LTE is Overrated

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    I'm sure glad I didn't buy my iphone for the LTE because I don't see much difference over 3G. Granted, I was getting 3-11mb of download on my AT&T iPhone 4S. Web pages don't seem to load any faster, music sounds no better, and videos look the same. And who is gonna bust their data caps downloading movies?

    I get 40mb of download in Jackson MS and its no big deal really. No difference whatsoever from 7mb of download on my wife's 4S.

    Or perhaps 3G on Verizon's notoriously crappy slow network was so bad that everyone assumed LTE was the only way to get decent mobile Internet.
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    LTE connectivity and speed is going to be a "six to one and 1/2 dozen to another" conversation. It truly depends on the market (area you live) you're using your iPhone in. In St. Louis... LTE internet surfing, downloads, video viewing, etc. is ridiculously faster and more smooth than standard AT&T 4G. Again... depends on your market.
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    How fast do you want this is Ipswich in Qld Australia. Double cable speed

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    My point is the opposite. I'm happy with 3-11mb of download. I see no improvement with LTE speeds.
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    I guess then in that case don't bother upgrading regardless as I said in my post it will get better and all devices will support it if it is poor reception then it will drop down to 3G speed


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    In my case with Sprint in Fort Wayne, IN, the worst market for Sprint, I was getting 0.15 download speeds. With a network that is not quite half way up, I am getting 10MB download speeds on LTE. This far Sprint is putting up LTE in the areas where 3G is the slowest, for the most part.

    We have just come into the cold part of the year and I am sure they will slow down until the towers are safer to work on and around. But I am eagerly waiting the finish of LTE, it is a vast improvement over 3G in my area.
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    So, you're getting a 6x increase in download speeds and don't see any benefit?

    I'm not sure I understand how that's possible...are you saying that you ran it side by side with your wife's 4s, downloading at 7mb, and your 5 at 40mb wasn't downloading anything any faster?

    If that's the case, something is weird, unless what you were testing was so complex that the processor couldn't keep up with incoming data, which also doesn't make sense to me
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    Like copd said, faster is faster. Period. If you don't like faster - then that's a personal preference thing. In every measurable way, even in the newer markets for LTE, LTE is the fastest. I agree with Thomas that in some markets the difference will be smaller. Perhaps you're in one of those markets. But in my area I get 50-60mb down on LTE. That's 10x the 5mb down I was getting with AT&T 4G. Overrated? I think not. ;)
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    I'm averaging 38 down (with as much as 63) and 10 up (with a high of 21.5), which is at least three times faster than I get on wifi, and ten times faster than I got with 3g/ATT's "4g." I'm thinking about just tethering my laptop to the thing, it would quadruple my connection speed.
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    Something seems wrong that LTE could top Wifi. I've heard that from a few - but the theoretical top of Wifi is still well beyond LTE at its best. Am I missing anything, guys?
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    Wifi speed depends on the speed & bandwidth of the landline Internet connection supplying it. If you're on 10MB/sec terrestrial Internet w/ wifi... of course 39MB/sec LTE is gonna be blazing.
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    The wireless router and modem also play a role in speeds. :)
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    Ah.. yes, of course. With my Comcast wide open thru a DOCSYS 3modem Wirelness N - I regularly get 60MB down and 15up. So I guess LTE is approaching or topping most Home services. Hey - I should call Comcast and ask them - how they're going to compete with my blazing LTE! Haha.. Haven't thought about that recently. Thanks all!
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    Not worth it??? This was in Atlanta! And as you can see It was during a heavy traffic time too. $image.jpg
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    it's obvious LTE speeds vary with Country/City/Network..... Here in the UK the LTE network is just starting to roll out...and is very expensive.

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    Dang, I don't know what LTE speeds are around me but if I could pull some of the speeds pictured I'd drop charter and just use my phone. I'm only pulling 10M-18M off my charter connection.


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    The more I think about this there're a number of impracticalities in using just your phone as your only Internet source via tethering; not the least of which is that your phone has a cap in terms of data usage over which you'll have to pay more money. I don't think we realize just how much we use our Wi-Fi at home for data and just how much data we use on Wi-Fi. So it is possible that LTE is faster than our current Wi-Fi but our Wi-Fi is truly unlimited in a fixed rate plan we pay monthly. There is no truly unlimited unthrottled tethering plan out there with any of the major cellular companies to my knowledge.

    Then the other issue is that, from the friends I have in the business, I've learned that both Comcast and Verizon, here in the US, in their current fiber-optic lines coming to our homes, have theoretical pipes as large as 205 MB downstream that we simply don't have available to us yet in terms of residential or business services. Then of course they will build wireless routers able to handle that much data as well and once again Wi-Fi will be king !! So LTE being almost as fast or faster than our current home or business Wi-Fi is only a very temporary thing.
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    I get up to 60mb of down at times and, no, it's no big deal. You are missing my point. My point is that once you get over like 5mb of down, it doesn't seem to make a difference. Videos play the same, Spotify plays the same, Facebook is the same etc. I could get 5mb of down on AT&T 3G before.

    I'm not doubting the speed of LTE, It just seems to play an insignificant role in making my phone feel any faster. I go back and forth between my iPhone 5 and my wife's 4S and they feel about the same.
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    We have very different experiences. I guess you don't surf or download files much. The 4S is a toy in comparison to a 5 in surfing and downloading experience on LTE and in general speed of use due to A6 processor on the 5. I've only done store comparison so far - but no comparison of any kind. But I respect your experience, it's just not mine.
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    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.

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