LTE is still not wide spread yet. So, why does anyone care?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by hcho3, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Verizon is the only carrier with LTE rolled out. AT&T won't be launching until Q2 2011 and god knows if they will meet the schedule or not. Seems like they are not in much hurry.

    Verizon already said they only cover 1/3 of US population for LTE network for now and there is only one LTE phone for Verizon.

    We are almost reaching June/July month and iPhone is most likely be released soon and I doubt LTE will be expanded fast enough to reach even half of us.

    Since Verizon is going away from Unlimited data, why would anyone care about LTE device?

    what good is a lightening fast speed without unlimited data and wide coverage?
  2. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    A few thoughts:

    When the iPhone 3G came out, ATT 3G only covered 1/3 of the US population.

    Those in the group that have 3G (or now, 4G) are happy.

    Yep, costs are always a concern.
  3. icstars989 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    For those millions under the 4G blanket, they care greatly. Just because something at the moment doesn't work out for you doesn't mean there is no purpose to it. At the end of the day its about making money and cell companies are good at that.
  4. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Well for me being on ATT, I don't care about LTE at the moment. ATT will or has already rolled out HSPA+ this year which is plenty fast for me, and the next iPhone will most likely be compatible. Plus I have unlimited.
  5. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    I'd rather see AT&T expand 3G, Edge sucks when you come across it.
  6. icstars989 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Exactly. I'd much rather see them spend money upgrading their infrastructure than to buy t-mobile and gain theirs.
  7. s.hasan546 macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    Many big markets are covered so we in those markets care a lot.

    And we care b.c we get to keep our unlimited plan when they switch to tiered plans. Its a better option than getting an at&t iphone 4 or 5 when it comes out and being stuck with a 2 gb plan.

    So we do have unlimited data and wide coverage in our markets so we could care less. You could use the same argument about AT&T's 3 g since they suck in a lot of places.
  8. mpossoff macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    I'm an iPhone user, tried android and don't care for android. I'm happy with my AT&T iPhone speeds much better than VZW iPhone in my area.
  9. mpossoff macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    That's a concern of mine. I'm on an AT&T unltd data plan. With VZW it appears if you'll be grandfathered into iPhone unltd LTE data. With AT&T we are not sure.

    But VZW can make you get a tiered plan for iPhone device.

    Should one get an LTE android to potentionally be grandfathered into unltd LTE data?
  10. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I personally do not care about LTE at this moment. I am content with my 3G speeds. YouTube videos don't need to buffer when I select one, so I'm fine. Plus, LTE would just use more battery and possibly give carriers an excuse to charge more.

    Verizon has LTE in my area though. But like I said, I really do not care at the moment.
  11. JD914 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2007
    Dutchess County NY
    I'm sure if iPhone had 4G LTE iPhone fan boys would care. :rolleyes:
  12. s.hasan546 macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    I own a verizon store. From everything we were told. If you have a unlimited Data plan for either a 3g or 4g phone you keep it until you take it off. So you can go from an iphone 4 to a iphone LTE and keep an unlimited plan. You don't have to get a 4g droid right now just to keep it for an iphone launch.

    Besides i doubt apple will released a LTE iphone until atleast 2012 summer
  13. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    If it's in your area yeah if not who cares.

    I have a friend who has the Thunderbolt and yes Verizon 4G is fast if you can use it but he don't have LTE where he lives only at work.
  14. Hans Brix macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2010
  15. hcho3 thread starter macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Right because the numbers are all that matters...

    Battery life is more important for me than faster data with data caps.

    With LTE iPhone, it is very likely both AT&T and Verizon will enforce limited data plans.
  16. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Why do people care? Because it's the latest and greatest, for one.
  17. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  18. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
    I want everyone to go to LTE so that i'll have 3G all to myself and enjoy a great experience! :rolleyes:
    I don't find any need for faster downloading yet, i just need the phone to be better, hardware and software wise.
  19. Mr Bigs macrumors 6502a

    Mr Bigs

    Jan 28, 2010
    Bklyn N.Y
    Yep !!!
  20. anonymous guy, Apr 20, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2011

    anonymous guy macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2010
    Fact: iPhone fans don't care about the latest and greatest in technology until it is announced at an Apple press conference.

    Then suddenly everyone on this forum likes it.

    Example: Lots of people thought dual core smartphones are unnecessary. Now that Apple has the Dual Core A5 out, it is necessary and important addition to the iPhone.
  21. s.hasan546 macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    well since work is the majority of the day i think thatd be reason enough ;)
  22. rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    You're missing the point.
    That is one of the main reasons AT&T wants to buy T-Mobile.... for their network assets.
    It's easier, cheaper and faster to buy something that already exists.
    They will then sell off any duplicate infrastructure (as I'm sure the FCC will force them too) and can use those funds to fill in the gaps.
  23. oakie macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2008
    i personally dont care about LTE for now since AT&T wont be upgrading for a year and i have no desire to switch to Verizon. but i definitely dont want the first gen chipset due to their excessive power consumption. i'd rather Apple be late to the game so i dont have to choose between speed and battery life.
  24. Krandor macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2010
    People buy phones with 2 year contracts so what is important isn't so much what is needed today but also what will be needed 1 to 2 years down the road and in that timeframe 4G will be more common so people may not want to get stuck on a 2 year contract for a 3G phone if 4G will be available in their area a year from now.
  25. Faux Carnival macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2010
    You should respect the fact that people may use their phones for years and not everyone must line up and buy the new iPhone as soon as it comes out every year. Future compatibility is always good. ;)

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