Is 4g really that fast over 3g?

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  1. pauly1 macrumors regular

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    I used Virgin mobile with their 3g. Internet was okay but not fast like it is with wifi. I hear ppl say 4g is very fast but is it really that fast over 3g? Also... isn't wifi faster than both 3g and 4g though?
     
  2. cynics macrumors G4

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    Most people refer to HSPA+ as 4G not to be confused with LTE.

    Speed wise 3G > 4G(HSPA+) > LTE

    Actual speeds vary but with each step is a very noticeable increase in speeds. Some people have as fast or faster LTE speeds then most have wifi speeds with similar ping times.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I noticed a difference going from 3G to "4G" on AT&T. If I recall correctly, my 3G download speeds never went past 3mbps, while I've seen 5-7mbps downloads on "4G".

    Going to LTE is an even larger jump. I typically get 30mbps, and I've even seen slightly over 60mbps.
     
  4. pauly1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Would you say its that big of difference though?
     
  5. ds705 macrumors member

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    I think you got that backwards, LTE>4G>3G
     
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Are the '>' symbols being used as progression (which would be work I guess) or as actual comparison symbols, in which case it would seem that '>' would be more fitting in those instances? Just curious.
     
  7. cynics macrumors G4

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    Oops, I didn't think that through. I was using it like I would directions, settings > general > Usage, etc etc...

    Regardless I meant 3G < 4G < LTE...
     
  8. Bobby Corwen macrumors 68030

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    Yeah for example especially when streaming content, and loading web pages.

    The raw speed of LTE is similar to wifi, but the loading time is more hesitant/inconsistent. But overall its in the same ballpark of potential speeds.

    The speed of 4G is like a step below and streaming a video might be really fast, but it could also take a second to load. You can have video conversations like this and above.

    With 3G its like a whole different world and you may even have to rebuffed in the middle of a video. And web pages, when you load them there is a noticeable delay of whole seconds. video chats are way worse.
     
  9. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    It's noticeable enough that I wouldn't want to go back to "4G," let alone 3G.
     
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You're talking about Virgin mobile.
    Don't expect anything fast. Their CDMA 3G is a turtle anyway.
     
  11. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a

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    I went from "4G" HSPA+ to true 4G LTE and the difference is clearly noticeable. As said above, you won't want to go back (and you will like it)!
     
  12. antiprotest macrumors 65816

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    The fastest I've gotten on AT&T LTE was 69 down 17 up, probably faster than most people's wifi. Usually not that fast but still very fast with low latency. Not nearly as good in some areas I suspect, like NYC.
     

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