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."
phoenix
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2005-07-11

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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RE[3]: Comment by A.H.
by sc3252 on Tue 12th Jul 2011 21:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by A.H."
sc3252 Member since:
2005-09-06

You would think they would at least call HSPA+ 4g and not plain Jane HSPA... Anyways the real benefit of LTE is the way better latency, like 90-140ms compared to 300ms+. Heck you can play games on 90-140, not so much on 300.

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RE[4]: Comment by A.H.
by zima on Sun 17th Jul 2011 23:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by A.H."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Most online players, games, probably don't mind the 3G latency. Lower one is preferable for fairly small subset; basically, mostly a part of the "twitch-level pointing at things" kind.

I know Diablo II worked decently even on EDGE. The online PC game, WoW, also shouldn't have much of an issue (as well as most MMOs, or the dominating online category of fb / flash games)

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