Turn off LTE?
I was just reading this article on todaysiphone.com that mentioned how LTE uses more data to do the same things as 3G. I really don't want to go over my data limit, and for now (until I get the phone and figure things out) I only have the 2gb plan on VZW.
Here's a link: iPhone 5 to double mobile data consumption for iOS - TodaysiPhone.com
So, here's the question: Is there normally a way to turn off LTE and go with 3G only? With my current 3G phone, I rarely approach 1gb, let alone 2gbs. I know just because the iPhone 5 will do more than my current phone, I'll likely use more data. Add in LTE sucking up extra data, and I may be in trouble.
- 09-18-2012, 07:10 AM #2
- 09-18-2012, 07:41 AM #3
- 09-18-2012, 07:58 AM #4
I think you may be reading that wrong. The article isn't saying that LTE uses more data than 3G to do the same thing. It's saying people that have LTE connections tend to use more data.
For example, if you stream a YouTube clip over a 3G phone, let's say it uses 10mb of data to play that clip. (I just made that amount up. No idea how much it actually uses) A LTE phone streaming the same clip will use the same 10mb for that clip. What the article is alluding to is that because the connection is so much faster, people who would normally have avoided streaming a video because of buffering, video quality etc. will now stream more movies and clips. But data consumption for the same action is equal no matter what the connection is.
- 09-18-2012, 08:14 AM #5
- 09-18-2012, 08:28 AM #6
"This is not a huge surprise. LTE will make it just that much each easier for iOS users to do all the things they love on their phones. Whatís more, 4G data connections simply require more data to deliver those super quick speeds that everyone is so excited for."
- 09-18-2012, 08:57 AM #8
Delivering higher speeds definitely requires more bandwidth; but that third paragraph must be understood in the context of the rest of the article.
Every time an iPhone is equipped with a quicker mobile internet connection, a sizable increase in mobile data consumption isnít far behind. Continuing with that trend, one mobile intelligence analyst firm predicts that the 4G LTE-equipped iPhone 5 will double the total data consumption of iPhone users.
- 09-18-2012, 08:59 AM #9
- 09-18-2012, 09:28 AM #11
Yeah, I think they should have said it requires more bandwidth. But not actual data consumption. I could be way off, but my understanding of how cellular data works is that no matter the connection type, the same amount of data is transferred. A 3G or LTE or Wi-fi connection all uses the same amount of data to transfer a file. If you think about it, if you download an attachment that is 200mb, how could LTE use 250mb to transfer that? It doesn't make sense to me how that could be.
- 09-18-2012, 09:46 AM #12
- 09-18-2012, 09:55 AM #13
- 09-18-2012, 10:02 AM #14
I would think some things on the iphone 5 will increase data. Front camera is HD. For video streaming, an app may detect a faster connection and give you better quality...which means more data. The iOS 5 youtube app didn't play in HQ did it? (I never used it).
I don't know about data usage doubling, but I'd expect it to go up.
- 09-18-2012, 12:11 PM #15
I've seen a couple sources around the Internet showing that there is an LTE toggle as well as a Data toggle.
What is interesting to me, is this would be the first AT&T LTE phone that allows the user to turn off LTE. Next time you're in an AT&T store, pick up a phone and try to turn LTE off. I think AT&T wants people off their congested HSPA+ network and wants them using more data towards their bandwidth caps on LTE. (/conspiracy)
- 09-18-2012, 12:55 PM #16