How much different is 4G LTE vs 3G?

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  1. TantalizedMind macrumors 6502a

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    I've read up a litte online and what I seen is that 4G LTE is 10x faster than 3G. I'm used to 3G speeds and have never used a phone with 4G. Will I notice THAT much of a difference?
     
  2. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    Yes 3G is insanely slow, but nothing is worse than 1x on Verizon.
     
  3. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    LTE can be faster than wifi sometimes. LTE is so much better than 3G. You could easily see 10x the speed of 3G. I know I have.
     
  4. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    At my apartment (which ill only be here a few more weeks THANK YOU LORD) I either have 1x or 2 bars of 3G. When I'm on 2 bars of 3G it still feels slow but I cry and curse my phone off when I'm on Safari when the white circle appears. I just sit there for 3 minutes to wait for a page to load! Forget about Facebook! lol
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Are you sure? :D

    1x on Sprint is pretty bad.

    Roaming on Sprint is an improvement. At least you're not on the Sprint network then.
     
  6. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sprint & Boost Mobile. You're better off using smoke signals.
     
  7. luckydcxx macrumors 65816

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    My AT&T LTE is really fast in NYC. I don't think I could ever go back to 3G.
     
  8. b3av3r macrumors regular

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    Look outside at midnight. Look outside at noon.

    That is difference between 3G and LTE (as long as you have a good LTE signal).
     
  9. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Too many variables.

    Wcdma "3G" hspa plus (fake 4g) can run just as fast (15-20 Mbps) as LTE under some circumstances.

    CDMA (Verizon and sprint) 3G too out around 2.5 mpbs so much slower than hspa 3G fake 4g.
     
  10. cynics macrumors G3

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    This.

    It depends on network type and area.

    In my area ATT 3G HSPA+ ("4G") is faster then Verizon's LTE. That's comparing a GSM network to CDMA.

    CDMA like Verizon's 3G is very very slow IMO so switch to their LTE network is a noticeable difference.
     
  11. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Except sometimes EDGE on AT&T, which has twice the latency as 1x.

    Both are old 2G technologies.

    OP: yes, LTE is very fast.
     

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