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    LTE is Overrated

    Quote Originally Posted by moneymike View Post
    Verizon has an unlimited 4g tethering plan for $30 a month but you need to be on a grandfathered unlimited plan to get it. I used to have that before I got a 4s. It was faster and cheaper than my roadrunner service. Just sucked that my phone was always plugged in to charge. I miss watching my apps download almost instantly.
    I think Verizon also throttled like AT&T even on their so called "unlimited" plans. But even if Verizon's unlimited applied to LTE there are loads of reasons to still use Wifi at home IMO.



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    Quote Originally Posted by aox4121
    I think Verizon also throttled like AT&T even on their so called "unlimited" plans. But even if Verizon's unlimited applied to LTE there are loads of reasons to still use Wifi at home IMO.
    I've never been throttled with Verizon. When i tethered my android i would hit 50gb some months and never get throttled. I agree wifi has more uses and is more practical though. Not so much if you live in the sticks and only have limited satellite Internet available. 4g is the best option if your still unlimited and out of cable areas. Just depends on the person and their situation.

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    Wow - all this talk about how fast LTE is made me want to compare it to wifi so I did....5.5mbps on wifi, 20.25mbps on LTE. I know I don't have the fastest home wifi, but I never realized there was that much of a difference!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktez
    Wow - all this talk about how fast LTE is made me want to compare it to wifi so I did....5.5mbps on wifi, 20.25mbps on LTE. I know I don't have the fastest home wifi, but I never realized there was that much of a difference!
    You just proved my point beautifully. You're getting 5 down on your wifi and didn't notice that your LTE was faster until you measured them. Why? Because 5 down is sufficient for most tasks unless your downloading HUGE files. Which you don't want to do on LTE anyway since you'd blow your data cap.

    Thanks for that post.

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    LTE is Overrated

    Quote Originally Posted by perezr10 View Post
    You just proved my point beautifully. You're getting 5 down on your wifi and didn't notice that your LTE was faster until you measured them. Why? Because 5 down is sufficient for most tasks unless your downloading HUGE files. Which you don't want to do on LTE anyway since you'd blow your data cap.

    Thanks for that post.
    I will agree that data caps are a Catch 22 of this new LTE speed. You can easily burn your data very quickly. But the original question shouldn't have been "is LTE over-rated". I think everyone thought that meant in comparison to 3G and 4G (non LTE). LTE can't be "over rated" when it comes to speed - I think we'd all agree.

    But there are hidden pitfalls in having all this speed now. Agreed. I think that it's only grandfathered-in people still on the Verizon unlimited who are worry free about their LTE usage.lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by aox4121
    But the original question shouldn't have been "is LTE over-rated". I think everyone thought that meant in comparison to 3G and 4G (non LTE). LTE can't be "over rated" when it comes to speed - I think we'd all agree.

    The statement of LTE being overrated was in reference to its position as a new feature on the new iPhone 5. And I still say its overrated. Netflix performs no different for me, songs on Pandora sound the same, and web browsing feels the same.

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    LTE is Overrated

    I can agree with that when you have poor reception for LTE or 4G as it will revert to 3g performance however when you are downloading at speeds of 50 to 60mb per sec it is a massive increase in performance. The only devices that support 4g or LTE are the 4th generation iPad 4g., iPhone 5, and iPad mini 4g.

    One other area is tethering... When in Melbourne Australia recently I tethered my iPad 3 wifi to the iPhone 5 and speed test on the iPad was around 50mbs per sec. I was able to complete an upgrade which I needed in no time at all. Web browsing was a dream.

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    LTE is Overrated

    Quote Originally Posted by Col.bris View Post
    I can agree with that when you have poor reception for LTE or 4G as it will revert to 3g performance however when you are downloading at speeds of 50 to 60mb per sec it is a massive increase in performance. The only devices that support 4g or LTE are the 4th generation iPad 4g., iPhone 5, and iPad mini 4g.
    One correction: the 3rd gen iPad 4G also supports LTE. I know cause I have one on Verizon and I clocked 60mb down on LTE on several occasions on my 3rd gen iPad. The readout next to Verizon also says LTE.

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    LTE is Overrated

    Yes and no the ipad 3generation so called 4g supports only one type of LTE and that is for Verizon in USA and I believe one other carrier. In the rest of the world it is not supported and that is why Apple was sued for $3 million dollars by ACCC Australia government watch dog for false advertising . The same applied in England and Europe. Now Apple has 2 version models of the iPhone 5, ipad mini and also iPad 4 th generation.

    That was also one of the main reasons Apple released the iPad 4 4g within 6 months as they were loosing sales world wide because of the issue.

    It's cool I guess living in America one expects this forum to be USA only but that is far from the truth as we have members from many countries world wide.



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    LTE is Overrated

    Quote Originally Posted by Col.bris View Post
    Yes and no the ipad 3generation so called 4g supports only one type of LTE and that is for Verizon in USA and I believe one other carrier. In the rest of the world it is not supported and that is why Apple was sued for $3 million dollars by ACCC Australia government watch dog for false advertising . The same applied in England and Europe. Now Apple has 2 version models of the iPhone 5, ipad mini and also iPad 4 th generation.

    That was also one of the Marin reasons the released the iPad 4 4g within 6 months as they were loosing sales world wide because of the issue.

    It's cool I guess living in America one expects this forum to be USA only but that is far from the truth as we have members from many countries world wide.
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    Thanks for that reminder of the minimal LTE bands with 3rd gen. I had read that but forgot. And the AT&T version of 3rd gen also supported real LTE, not just Verizon.

    And there's a reason why these forums tend to contextualize in American terms: America is Apple's largest market.


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