Do you leave LTE on 24/7 ?

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  1. Che Castro macrumors 603

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  3. alnova1 macrumors member

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    When I'm on wifi at home I cut data off completely. I have 3gb on AT&T but want to use as little as possible.
     
  4. jmo1116 macrumors regular

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    Of course. LTE is incredibly fast. Way faster than my wifi at home/work.
     
  5. Che Castro thread starter macrumors 603

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    I haven't noticed LTE draining the battery any faster. I go 2 days between charges.
     
  7. alnova1 macrumors member

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    Hasn't for me that I have noticed when I have been in an LTE area for days at a time.
     
  8. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Help us understand. I have always left my 3G on in the past. I leave LTE on now.

    As to LTE being faster than WIFI - I would normally still use WIFI unless it was something I wanted NOW/ASAP. And I did not have concerns about my data usage.
     
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    Yes, is there a good reason why I should not?
     
  11. jlake02 macrumors 68020

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    I don't have LTE in my area yet.

    [​IMG]

    Can't wait to travel for work just to try it out, lol.
     
  12. ben824 macrumors regular

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    I leave LTE on all the time. When on wifi it makes zero difference on whether the data is on or off since all data is being used through the wifi and will not affect data consumption through your carrier, hence the reason why they recommend using wifi whenever possible for those who are data concious.

    I actually find that heavy data use using LTE has a far more positive effect on battery life compared to "4G" (AT&T) that drains the battery very quickly and makes the phone become very warm to the touch like my 4S did.
     
  13. alnova1 macrumors member

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    AT&T, Verizon or sprint?
     
  14. taedouni macrumors 65816

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    I leave it off when I am home because my LTE signal at home isn't that great. Usually it's around 1 or 2 bars an when it switches between 3G and LTE the clock will show the wrong time.
     
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    Yep.

    The only reason I'd turn it off is if I were in an area with no (or very spotty) LTE service.
     
  16. Bigserver1 macrumors regular

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    My LTE is on at all times, button home WiFi connection is faster (25Mbps vs 15-20 LTE in my house) so I use my WiFi connection at home. The only time I turn off cellular at home is if I'm steaming music, just because WiFi seems to shut off when the screen is off and I don't want Pandora to use cellular data when the screen is off.

    It doesn't negatively affect battery life for me. To have LTE on all the time, fwiw.
     
  17. SpyderBite macrumors 65816

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    Leave it on. My data usage hasn't changed by much compare to my past 3G usage. I'm almost always on wifi unless I'm in my car and my phone is in my pocket or docked anyways then.
     
  18. jlake02 macrumors 68020

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    AT&T... thing is I'm in the LA Valley area... not like some small town. AT&T really dropping the ball neglecting such a huge population area. :mad:

    The only saving grace is I get 10-11mb down / 2mb up on HSPA+ in some areas which I consider pretty good.

    Just want my LTE for i5! :cool:
     
  19. shashinca macrumors newbie

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    good to know.
     
  20. macher macrumors 6502a

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    Yes
     
  21. ixodes macrumors 601

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    You've been mislead somehow.

    It's 4G LTE, not just 4G. There is no such thing as 4G except in marketing terms. The correct nomenclature for the high speed service for both AT&T & Verizon is 4G LTE.

    If the phone is very warm, that is another problem.

    I have four different 4G LTE phones on two platforms & two carriers. None of them runs warm. They all stay cool to the touch.
     
  22. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    I use wifi when I can - I have a 2GB data plan.
     
  23. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I looked at CNN's chart to see who has LTE built out where. Verizon has LTE everywhere, At&t has it in about 15 cities with the closest location a 4 hour drive from here and Sprint has it in only about 5 cities. I looked at my At&t bill and it shows my rate plan changing in December from 2GB 3G data to 2GB LTE data in December. My iP5 is supposed to arrive well before then so I can assume At&t intends their 4G LTE in my area to be built out enough to at least bill for it by December. Bottom line: I'll be leaving mine switched off until I'm sure it is built out enough to actually use. At&t's 3G is so much faster than Verizon's 3G, I'm sure it will hold me over until there's enough LTE buildout in the Detroit area to justify leaving it on 24x7.

    This is one of the areas Apple really needs to rethink. On an Android device, I could get a 3rd party "profile manager" to switch on LTE at specific times of day. On iOS, that's considered something apps shouldn't be able to touch.
     
  24. Blueline29 macrumors 68020

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    Nope. I can't connect to my Microcell if LTE is enabled. Grr. I do leave it on when away from home, though.
     

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