What's the point of LTE if I can't download/purchase Videos on iTunes?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bembol, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. bembol macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    I'm bored at work and wanted to buy last weeks episode of South Park. It won't let me saying I need Wi-Fi?!?! Same with iCloud.
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    It's because of all those guys on unlimited plans who'd go on an iTunes download spree and bring down the whole cellular network.... :rolleyes:
  3. macingman macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    Because you'll end up getting a crazily high phone bill. LTE speeds up all downloads too, not just big downloads.
  4. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Connect to your works wifi
    download it on your work computer
    watch on southparkstudios

    do your job?
  5. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    So that's the only point of LTE for you? The point is subjective. If that's the only purpose you have for LTE then that's the only point. Plenty of others have many other points but if they're not relevant to you then why does it matter?
  6. bidwalj macrumors 65816

    Feb 16, 2007
    but they will let you tether to other devices and those devices can use as much data as they want. I get you may go over, but that limitation shouldn't exist if you are willing to pay the price.
  7. KoukiFC3S macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2010
  8. MrMacMini macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2009
    So Cal....
    You cant tether if your still on the unlimited data plan.
  9. mdawid macrumors regular


    Mar 14, 2011
    Yeah, that's the reason! No one is able to download an app/video greater than 20/50mb regardless of what plan you're on. And, even if you're on an unlimited plan, it's not really unlimited anymore. They throttle you at 3GB. So, don't blame people who are lucky enough to still have an unlimited plan.
  10. bidwalj macrumors 65816

    Feb 16, 2007
    If they can find a way to enable tethering for those not on the unlimited plans than they have no reason to enable this either. Leave this up the the carrier if it matters that much. I'm sure verizon wont have any issues for those on the share everything plan.
  11. HowardSmith macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2012
    Sorry you are bored.

    Get a job and buy connection to the Internet and use it!:p

    Your iPhone was never meant to be your sole connection to the Internet when you want to download movies. Open connections are not hard to find if you have transportation.
  12. pure3d2 macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    On Verizon you can. You just have to pay an extra $30/month to get the unlimited 4G hotspot.
  13. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Verizon does not throttle unlimited LTE data users.
  14. macingman macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    Haven't apple been making a point to make iPhones be able to operate as stand alone devices without the need for other devices or connections?
  15. HowardSmith macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2012

    You can do without WiFi but you must then be willing to pay for the more expensive bandwidth if you choose to download large files like movies over cellular service. The carriers have no choice except to throttle users or ask them to pay accordingly. Bandwidth is not infinite.
  16. NathanA macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2008
    Um, I believe the point that everybody ELSE has been trying to make is that even if they were willing to pay for what they would use, the iPhone will not allow you to download an app > 20MB or a video > 50MB over any kind of cellular connection, including LTE. So even if money was no object, you were not on an unlimited plan, and you WANTED to pay for the LTE bandwidth to download a single movie through iTunes Store, iOS will not let you do that, which effectively FORCES you to either use WiFi or to do it on your computer and then sync it over via iTunes.

    THAT'S the point.

    -- Nathan
  17. HowardSmith macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2012
    Um, believe that they knew the majority of users would not be willing to pay for the extra bandwidth and made that choice for us.

    Apple devices are full of unwanted barriers. Many are still waiting on the USB port or FaceTime via 4G. Some things are just not going to happen.
  18. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
    Is this app/movie download cap on all iPhones or is it just a USA thing?!

    I am in the UK.

    Is this cap still in place if you teather the phone to a laptop?

  19. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011

    seriously why not wait til you get home? Or try the top two suggestions??
  20. dchao macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2008
    Maybe the work WiFi is locked? Maybe his/her employer doesn't want the employees to surf on the Internet all day. Hint, hint. ;)
  21. Fliesen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2010
    FaceTime via 4G has already happened with iOS 6, unless you own anything below an iPhone 4S or you're on an older AT&T plan.
  22. PhoenixMac macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2010
    Face time over LTE/3G already works.
  23. HowardSmith macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2012
    Not for everyone:apple:
  24. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    This is a carrier barrier, not an apple one.
  25. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
    So there is no app download limit on the phone ?

    Its the carrier ?!

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