How do you know you are on LTE?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by smoothisfast, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    Just got my AT&T iPad. Is there a visual indication when I'm connected to LTE? It says 4G but that could mean HSPA+
     
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    r.j.s

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    It will say LTE
     
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    ZBoater

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    Doh!

    Yes, THIS.
     
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    Will it only say this if you have bought a plan? Out of the box, mine shows 3 bars, the word Verizon and the wi-fi symbol.
     
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    Turn off Wifi and see what it says then.
     
  6. macrumors 65816

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    Yes, you have to buy a plan. Plus, if you are on Wi-Fi, it will show the wi-fi symbol / signal whether or not you have a cell plan. I assume this is your first iOS device. :)

    Tony
     
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    Darn. It is my first xG iPad device, but it's early and my brain didn't put 2+2 together that it would act like my iPhone. :eek:
     
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    Pardon a stupid question. Can someone confirm whether an AT&T iPad will say LTE if no data plan is active, or if it just says 4G?

    I don't really need a data plan today so would rather not buy one to find out. Coverage maps says I should be in solid LTE yet am just seeing 4G indicator.

    Thanks.
     
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    ZBoater

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    Yes, it will say LTE, and it is AWESOME!!!!

    (sorry, I don't know whether it will say LTE if no data plan is active. I activated both my iPads so I can't say. But when active, it will say LTE if you are in an LTE area).
     
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    I am also in an area labeled LTE but only getting 4G.
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    Before I transferred my data plan to my new iPad, it just said 'searching' in the upper left corner. It only showed AT&T 4g after I activated the plan (no lte in my area). In the settings menu it will indicate its an AT&T device though with or wo a plan.
     
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    Thanks, without activating a dataplan, mine shows AT&T 4G with no delay or issues. I'm puzzled in that the coverage maps suggest I should be in a solid LTE area, and I am definitely in solid AT&T coverage usually with 4 or five bars. With the comments about needing to be provisioned for LTE, I was wondering if maybe it didn't show LTE until there was a dataplan.

    Since mine didn't arrive until dinnertime last night I've not been out to see if I get different results elsewhere.

    Yes it'd be as easy as signing up for a plan, but I don't really need one this month so figured I'd ask. (and no, I don't particularly trust what AT&T reps would say else I'd have called them)
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    Well I looked at my old iPad currently without a data plan and it says AT&T 4g. Mine may have initially said searching because it wasn't configured or something.

    It's a good question. Let me know if you find out. Maybe some friends in your area or another known lte area can help out. Either way I think it's safe to say that AT&T lte is still in its early stages.
     
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    Starfyre

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    I am on Verizon, I just turned off my Wifi and it says "3G", does that mean... LTE is not in my area? O_O?
     
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    This happened to me and I'm surprised no one else has mentioned it.
    I got the AT&T one and it never showed LTE even thought it is supported in my areas.

    As soon as I bought the data plan, the LTE lit up and I get full speeds.
     
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    Starfyre

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    Did it say 3G or something else before you bought data plan?
     
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    ZBoater

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    That means you are not getting an LTE signal, or could mean you are not signed up for a LTE data plan.
     
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    Starfyre

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    I am not signed up for an LTE data plan, or any data plan at all. I want to know if there is some way to know for certain without looking at a picture of a map that i have LTE available before plunging the money for a data plan. I do not want to buy a data plan without knowing for certain and get 3G speeds. I will have to switch ATT if this is the case. Seeing 3G next to the Verizon text on the indicator concerns me a bit.
     
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    If you are not signed up (AT&T or Verizon), you will not see the LTE network, and your iPad will not say LTE.
     
  20. macrumors 65816

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    It had a consistent 4G like my iPhone 4s.
    I turned on and off cellular and LTE and it always showed 4g until I actually purchased.
     
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    I'm confused about this, too. I haven't started my cellular account yet and only get a 3G indicator on my iPad 3. This, even though I'm in a 4G LTE area.
     
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    You don't get LTE until you sign up.
     
  23. macrumors G4

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    My Verizon iPad said "3G" until I purchased the data plan, at which point the LTE indicator turned on.
     
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    Why don't you want to look at a map?
     
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    You'll know you're on LTE when the network is twice as fast as the usual wifi.:D
     

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