- 11-28-2011, 04:46 PM #2
- 12-02-2011, 04:39 PM #3iMore Newbie
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in reality there isnt much of a 4g. company's just use 4g as a marketing term. iphone 4s is still on 3g and is one of the fastest phones out there. att tried to get apple to have just the att version iphone 4s say 4g instead of 3g just to market att having the fastest iphone. apple declined
- 12-02-2011, 04:56 PM #4
- 12-02-2011, 05:40 PM #5
If your on a a GSM network and get a 4S, it will run on HSPA+ if you have that in your area. HSPA+ is what T-Mo calls their 4G network and same with At&t with devices like the Inspire 4G and ect. HSPA+ is faster than typical 3G.
- 12-02-2011, 08:59 PM #6
- 12-02-2011, 09:23 PM #7
It could be 2012 before 4G LTE Verizon iPhone arrives | VentureBeat
Since then, it has been reported in multiple places that Qualcomm's next generation LTE radios will be in production and are expected to be in upcoming Apple devices.
LTE may come to iPad, iPhone next year thanks to latest Qualcomm chips
Qualcomm Chips Fuel Apple's Push Into LTE In 2012 - Forbes
iPhone, iPad may finally get LTE next year thanks to Qualcomm - SlashGear
- 12-02-2011, 10:20 PM #8
- 12-03-2011, 09:21 AM #9
To answer the OP, it is most likely battery life. I have gotten used to poor battery life on smartphones and keep chargers at home, in the car, and at work. The lack of 4G was the deciding factor in not getting the 4S (at least on Verizon anyway). I simply will not sign away another 2 years on 3G speeds after getting a taste of what LTE has to offer. I am going to pick up the Galaxy Nexus when it is available. You can always toggle the 4G off if you want to conserve battery life if you are away from a charger for extended periods of time. Or you can keep a spare battery on hand or a USB charger pack. Battery life is not a big deal for me.
- 12-03-2011, 10:56 AM #10
- 12-03-2011, 11:28 AM #11
- 12-03-2011, 02:19 PM #12
Real 4G doesn't exist yet
Having said all that, LTE is apparently much faster than the original 3G. But it's still not ready for prime time. The 4G data speed requirements are 100 Mbit/s for high mobility communication and 1Gbit/s for stationary and low-mobility communication. LTE is nowhere near that, the chips still use too much power for long battery life, and the LTE networks aren't extensive enough to open it up to the mainstream cell phone user market.
So the "marketing 4G" networks that are being rolled out now are just an interim step. Hopefully that step won't last long before the all-singing, all-dancing "real 4G" comes to market...
- 12-07-2011, 07:23 PM #13
- 12-07-2011, 07:41 PM #14