Linked by David Adams on Tue 12th Jul 2011 17:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A recent Retrevo Gadgetology survey suggests that users are unclear on what exactly 4G means, don't know whether their current mobile service is 4G or not, and even if they do know, are unsure of the benefit. It also seems that mobile device owners' loyalty to their chosen platform is more important to them than higher network speeds.
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RE[2]: Comment by A.H.
by phoenix on Tue 12th Jul 2011 21:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by A.H."
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A couple of months ago, HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) which includes HSDPA and HSUPA (Download / Upload) was advertised by everyone as 3G. Which is correct.

Now, every wireless carrier that supports HSPA is advertising it as 4G. At least up here in Canada; should be the same down South. Which is false advertising.

And, all those carriers that support LTE or WiMAX are also advertising those as 4G. Which is just confusing everyone.

What's worse is that Rogers came out publically at the beginning of the year stating they would not call their HSPA network 4G, reserving that for their LTE rollout this summer. Thus, differentiating themselves from Telus and Bell that relabelled their HSPA networks as 4G.

Then, last month, they declared their HSPA network would henceforth be labelled 4G.

Last year, when I bought the LG Eve for my wife, it was a 3G phone, supporting 7 Mbps HSDPA. Last month, it was "upgraded" to 4G with a simple announcement on the Rogers Redboard site.

Is it really any surprise that people don't know whether they have a 4G-capable phone or not, when everyone's 3G (HSPA) phone has magically been "upgraded" to 4G? And everyone's new 4G (LTE) phone has been magically "downgraded" to 4G?

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