Do people really need 4G LTE technology?
According to a survey conducted by Piper Jaffray, 47% of those surveyed said that they don’t need 4G LTE connectivity. He added that 26% believes that 4G LTE networks are the same.
The survey was conducted in the US to find out if Sprint’s 4G LTE technology, which is smaller compared to other telcos, would have a big effect on their iPhone sales.
Senior Analyst Christopher Larsen of Peper Jaffray said, “The answer was a somewhat surprising ‘no’. We thinks this shows that despite all the 4G advertising, consumers aren’t really focused on it. This is good for Sprint as the LTE coverage laggard of the three national iPhone carriers.”
Also, according to the survey, 51% of the respondents said that they did not know who had the largest 4G LTE infrastructure in the country and that they thought the 4G LTE of all networks was actually the same.
But those who answered the question said that they think Verizon has the edge in 4G LTE technology followed by AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.
Larsen added, “While Verizon appears to be the winner here, the fact that most customers don’t have an opinion about the best 4G network is also good news for the remaining carriers.”
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Sadly 4G is a term that has been bantered about and since the term 4G buy itself has no real definite definition each carrier has been free to make claims as they see fit.
That has resulted in confusion and misleading ads by some of the carriers. Sadly much of the public has failed to see or understand just what true 4G will offer to users and it’s a lot. But no matter what 4G is coming even if much slower than many of us would like.
Lets just hope that the cell phone companies continue to deploy 4G LTE and the public wake up to just what true 4G LTE is and what it offers. Once they do that demands on the carriers will certainly increase and 4G LTE will finally be given the total roll-out it deserves.
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