Since no 4G LTE iphone till late 2012 or 2013? Anyone getting

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Cali4ever, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Cali4ever macrumors member

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    Since a 4G LTE iphone will NOT be available till late 2012 or maybe 2013?
    This based off of the common sense that apple's iphone 4S/5 wont release till later this year or maybe early next year, and the iphone 4S/5 won't be LTE. SO that means the next iphone won't hit till late 2012 maybe early 2013 Cause apple likes at least one year or more of life cycle on all products. So that mean NO new iphone in july 2012! No LTE 4G till maybe mid to late 2012 or sometime in 2013..................

    Anyone find this unacceptable and dumping the iphone 4 this year for a Droid Bionic LTE 4G or LTE 4G Galaxy S2?
     
  2. erayser macrumors 65816

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    I would still be fine with a new 3G iPhone. Not everyone in the U.S. can use 4G LTE anyway. or... maybe I feel this way since I've been using 4G LTE with my iPhone 4 and iPad 2.:p I jump back and forth from 3G to 4G, and I really don't mind 3G speed. The only time I see a difference is when streaming NetFlix movies and youtube. I have to many iTune purchases to think about jumping ship... even though I would like to try something different. But not to upset about not getting a 4G LTE iPhone in the near future.
     
  3. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030

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    No. Now bugger off with your LTE crap already.
     
  4. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Rumor has it that the Galaxy S2 won't be LTE.

    Although we definitely won't know until it's announced, though.
     
  5. dickdaney macrumors regular

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    4G now is like 3G was hen it rolled out. It's only in select cities. Many people will own a 4G phone and won't even have a 4G signal. Hell AT&T still doesn't have 3G coverage in most of the areas they serve. Maybe in 5 years 4G will be as available as 3G is now.
     
  6. Hype2k2 macrumors 6502

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    Recent SGS2 firmware suggest AT&T will have an LTE version.
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1162330

    LTE is a massive battery hog, unless you want your phone connect 24/7 it's not worth it at all. Besides what do you need LTE for other than just to have it?
     
  7. Tech Elementz macrumors 6502

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    Dude... The iPhone already has LTE. It's called Wireless N WiFi. LOL... :cool:
     
  8. flipster macrumors 6502a

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    Nope, I'm holding out for LTE as well. I know that the iPhone 5 won't have it just due to the fact that networks in England and Canada are still rolling out their 4G, and I would hope that Apple would care about them too. Also, battery life is still a big problem with 4G.
     
  9. einmusiker macrumors 68030

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    Unacceptable is harsh, they dont owe us lte. That being said i am thinking about going with an lte phone on my verizon line if 1) i can keep unlimited data plan 2) i can hack it for free tethering. Because im happy with my ipad 2 on unlimited att 3g
     
  10. kevink2 macrumors 6502a

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    I bought the 4 shortly after release. Assuming I don't do something like lose or break it, I plan to skip this version. Maybe LTE will be available by then, and I will be out of contract so I can consider the Verizon one then. Depending on how LTE is supported by ATT and Verizon in my area.
     
  11. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    My carrier doesn't have LTE and, as of right now, battery technology isn't ready for LTE. Even if I had Verizon, a carrier that has LTE, I would probably get an HTC Incredible 2 over one of their 4G phones considering how inefficient LTE is (while comparing Android to Android ... otherwise I'd get a VZW iPhone)

    Plus, most carriers charge for tethering, and I'm not going to notice LTE speeds while loading my email on my phone
     
  12. grantsdale macrumors 6502a

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    The iPhone will get LTE when including it doesn't decrease battery life from the previous year. Jobs would never announce a battery life decrease.
     
  13. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

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    LTE isn't in the cities were I live and work so it's not a big deal for me. Most people that have these LTE phones can't even use 4G most of the time.

    Not to meantion that LTE at this point is a battery killer.
     
  14. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    +1

    Check out the reviews on some of the Android LTE phones. They all note the horrible battery life (especially the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt). In Apple's view, people will blame the iPhone for the poor battery life, not the LTE mode. Apple doesn't want that until the LTE chipsets are efficient enough. Same with the 3G chipsets when the first iPhone came out. Steve Jobs even stated as much at one of his Keynotes.

    While I'm sure many of you are lucky enough to live or work in LTE markets, I do not. I'm about 25 minutes outside the nearest LTE service zone according to Verizon's maps, so the vast majority of the time LTE would be useless for me even if the phone had it.

    Besides, I guarantee there are tons of people running around, showing off their shiny new 4G phones, oblivious to the fact that they aren't in a 4G service area.
     
  15. Cali4ever, Jul 21, 2011
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    With dual-core and quad-core chips coming soon, It could be 2 years or so before battery efficient LTE chips are avail that can efficiently manage battery life with both LTE and dual-core/quad-core chips, if apple waits 2 years or more before adding LTE then they are seriously missing the boat.................
     
  16. Centient macrumors 6502

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    The faster speeds are welcome, but 4G/LTE/whatever just isn't that important to me in a mobile device at this time. 3G speeds suit my needs just fine. The OS, camera, battery life, reception, etc... factor in more heavily in terms of desires/needs.

    I would like a slightly larger display from Apple, but that's not going to push me towards another buying Android again.
     
  17. L I G H T I N G macrumors regular

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    What's with all this LTE talk?

    Edge works fine and 3G is a privilege to be used since its considerably faster.

    4G is like speed like speed of sound, unless you are a heavy heavy user, 3G fits over 99.999% of people.

    Hop off the bandwagon and just use 3G.
     
  18. erayser macrumors 65816

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    I like connecting to 4G LTE, and enjoy the speed of it... but 3G is good enough for mobile devices. 4G isn't that great since it's not available everywhere. What's annoying is when my 4G LTE device switches back and forth from 4G to 3G. It basically stalls when it switches... so 4G isn't perfect. As far as battery, it reminds of when the first iPhone came out, and everyone was wondering why it didn't come with 3G, and only edge. Then the iPhone 3G came out, and a lot of people disabled 3G and used edge to conserve battery... lol...
     
  19. mpossoff macrumors 68020

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    Looking back I should have went with VZW to lock into unltd LTE.

    Do you think VZW will offer unltd LTE for existing unltd data users?
     
  20. davidlw macrumors 6502a

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    Just got a 4G MIFI and use it with my iPhone4 wifi works great.
     

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