What is the point of LTE?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by hello12, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2012
    Does LTE have a better connection inside buildings and such? Because my unlocked iphone on tmobile just started using 3G the other day, and its super fast... like instant and as fast as wifi. What would even be the point of LTE?
  2. macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2008
    LTE is technology that can and will be built upon. LTE Advanced and eventual VOLte. It's seen as the next milestone for both Voice and Data services.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    That's because you're on T-mobile which has HSPA+ 42, AT&T sprint and Verizon does not go up to 42
  4. macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    T-Mobile's 3G is very fast but it's theoretical speed limit is 42mbps. LTE has a 100mbps theoretical limit. It's a more latent connection but yeah in terms of actual usefulness on a phone, once you get past 15mbps the speeds become just something that looks nice on a Speedtest app. T-Mobile mainly needs LTE from a marketing standpoint to say that they have it since the other 3 carriers have it now.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    Highest speed test I've ever hit on my S2 on Tmo was 10mbps..and that was rare. It mostly tests around 6-8mbps download and 1-2mbps upload which is no where close to decent wifi.

    On the other hand, my friends iphone 5 on ATT LTE can constantly hit 30mbps down and 7-8mbps up. Now that is cable internet speeds.

    This is all tested in Houston, TX where we have great coverage.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2012
    Once you experience a good LTE connection, everything else is just too slow.

    Telstra - Adelaide Australia.


    Rogers - Scarborough Canada


  7. macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Somewhere I read that LTE was the first mobile standard built with data as a primary focus or something like that. I don't know whether it will help in buildings, but the speeds of LTE are crazy fast compared to all 3G. I'm assuming when voice is transferred to LTE, it should get better quality. Maybe, dare I dream, we could get 128k quality instead of the crappy audio phones have always had.
  8. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    LTE isn't that big of a deal if you're using GSM, but for CDMA, it's the next thing up. CDMA is already very slow, and the technology is at its end. In other words, CDMA technology cannot be improved anymore to offer the service that GSM providers are offering on their HSPA+ Networks, let alone HSPA.

    CDMA = Sprint, Verizon

    To put it in perspective, T-Mobile's HSPA+ network probably gets 6-10 Mb/s. I haven't seen Verizon got past 0.55-1 Mb/s. And don't even ask me about Sprint...
  9. macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2011
    If you have a really good T-Mobile 3G or AT&T fauxG signal the difference isn't as drastic. But as mentioned, if your coming from CDMA is a massive massive upgrade.
  10. macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2012
    That's surprising.. From reading the boards it seems like Verizon's LTE network is much faster and superior than ATT in Los Angeles and also a lot faster?
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    What good is LTE speed when your phone bill is $100 per month and all you get is a 2GB data limit.

    Seems more of a money making scam than anything of good use or value.

    Let me know when it's available at $45 a month without a contract and $350 early termination fee that can go against your credit score. If someone can't afford to keep paying the monthly bill, how are they going to afford the ETF?
  12. macrumors demi-god

    Oct 14, 2005
    Virginia Beach
    On Verizon 3G, if you go to download a song or install an app, it could take several minutes. On Verizon LTE, the same things now often take 10 seconds.

    Like everyone said, on AT&T and T-Mobile going from 3G to 4G to LTE isn't a big increase on speed usually. But for the millions of people on Verizon and Sprint, the speed increase that LTE brings is about the same magnitude as you just having going from EDGE to 3G on T-Mobile. Night and day difference.

    Hmm, I don't know of any big carriers in the US that charge extra for LTE (or charge less for 3G).
  13. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2012
    The thread-starter is absolutely right. There's no need for LTE speeds when 3G speeds of a mere 3mbps is already enough to do everything so quickly on a mobile phone.

    The only useful use of LTE is for the personal hotspot feature to connect to a com/laptop for an insanely fast internet connection.
  14. macrumors demi-god

    Oct 14, 2005
    Virginia Beach
    3G speeds aren't fast everywhere.

    The #1 and #3 largest carriers here in the US are CDMA, where typical speeds don't exceed .5 mbps.

    That's the majority of Americans.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    Lte in my experience has much lower ping times so you're never waiting around.
  16. macrumors 603


    Apr 6, 2007
    The point that is being missed entirely is that LTE adds capacity and forces carriers to add backhaul. More people can be using the network without overloading the network.
  17. macrumors 68040


    Jun 21, 2010
    Lower latency. Higher speeds. Better building penetration (700mhz band).

    I can get stupid fast data speeds in places where my previous phones would barely get on EDGE. (inside buildings)


    That's also because LTE is much more efficient at managing data and high amounts of users. That is why we probably won't see LTE choke in high user areas, like we saw 3G/EVDO do.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2012
    The point of LTE is to make you use up your data plan up as fast as possible in the name of more monies.
  19. macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    Because LTE is newer and better technology. I bet once T-Mobile gets LTE you aren't going to be asking what's the point of LTE.
  20. macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    LTE's faster than my home internet! Just wish I didn't have a data cap :(
  21. macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    I wish I had LTE where I lived.
  22. macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2006
    Me too, if it wasn't capped I would get rid of my home broadband and tether.
  23. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    No, just no. I get 50-60 regular in ATL. Everything else is not 'just to slow'.

    I drop to 4G when I go upto Chattanooga and pull 7-9mbps. And I can't tell a bit of difference for Mail, Safari, YouTube, or streaming iTunes Match/Pandora.

    LTE is overkill for mobile handsets.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    LTE is actually faster than wifi.

    Until you use it, you really don't know what your missing. Imagine streaming movies in HD INSTANTLY.
  25. macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2010
    You can watch all of one HD movie before you start paying a second arm and leg. Obscene overage charges can track up like the is no tomorrow.

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