Lack of LTE, effect your decision?
Hey all. My wife and I are on a family plan on Verizon and she upgraded (she's primary account holder) to the iPhone 4 back in June. We were grandfathered in to the unlimited Data for the next 2 years. I have an HTC Incredible and I had every intention of purchasing the 4s or 5 whichever they released, but when there was no LTE announced I had second thoughts. Having unlimited data I was excited to take advantage of the faster service and not have to worry about going over. I know that the Prime is coming but I was ready for a jump to iOS. Anyone else have second thoughts after there was no LTE announced? My Verizon store is kinda in the middle of nowhere so I'm sure I can get a 4s this Friday but I'm on the fence right now about what to do. FWIW, I have never had a problem with my Incredible. I'm rooted running the GB update and this phone has been great, so I have nothing against Android at the moment.
- 10-12-2011, 09:33 AM #2
Not at all...the iPhone 4 was already fine for the browsing/DL'ing i did on it, so i would have been fine with like performance...the additional speed the 4S brings to the table, for me, is just icing on the cake.
- 10-12-2011, 09:36 AM #3iPhone Newbie
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My problem is people calling LTE a decisive "thing" like 4g, or 3g for that matter. LTE is long term evolution, meaning it could be 4g,5g,6g and so on, so no I could care less about it.
As far as an iphone capable of 4g(hspa+) or CDMA really? my 3g on my ip4 works wonders, is super fast and really, all I'll need for googling to win arguments at bars!
All in all, 4g in our country technically isn't anywhere CLOSE to what it should be yet...so nope...that crap doesn't bother me a bit. Although, I suppose pornhub would load a lot faster for those that need it!
I really want a 4s JUST for camera/cpu/siri.
That is all
- 10-12-2011, 09:39 AM #4
- 10-12-2011, 09:42 AM #5
Lack for 4G doesn't bother me at all. If the 4S was 4G, the battery would be horrible, and I want a phone that i can take off the charger at 7am, and still have juice left when i put it back on at midnight. And I feel that the websites load fast enough now with the 4. I don't do any big websurfing on my phone.
- 10-12-2011, 09:49 AM #6
- 10-12-2011, 09:52 AM #7
I hoped it would have LTE but because of how the first generation chips aren't battery efficient it was a good idea and one I expected to happen for User Satisfaction on battery life. Hopefully the second generation will have better battery consumption processes.
- 10-12-2011, 09:57 AM #8iMore Intermediate
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I'm a sys admin and have to deal with different phones as well as different carriers.
Most I know who need that speed are happiest with a dedicated hotspot because our users with 4G phones complain about battery life using them a lot and/or some don't like larger and extra batteries.
Others are totally in love with the 4G Android phones they have.
The majority of those we support place highest value on a phone that works well and will get them through the day with one battery charge.
On keeping unlimited data: Look at your usage and find out if you really need it. You can do as I did and get an iPhone used or out of contract too. A little delayed gratification and watching craigslist can do you wonders. Offering to meet the used seller at Verizon store addresses whether or not your phone is stolen and safety.
- 10-12-2011, 10:03 AM #9iPhone Beginner
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I'm fine on 3G. Are you dissatisfied with the data speeds? If the answer is no, then why worry about LTE? A friend of mine is a Neurologist and tells me that both she and her Neurosurgery colleagues worry about these increasingly powerful networks and the risk of brain cancer.
There is always a limit to when more/faster/smaller/bigger etc means better.
- 10-12-2011, 10:07 AM #11
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- 10-12-2011, 10:17 AM #14
I had an lte device and just got tired of the poor battery life so I'm due for an upgrade and ill be getting the 4s. For what I do the extra speed really isn't worth the bad battery and always having to worry if it will make it through the day.
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- 10-12-2011, 11:29 AM #20iMore Intermediate
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While it didn't effect my purchase (purchased a 4S for my wife) it would have been nice to have. I mean, the more features the better. I don't think AT&T (my carrier) charges extra for "4G" service on its phones like Sprint does so, bring on the LTE iPhone 5! That is, assuming, they don't begin to charge extra for an LTE iPhone!
- 10-12-2011, 11:42 AM #21
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- 10-12-2011, 11:48 AM #23iPhone Nanite
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I don't think 4G should be a make it or break it feature until at least 2013. By that time, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint should have (hopefully), 4G coverage in most large cities and the suburbs. At that time, the battery hit should be minimal thanks to improved technology, and more cell towers should have upgraded backhaul to actually provide "4G" speeds! I'm also hoping carriers won't stop developing their 3G networks, since when there is no 3G now, I can fall back to EDGE 2G in most places. It'd be nice to fall back on a developed 3G network when 4G is not available, rather than all the way to 2G!
- 10-12-2011, 11:53 AM #24
I could care less.
If I need speed, I'll use WIFI Routers/Hot Spots.
I look at 3G/4G etc.. as just a convenient way to access the internet on the run. Sure, faster is better. But I don't RELY on cellular data speed. It's just there if I need it.
Besides, AT&T is my carrier and they have the fastest "3.5G" network. It'll suffice.
- 10-12-2011, 11:54 AM #25