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.”
It seems like iPhone’s biggest rival isn’t the Samsung Galaxy S3 after all.
According to William Blair analyst Anil Doradla, the iPhone has been dethroned as North America’s best-selling smartphone since its launch.
Doradla says that although the iPhone is still the best-selling smartphone on the AT&T and Sprint list, the Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx has toppled new when we speak about Verizon.
It is good to note that Verizon has been aggressively marketing their 4G devices.
This comes as a surprise, since the iPhone 4S lacks 4G LTE capability. The Motorola 4G Razr Maxx and even the Galaxy Nexus have this capability. While the latter hasn’t really bothered the iPhone that much, Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx seems like an excellent competitor.
Dorodla added that consumers are not holding on to their plans of buying an iPhone in anticipation of future smartphones to come. But this may change in a few months. He doesn’t believe that Apple will be shaken up by this development, since he believes that Apple will release an iPhone with 4G LTE compatibility.
The Galaxy Nexus by the way is the third top selling smartphone in Verizon’s line, behind the iPhone and the Razr Maxx.
Unlimited data plan subscribers from Verizon will soon be forced to adjust their Facebook habits as the company plans to launch a new tiered offering this coming summer.
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said that the company’s 3G unlimited plan that customers enjoyed for about a year now will be switched to a tiered offering. The company will migrate all existing subscribers and 4G LTE customers to a data share plan.
Verizon has previously said that they will be introducing this data share plan this summer. This will allow members of a same family plan to share data each month.
The company terminated their unlimited data plan last July. Their rival AT&T did this a year ago.
Shammo said, “Everyone will be on data share. When they migrate off 3G they will have to go to data share. That is beneficial for us.”
The pricing of the plans have not yet been released. But according to Shammo, this will make it easier for families and small enterprises to connect multiple devices.
T-Mobile USA and Sprint Nextel still offers unlimited data plans to their subscribers. T-Mobile slows down users if they consume big data every month. Sprint on the other hand claims that they are the only carrier in the US that offers the unlimited data plan.