More than 1 out of 3 Apple iPhone owners think they have a 4G phone

More than 1 out of 3 Apple iPhone owners think they have a 4G phone
It could be due to the "4" at the end of the phone's name, or it could be because the owner is just not knowledgeable about smartphones. Either way, a recent survey shows that 34% of Apple iPhone 4 owners think that their handset is a 4G enabled phone. Perhaps even more incredible is the 24% of BlackBerry users that think that their handset is running 4G speeds. Where these people get the idea that the 'Berry in their hand is pumping out data at a 4G rate is not easy to understand, especially with no "4" in the name of any of RIM's smartphones.

The survey, conducted by Retrevo, also found that even without 4G connectivity, 40% of Apple iPhone users would buy the next version of the iPhone even if it didn't offer 4G service, while 21% would consider buying it. 8% of Android users would switch to a 4G-disabled iPhone and 12% would consider it. 23% of BlackBerry users would swap their phone for a non-4G Apple touchscreen handset while 18% would give it a thought.

Despite what the carriers would have you think, many are reluctant to switch to 4G service. While 30% believe that 4G plans are too expensive, 22% think that the additional speed is not worth additional money. 19% are not informed enough to know. Part of the problem stems from the changed definition of what is considered 4G service. Last year, the definition of what constitutes 4G service was changed, which allowed AT&T and T-Mobile to call their HSPA+ service 4G after T-Mobile started the trend in its commercials. Most communications experts say that of the four top Stateside carriers, Verizon's LTE is the closest to being a true 4G network.

source: Retrevo via electronista



1. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

Why doesn't this surprise me?

21. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Any iPhone users I know don't believe that including myself. I still go back to 3G wouldnt have ever been used until AT&T put it on the iPhone 3G, up until then VZW never listed a 3G phone as such. Marketing is to blame for this. I do know my iPhone 4 surpasses VZW LTE speeds here in Minnesota and it is only HSPA, not even HSPA+. For the record I still don't call HSPA+ as 4G and never will.

34. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

I'm an Android user but I don't have any 4G where I live. So it's not a big deal to me either way I guess... but I agree with what you're saying.

42. hepresearch unregistered

Happy to see an iPhone owner and an Android owner having a level-headed, civil conversation on a controversial post... and finding common ground... +1 to both of you! I agree on the 4G thing entirely... HSPA+ will never be 4G in my book, and until either LTE or WiMAX covers even a third of what existing GSM/CDMA networks in the US cover already, it will not matter to me at all. It simply is not yet relevant except in the urban/suburban markets, it would seem.

44. Tom unregistered

@bigdawg Thsi is not true, I live in Minnesota also and Verizon LTE blow AT&T's so-called "4G" out of the water. I have tested both and its not even close. You must live in the outskirts of the Twin Cities. I am a cell phone salesman and I couldn't even tell you how many times i have heard "Do you guys carry the Iphone 4G" it is very irritating.

49. hepresearch unregistered

If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say that LTE is so much faster... I would be a wealthy man right now. Then again, if I had a nickel for every time I heard an iPhone user say that their 3G-enabled iPhone outperformed either the HTC Evo 4G or the HTC Thunderbolt on download speed, I would be just as rich... Maybe that's why I can't get anybody to give me a nickel for listening to their opinion...

66. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude you are such a liar. 3G is NEVER faster than 4G EVER. My Mother’s Verizon iPhone 4 is as fast as a worm on hot pavement. My 4G HTC Evo 3D can open 2 sites at the same time before the iPhone 4 opens one site. I opened both & at the same time before the iPhone 4 could even finish You are such a fool for that comment. You are the poster boy for an iSheep. That is by far the most delusional comment ever in Also my HTC Evo 3D opened on a 4G signal before the over a year old iPhone 4 on Wi-Fi bro. Every time I go to my Mother's I think of something else to do on her iPhone 4. Trust me I am not lying. You iSheep always give me ammunition against the iPhone 4. Dude pass that stuff to the left please, you are hogging it! lol This guy is officially CRAZY! lol

106. hepresearch unregistered

"Dude you are such a liar." Could you please identify one lie that I said in comment #49? "You are such a fool for that comment." For saying what? I said nothing about the actual speed of any device, and in fact all I did was to briefly recount the vast array of highly polarized opinions I have heard before from both sides of this issue (and then lament the fact that I don't get paid enough to listen to biased commentary). "You are a poster boy for an iSheep." Have you ever read anything else I've ever said? I am by no means an "iSheep". Look at my phone list... I have never owned an iPhone, and do not want an iPhone. "That is by far the most delusional comment ever in" Whew, you are really on a roll today... just the same, I appreciate the criticism. But seriously, what did I say that was seriously so delusional? "Dude pass that stuff to the left please, you are hogging it!" Which one? The huka, or the crack-pipe? LOL!!! "This guy is officially CRAZY!" Hehe.. he... sure, thanks. Have a great night.

100. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I love the iphone but droids arw faster. Then again who cares its no by much i raved the thubderbot v iphone one on 4g other 3g the thunderbolt won but not by much. Maybe about 2 or 3 secomda

51. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Your dumb, I live in Apple Valley Minnesota and have a HTC Thunderbolt and its probably 10x faster than any iPhone data speeds ive seen. Yes the 10x is a little exaggerated but its by far faster and thats becase it has 4g LTE. iPhone or any other phone the LTE is by far faster than any 3g device along with HSPA.

102. vzw rep unregistered

I live in the twin cities as well and have an LG Revolution..I also happen to be a Verizon rep....I get on average 12-18 mbps...that would take a dump on any iPhone...and if i had a dollar for everytime I had someone complain because there iPhone4 doesn't get 4G service, I'd never have to work another day in my life...hey retards the iPhone4 isn't 4G....and I'd be impressed if Apple actually made the next version of the iPhone 4G...wake up Steve Jobs your missing out.

78. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your iphone4 surpasses a VZW LTE phone in a speed test. hmmm... obviously ur not in a VZW LTE area. period. Having a "4g" phone doesnt mean that u have 4g all the time, u still have to be under 4g coverage. oi. and 3g can be faster than 4g. i average around 5mbs on my 3g vibrant. thats as high or higher than most sprint users get on their 4g phones.

85. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Again in some areas like you said. Your Vibrant won't be faster than even my old HTC Evo 4G. Where I live there is a VERY strong 4G WiMAX service. I average between 8 to 12 Mbps. That is INSANLY fast. My HTC Evo 3D is a VERY quick phone on 4G. I am completely satisfied.

114. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Your a lucky one then. Most Wimaxx areas are so saturated people dont see speeds above 4 or 5 at best. The national tests all show that with the slowest of the "4g" tests.. other than ATT's pathetic excuse of 4g.

125. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

It's might be the slowest but it's still faster than 3G by far. I have been in Philadelphia, New York City, Charlotte, Chicago, & the list goes on. Every town that did have WiMAX 4G was significantly better that 3G. I mean way better. You are not giving WiMAX the credit it deserves. I have never lost to a 3G phone ever while on 4G WiMAX. Those test I did on were on my old HTC Evo 4G, not on my new dual-core 4G HTC Evo 3D. I travel a lot for my living & the colleagues I meet there have 3G phones but some do have Verizon LTE phones. I have been to so many places, who knows I may have been to your town. Whenever I land on a new place I turn on my WiMAX radio to see if there is 4G & then I run a just to see what my WiMAX gets. I have done an average & from all the places I have been. WiMAX 4G gets me 6 to 10 Mbps on average nationwide. Where I live I average 8 to 12 Mbps. These are true numbers. In Dallas/Fort Worth area I got the slowest speeds ever on WiMAX. I average there 4 to 6 Mbps. The 6 was lucky, more like 5 Mbps. That is significantly lower than my national average, but still higher than 3G.

79. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

HSPA will never surpass LTE speeds. If you dont have LTE service in your area then thats a different thing.

52. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol... I dont have an iPhone, but when the iPhone 4 first came out I thought it was called the iPhone 4G, going by previous iPhone names. It was logical to me. At the time I didnt know about LTE, 4G. But if ppl are thinking that the iPhone 4 is 4G now, they need to get educated. Maybe its the speeds iPhone users get on AT&T that makes them think its 4G...

2. theflu unregistered

That's because 90% of people who own an iPhone are VERY VERY VERY VERY misinformed. I mean, they bought the phone in the first place because they think its the only one with apps and a front facing camera...

6. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

You mean just like 100% of android users, who actually have 4G phones, who believe that they actually receive 4G signals when they don't?

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the official definition was changed, so yea, i see 4g speeds on my tablet. just because YOU refuse to go by the revised definitions doesnt mean it isnt happening. Ive gotten speeds into the low-mid teens pretty regularly on my LG G-Slate 4G.

30. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Of course you always get 4g wherever you go. All fandroids do :)

43. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

pardon me if i live in a large flat city that gets great coverage. do you want some cheese or a small violin?

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude this is so funny YET very typical. I had to tell my Aunt's neighbor that her iPhone 4 is not 4G. She argued with me until I showed her my HTC Evo 3D last weekend. I told her to open her favorite website on her iPhone 4. This is so funny, lol she opened It took forever. Then I opened the same website on my 4G phone. She was blown away by what she saw. She couldn't believe how fast my phone was compared to hers. She said what phone is this! Then I explained & showed her the 4G icon at the top of my phone. I told her that the 4 on her iPhone means it's just the 4th version of the iPhone. Her phone is only 3G. I told her that 3G is OLD tech that 4G is what will take over in the very near future. She said that she felt stupid for arguing with me. lol She also said she was going to tell all her friends about her findings. I did throw a little jab though. I told her that the glass on the iPhone 4 is really nice! lol

29. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Last week it was your Mom, now it's your aunt, lol.

39. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

My Mother already knows the iPhone 4 is 3G. I was at my little cousins 8 year old birthday party if you must know & my Aunt's neighbor was there. If I can help a lost iPhone 4 user see the light, I am for it. It was my good deed of the day! Are you insinuating that I am making this up? Really? Bad, bad 530gemini! I need to put you in time out like I do my 2 year old son! Why would I make up something like that? 530gemini you are a silly little man! lol Dude just go on & see for yourself! I didn't know such a site even existed. It's a funny site. Women and their coupons! lol At least I talk about my family, you talk about how your gardener has an iPhone, like that is believable! lol

57. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Sure, sure, whatever you and your relatives say :)

81. URC unregistered

You argued too much. Should have just pointed to the "3G" on the status bar of her phone.

27. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Umm 530gemini, I have a Samsung Charge 4G, and the speed is twice the speed of my cable internet. This is why android users can always say that iphone users are misinformed. Thank you for further proving the statistic.

32. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

What? Just twice as fast as your cable internet? I thought fandroids get special android devices running 4x faster than cable internet. You better check :)


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

lol.. i have galaxy s4g and now mytouch 4g i average 5mps dowloads everywhere here, FASTEST i seen an iphone go is 3mbps

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