Any downside to using 4G over LTE if its faster?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by greenbreadmmm, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    First off just got my new iphone 5 today and I love it. This thing is so fast at everything it does. There was a small scuff on the side but how can you complain when you put a case on it anyways.

    My question is here in Chicago I am pulling around 4-9 mbps down and 5-7 up on LTE. This is not very good. So i decided to turn off LTE and try out the 4G network. I was pulling 9-10 down and 2 up.

    So I guess my question is besides having a better upload speed, is there any real reason to use the slower LTE over the 4G network? Battery life, or anything along those lines?

    Thanks all.
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    If those are indeed the speeds you are experiencing, just stay on the 4G network. 9-10 download speeds are pretty decent, should be able to carry you through your daily usage without any lag or problems.

    Maybe you'd see an increase in battery life, but it will be very slight. No fuss in this aspect.
     
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    tymaster50

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    it's the same thing man, once you're over 3mbps it just becomes a number if you're doing basic activities (browsing, instagram,twitter,facebook, etc...)
     
  4. macrumors 65816

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    Lol I thought it needs around 5mbps or something. I could live with 3G my whole life if I get this kind of speeds. :cool:
     
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    sviato

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    The downside may be that you've been successfully convinced that hspa+ is "4G" ;)
     
  6. macrumors 68040

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    4G and LTE is the same thing. If you're on a network like AT&T, then they advertise HSPA+ as being 4G, but it's actually like 3.5G.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    You can perform most applications with a consistent 1-2 Mbps down and up.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    I'm getting 20+ Mbps here in Denver and around 5 Mbps when on HSPA+. I use LTE all the time because it loads everything so fast, but with HSPA being around 5, I wouldn't mind using that all the time to get better battery life.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors regular

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    well oddly enough I am getting better results in the middle of the day. Now pulling 13 down on LTE and only 2 on 4g.... so strange
     
  10. macrumors 65816

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    Have to do with how much web traffic there is at that time. If its very congested and there are many users, naturally it'll be slightly slower.
     

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