AT&T Website Claims iPhone is 4G...

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  1. Chundles macrumors G4

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    US carriers have been promoting HSPA+ as 4G for ages.
     
  2. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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  4. ihonda macrumors 68000

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A406 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Shame.. AT&T is lame for this one
     
  5. Menel macrumors 603

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    Why?

    The international standards body ITU, TMobile, Sprint, Verizon, most manufacturers from Motorola, HTC, Samsung etc all consider HSPA+ to be 4G.

    Why shame on ATT when they are just toting the industry standard line for what is true?
     
  6. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Considering that not even the current implementation of LTE is truly meeting the ITU standard for "4G," then all carriers claiming to have it are pretty lame.

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    Actually no, they don't.

    http://www.itu.int/ITU-R/index.asp?category=information&rlink=imt-advanced&lang=en

     
  7. Menel macrumors 603

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  8. macsimo macrumors newbie

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    Although commonly referred to as a type of 4G wireless service, LTE release 8 currently in use does not satisfy the requirements set forth by the ITU-R organization. Future releases of LTE (referred to as LTE Advanced) are expected to satisfy the requirements to be considered 4G.
     
  9. AlphaVictor87 macrumors 6502a

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    how do you consider the 4s to be partially supported?
     
  10. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

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    Actually T-Mobile started marketing their HSPA+ network as 4G before anyone else which led to a competitive advantage b/c most consumers are not knowledgeable about the actual difference b/w 3G and 4G (but obviously 4G sounds better). In order to be able to compete, AT&T had to do the same and began marketing their HSPA+ network as 4G as well even though they were already planning their LTE deployment (which is why they now have 2 4G networks). I can't blame AT&T for this move from a business perspective...if anyone should be blamed, look at T-Mobile.
     
  11. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    In terms of speed.

    The iPhone 4S only supports a maximum data rate of 14.4mbps (and the actual speed will be much less than that after overheads).

    Some HSPA+ devices sold by AT&T support speeds up to 42mbps.

    I don't consider HSPA+ at 42mbps to be 4G, so I certainly don't consider a device limited to only 14.4mbps to be 4G.
     
  12. jlhandy macrumors newbie

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  13. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    It's pretty clear to me.
     

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