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Is a phone's lack of 4G support a dealbreaker for you? (poll results)

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Is a phone's lack of 4G support a dealbreaker for you? (poll results)
The wireless carriers are constantly reminding us about their 4G wireless networks and how much better they are from the aging third-gen technologies, but some might argue that 3G is still not outdated enough to leave the scene. After all, 3G can still provide enough speed for most tasks that you would use a smartphone for, and 4G adoption might be considered to be ahead of its time. That is why we wanted to hear your opinion and find out how important 4G support would be when you purchase that shiny new smartphone that you have had your eyes on for a while now.

Well, all the votes are in and it turns out that 46% of our readers are not too crazy about 4G now, but will be looking for an upgrade in the future. In second place, 32.47% of you are saying that 3G is still fast enough for pretty much everything that they do on a handset, and only 21.53% have a real need for the boost in wireless broadband speed right now.

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Is a phone's lack of 4G support a dealbreaker for you?
21.5%
175 votes
(175 votes) Yes – A phone without 4G support is practically obsolete, and the boost in Internet speed is very important to me.
32.43%
264 votes
(264 votes) No - 3G can still provide sufficient bandwidth for everything that I use my smartphone for, and it doesn't really matter whether my phone supports 4G or not.
46.07%
375 votes
(375 votes) It is not now, but it will be soon – As soon as the 4G networks become reliable and widespread, I will be definitely looking for a 4G phone.

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posted on 03 Jun 2011, 08:15 1

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


my 3g vibrant runs 4-6mbs on a regular basis (gotta love how HSPA+ is backwards compatable) which is the same or faster than sprints "4g" wimaxx in most real world tests and not far behind HSPA+ or LTE in real world tests.
4g is important to me but right now the gap between theoretical speeds and real world speeds is pretty large. If i were on VZW or sprint with their uber slow 3g data (like 1.5mb/s), 4g would be my prime focus. But since Tmobile's "3g" is as fast as their "4g", its not as big as an issue.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 08:27

3. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


I really want t-mobile and there fast speeds, not to mention the sensation is coming out soon, but their coverage in upstate new york is nearly non existent. That and sprint/at&t is incredibly spotty, verizon has it on lock down over here. and since LTE is coming to ithaca 4G is a huge deal to me. Just wish it didn't have to be.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 08:30

4. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


being in a less populated area sucks for some things. Of course, if your in upstate new york, your probably in a really pretty area, so its a trade off

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 19:53

12. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i live in upstate NY and i totally agree. tmobile has sucky service. verizon is the way to go.

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 14:47

15. LionStone (Posts: 444; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


You mean, 'almost' "as fast", while 4-6 is down right respectable, I get 10-25 mbps with VZW 4G.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 09:11

5. Gary5 (unregistered)


The places where I would want Verizon's LTE don't even get a consistent 3G signal. All the other places I go where I want high-speed data already have wifi. So II'll upgrade from my Incredible to an LTE phone when there is one that has everything, including stable CM and decent battery life.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 09:41

6. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)


I think it's funny how people complain about 1.5mbps, when a decade ago, you were the shit if you had that. It's not even that slow. I do however understand the generation that we are in. and that is the "i want it now". Instant gratification is what we look for. So it is understandable how these speeds are "needed"

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 12:45

10. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


seein as I run 1MB for my residential services via PS3/Netflix and it handles both options just like the 12MB plan which was expensive as hell Im cool with the 1.5MB through Verizon which is not all that slow. may be slower than HSPA+ but Verizon still good enough IMO.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 10:50

8. Debbie (unregistered)


I look at it this way, if I am already paying $10 for 4g on Sprint by having either a Windows/Android/BB/Instinct phone I might as well get a 4g phone even if I do not have 4g in my area since I am paying for it no matter what.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 11:39

9. GALAXY-S (unregistered)


If i could get HSPA+ i would be much happier so i can download videos faster and better browsing, but but its not avail in my area :(
not to crazy for 4g, maybe if i tethered my phone 4g would be more usefull...

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 14:19 1

11. Immolate (unregistered)


The poll kind of kneecaps itself with answer #3 which gives people a place to hide. A poll that asked, yes or no, will you consider a 3G phone for your next phone, would be more interesting.

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 09:44

13. shawndog1 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 May 2011)


As of now , if i can have 4G on Verizon at no additional cost why wouldn't I ?

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 14:42 1

14. LionStone (Posts: 444; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Not 46% of its readers...46% of the readers that voted. I'm a reader but didn't vote, because I, like many, already have a 4G device...

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 18:38

16. urc (unregistered)


4g will be rendered worthless in the not so distant future anyway. You can do all of this cool shit with your phone, but you only get 2GB worth of data to do so. Thanks for the one netflix movie per month!

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 15:28

18. maddmatt02 (unregistered)


a phone with 4G capability is very important to me, solely because pretty much all the phones worth anything coming to sprint have wimax radios... I can either get a phone w/o 4G that isnt as nice, or pay the extra 10 bucks for nothing (no 4G here) and get a better phone. and if anyone wants to say that 10 bucks a month gets you the better phone, the 200 dollars Id pay buying it vs the free 3G phone should be what does that.

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