Silly Question... 4G vs LTE

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nidserz, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. nidserz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2008
    Dubai x Toronto
    This may be a silly question, but is there a difference between the 2?
    In Canada my iPhone 5 worked on LTE... I know here in Dubai it doesn't, but my friend's 5C is on 4G. Is that the same thing? Is it just called different things in the different parts of the world?
    My iPhone 5 when I use it here has the option of turning on 4G... which obviously doesn't work since I don't have the correct band. Just curious what I should be looking out for when I purchase my next 5s/5c and want it to work on the correct band.

  2. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013
    I'm not sure how the connectivity naming works in Canada, but in the U.S. Market, HSPA+ is commonly marketed as 4G, and LTE is considered a tier higher. This of course is at odds with whatever organization sets the standards, because I think that LTE is the only standard that can reach true 4G speeds.
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two

    The 5c and 5s both have more band coverage than the iPhone 5. So, it's likely that you'll be covered wherever you go.


    AT&T also got in a little bit of trouble a while back too for claiming that their network, which was essentially 3.5G then, was 4G.

    So, a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to what the carriers call their networks is in order.
  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
  5. Justin33 macrumors regular


    Nov 2, 2013
    I'm switching from a 4S to a 5S. Cant wait for LTE. Interested to see what speeds are like.
  6. zmon macrumors regular


    Oct 10, 2013
    You'll be pretty happy. That's if you have LTE in your area though. Did the same thing, 4s to 5s, and LTE is awesome.
  7. yeah macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2011
    4G (commonly marketed as HSPA+ 21 and 42 in the United States) is actually a broader term than it really is, with true 4G being LTE-Advanced, achieving 1 Gigabit per second. 4G HSPA+ is a fairly fast network with pretty advanced spectrum efficiency and it is on two of the major US carriers: AT&T and T-Mobile. LTE, on the hand, is the new craze in wireless broadband and communication, with carriers all across the world deploying this new technology. LTE is theoretically faster than HSPA+ (with the exception of HSPA+ 84 and 168, both of which no one has even rolled out) and has a much lower ping time. Also, LTE is more spectrally efficient than HSPA+. Both networks are solid performers that will give you your bytes fast and effectively.
  8. dsciel macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2011
    i think LTE has higher cap to maximize the speed over 4G

    However, if your area has better 4G tower and the speed maybe faster than Some under develope LTE area
  9. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    LTE is much much faster than 4G. Your iPhone will say 4G in the top left corner while using 4G, and LTE in the corner if using LTE. Likely in Canada you have LTE - but in Dubai they only have 4G. It also took Europe a while to adopt LTE across a large area so I doubt Dubai has it around the area yet.

    But yeah they're not the same. 4G is like 1/3-1/4 the speed of LTE on average
  10. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    Over this way they're the same thing. The only "4G" network we have is LTE. In iOS6 my phone would show LTE, but with iOS7 it displays 4G instead.

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