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.”
T-Mobile is going to go against the tide joining Sprint, as the company announced that they will be offering unlimited data service to their customers.
Unlike AT&T and Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile has decided to offer a “truly unlimited” 4G data plan that has “no data caps, speed limits or bill shock.”
You will be charged an extra $20 to your text plan and $30 when bundled together with your voice and text plan. The total bill for an unlimited plan which includes unlimited voice, text and 4G data could cost you as much as $89.99.
This is cheaper compared to AT&T’s 20 GB data plan. The latter charges you $200 per month when you add it to your unlimited text and voice calls. Sprint on the other hand is offering an unlimited data plan with unlimited text and calls for $110.
T-Mobile is hoping that this new unlimited data plan could further boost the number of their subscribers. They are currently lagging behind market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T.
4G LTE technology is coming to T-Mobile next year so be sure to include this in your decision before you sign up for this service.
This new unlimited 4G data plan will be available to US consumers beginning September 5.