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NPD: 33% of all smartphones sold in Q4 had 4G connectivity

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Mar 2012, 22:17

The latest data from research firm NPD Group shows a strong rise in the number of smartphones being sold with 4G connectivity which includes HSPA+, WiMAX and LTE; the number of smartphones sold with 4G support in Q4 was 33% against only 6% a year earlier...

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posted on 14 Mar 2012, 00:26 3

1. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

sorry but anything that cant hit 21mbps isnt really 4g. 21 is the minimum, period. And realistically, its what.. 12mps for the IPCC for "4g"? The iphone and sprint will never see those speeds. the iphone isnt even labeled as 4g.. though because of that silly update it now shows "4g" at the top bar. at least they were honest about that at first.....

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 01:23 3

2. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

Well only the AT&T 4s is ridiculously labeled as 4G, but even then, its not even HSPA+, is it? Its a complete joke to think that a software update can con so many iPhone users into thinking they have 4G now. Heard it 3 days in a row now, customers at my Sprint store asking why we don't have a 4G iPhone yet when AT&T does. Good lord...

To think that if iPhones were included in the 4G numbers for 2011, and its not HSPA+, what would they be without them (as it should technically be)? Who runs these surveys, monkeys?

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 01:54

3. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Who cares guys, move on. Don't get upset over something so insignificant

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 02:11 1

4. Leo_MC (Posts: 2686; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

First of all, sorry to say but, US 4G is close to Europe 3.5G while US 3G is a little faster than Europe GPRS (I don't know about Coreea or Japan but they got fast wi-fi and I think mobile speeds tops the ones in Europe); it's only natural that US users want decent mobile internet speed which is, for your market, 4G.
Second, 4G (true 4G) speeds (9-10 Mbps with 10-30 ms ping times) won't be truly useful before a few years, meaning it's no rush so don't be so impatient :)!

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 00:48

5. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

HSPA+ isnt real 4G. Im not a fan of how ATT tries to make it seem like they have such fast speeds with their iPhone. What a sketchy company.

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