. Already, 3.6 Mbps will give you the feeling of your broadband at home and 7.2 Mbps will give you a faster speed than many people enjoy in their homes today.
The Talk-away discount will be removed from your account to facilitate the bundled minutes plan.
No, this is a Bolt-on plan that can be added to your existing fixed line plan.