Very likely: 2011 iPhone to be "4G"

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    I agree! Just google the Samsung 4G. It will be coming to AT&T in just a few days. 4G is on the way!
     
  3. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    The article is poorly written and researched.
    14.4 is HSPA+, not HSPA. AT&T doesn't classify HSPA as 4G.
    If it did, the iPhone 4 would be considered a 4G phone. ;)
    The iPhone 4 is an HSPA (7.2Mbps down) device.

    HSPA+ starts at 14.4Mbps down.
    T-Mobile supports up to 21Mbps on HSPA+
     
  4. Reach9 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So i guess this means that we'll be getting a "4G" iPhone then?
     
  5. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    Yep. Since Steve doesn't like the current LTE chip sets available, I suspect the iPhone will get an HSPA+ radio.

    And another misconception in the article is that AT&T is the one who marketed HSPA+ as 4G. It was T-Mobile who did it first.
    AT&T simply followed suit.
     
  6. Inkllicious macrumors regular

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    Aren't T-Mobile and AT&T The same company now? Like "Rogers Fido"
     
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I'd be happy with hspa+
    I don't want my phone to die in an hour like phones with the current LTE 4G chips.
     
  8. jsh macrumors regular

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    The merger hasn't been approved, and likely won't be for at least 10 months (if it is even approved at all.)
     
  9. ap3604 macrumors 68000

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    Same here Juiced :)

    LTE battery life on the thunderbolt is absolute garbage.

    I'd rather just have HSPA+ for the rest of my life.
     
  10. labman macrumors 604

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    Speed Kills or sometimes to much speed is worse then to little. I love the fact my 14 goes all day long.
     
  11. YaBoiD macrumors regular

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    I wonder if AT&T will let those of us on "Grandfathered" unlimited data plans keep them with the upgrade to HSPA+ :confused: I know some people were able to upgrade & still remain on it but I hope they won't change that policy.
     
  12. ap3604 macrumors 68000

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    Regular Att 3g can theoretically get up to 7.2 mbps. That is BLAZING fast!!!

    Who really cares about anything faster? What would you actually need faster than 7.2 mbps for other than torrenting files?
     
  13. TRUCRACKER macrumors 6502

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    It's a must have nowadays for a smart phone IMO
     
  14. b166er macrumors 68020

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    I don't expect a 4G iPhone in 2011.

    Also, when we do eventually get a 4G iPhone, I fully expect anyone with an unlimited plan to be forced to switch to a limited plan to gain access to the 4G speeds.

    I sincerely hope I am wrong on both accounts.
     
  15. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    If you're on AT&T, don't expect much, if any difference.
    I will be mad if AT&T starts charging more for "4G". If that's the case, keep me on 3G because those speeds are good enough for me. It's not like "4G" will be any faster anyways.

    Verizon, that's a different story.
     
  16. Thedeathbear macrumors 6502a

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    Now if Att gave us 7.2 mbps 3G everywhere, who would really upgrade? I'd keep my unlimited 3G.
     
  17. ap3604 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I agree :)

    If your in an HSPA+ city that gets 4-6mbps data speed a regular 3G phone will also get that same exact speed. The only time an HSPA+ phone will be faster is if the data speeds are over 7.2 mbps. Of course if your at 7.2 mbps then you don't even need 4g. Hence people buying 4g is just a pure marketing gimmick that doesn't really do anything except get people to buy newer phones for a feature that doesn't even matter...
     
  18. Reach9 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well judging from this article you're wrong on the first point. Hope that flows to the next. :p
     
  19. wxman2003 Suspended

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    So in other words, AT&T will get a 4G iphone, and verizon will not.
     
  20. lilcosco08 macrumors 65816

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    If you can even call it 4g
     
  21. wxman2003 Suspended

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    If an iphone 4 can get download speeds of 14 Mbs on AT&T, then compared to the verizon iphone 4, that is 4G. On a good day, i get speeds of 2 Mbs on verizon, most days less than 1. If i could get speeds of 4 or 5, i would be quite happy and not even worry about getting a 4G phone. But with Verizon, 4 to 5 Mbs download speeds on their 3G network is just a pipe dream.
     
  22. Reach9 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So some people might already be enjoying "4G" speeds. How do you like them apples? :rolleyes:
     
  23. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    So really this article is about AT&T lying to it's customers?
     
  24. Reach9 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    They're not lying, they just changed their definition for "4G" :p
     
  25. macingman macrumors 68020

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    It would always be nicer to get apps downloaded faster, webpages loading in half the time. Just get things done quicker.

    Technology won't stop just because we don't need more if we go with that mindset 30 years ago they wouldn't have invented the computer, society functioned fine without the computer and it wasn't something we "needed" when it was invented.
     

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