Is it worth getting the iPhone 5 with no LTE?

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  1. iDannyxD macrumors member

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    The iPhone 5 is available here in Ireland for €679 off contract, but locked to a network, no network in Ireland have LTE, is there a point paying that much for being unable to use LTE?
     
  2. macher macrumors 6502a

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    Here in the USA where I'm located I get good HSPA+ speeds. In fact I have LTE off most of the time. I didn't buy the iPhone because of LTE.

    Does Ireland have decent non LTE network?
     
  3. dave420 macrumors 65816

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    What phone are you using currently? There are a lot of advantages to the iPhone 5 besides LTE. If you already have a 4S it may just be a good idea to wait until the next model.
     
  4. QuasarZ macrumors member

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    What do you have now? I am in a US city with no LTE right now and am happy. My last phones never had it so I am not missing out on something I am not used to. The iPhone is certainly a nice change from my old android.
     
  5. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

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    "worth it" is always going to be subjective. If it were me personally, I would consider the following two things:

    1. What phone do I have now (and how much would an iphone of any kind be an upgrade)?

    2. How much is the 4s in Ireland?
     
  6. SwisströM macrumors newbie

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    Swiss User here.

    We don't have LTE either, but with my iPhone 5 I get:

    7 Mbps Download
    2 Mbps Upload
    42 ms Ping

    with 3G... it's practically the same as my DSL (I have 10Mbps Down, 1.5 Mbps Up and 20ms Ping)...


    so I wouldn't worry too much about LTE.
     
  7. Menel macrumors 603

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    I would get 4S.

    Still a fast dual core.
    Still a fantastic 8mp camera w/ 1080P video
    Still 4G/HSPA+ 14mbps(9mbps app layer) capable, do you really need more on a mobile device?
    Still a retina screen, just a fraction of an inch shorter.
    Fits in the hand better.
     
  8. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    I'm on O2 and don't get LTE and maybe never will. However my 3G speeds are 2-2.5x faster than my 4s for the same location. It's plenty fast enough for what I want. Other benefits of the 5 over the 4s made me change.
     
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    While LTE is nice, not having it isn't a deal breaker for me.
     
  10. iDannyxD thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm currently using the 4, I say I will get the 5 :) thanks for convincing me!!
     
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  12. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    I don't have LTE either and it's amazing...don't need LTE to see the clear difference speed wise compared to the 4S.
     
  13. Furifo macrumors 6502

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    I'm considering switching to O2 from 3 due to signal issues indoors. What 3G speeds are you getting with O2 and where abouts are you if you don't mind me asking.
     
  14. sk2sep2304 macrumors regular

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    Get the latest and greatest. LTE may be available you within a year.

    The 5 is more comfortable to hold because its so much lighter than the 4s. The resale value will be better when you decide to upgrade when the 5S drops. Haha
     
  15. braddick macrumors 68040

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    I have the new iPhone5- the Verizon model so it is unlocked, and I have it activated on my AT&T account, thus no LTE (only 4G).

    I don't notice the difference, although I am sure among purist there is- and the other features of the iP5 more than make up the hassle of upgrading.

    Short version: It's worth it.
     
  16. d123 macrumors 68000

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    Good choice. Isn't there a 3 IE? In the UK 3 users get around 15Mbps on 3G with the iPhone 5. It is significantly faster than the 4S.
     
  17. children macrumors regular

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    my area doesn't have lte yet :( apparently coming next year

    completely worth it without though
     
  18. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    Your statement makes no sense unless your 4S was faulty. Both devices would be using HSPA+. I have a 4S on o2 and a 3GS on Tmobile and can get 5 meg download on both in London.
     
  19. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    Just done a test from my garden and got 6.5 down and 2 up. I'm in Basingstoke (hatch warren).
     
  20. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Im on 02 at the moment and have purchased a sim free unlocked ip5 from apple.

    I initially though that my version of ip5 would not run Lte in the uk and would have to buy a newer model when ee release lte in the uk.

    This initial thought was apparently wrong and Lte will run on my current ip5 just not on 02.

    After reading posts from our friends across the pond who are now using this service, the reports of how quickly the battery is drained is a little worrying !
     
  21. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    My 4s and 4 would get about 2 down, my 5 just got 6.5 when I tested just now. Also my 4s would only get 2 bars of signal whereas my 5 is normally 4 or 5

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    Also if you get LTE on O2 you can probably use up your monthly data allowance in about 2 minutes :)
     
  22. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Im confused.

    Lte/4g is 5 times faster than 3g but does not use data quicker.

    perhaps if people get giddy downloading more because its faster is the issue !

    Thats how i understand it anyway.
     
  23. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    The existing Iphone 5 as shipped will only support LTE on the EE network. It will not support any of the others that are coming next year. However, Apple will have to release a new version of the Iphone 5 eventually to support the other UK carriers. That is unlikely to be before October 2013.
     
  24. d123 macrumors 68000

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    The 5 will get faster download speeds on a network with HSPA+ (21Mbps) or DC-HSDPA (42Mbps). The 4S is only capable of HSPA (14.4Mbps). All being theoretical maximums, so in reality 7-10Mbps for the 4S's HSPA and 15-18Mbps for the 5's HSPA+.
     
  25. Furifo macrumors 6502

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    Good enough for me. Thanks :)
     

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