People keep wondering why that sticky is up at the top of this sub forum about We are the Forum and we are all here to help. Well, this is a good example of it.
Just answer the question and let it go. That's the way we do things on DF.
It's nice to have info in one spot, I suppose :)
LTE simply stands for "Long Term Evolution" of mobile network standards. Overall, its major objective is not to provide better service to consumers (at least not directly), but to reduce costs and increase performance for carriers. Lower equipment costs, increased numbers of users on cell towers, faster transmission, simpler architecture, etc.
In effect it's an effort to bring the fractured technologies of multiple versions of GSM and CDMA together in a single more comprehensive set of standards. It's "backwards compatible" in the sense that the older technologies can run in a 4G/LTE environment, but the hardware designed for those technologies cannot take advantage of the enhancements that LTE offers. But since the product life span of cell phones is so short, that's not viewed as a problem but as an opportunity to sell more phones.
Of course all of this will require the retrofitting of new equipment on existing cell phone towers, as well. And that's why it cannot simply be "turned on" for the new phones.
Furthermore, it's important to understand that all of this development is not being driven primarily by the issues that concern US cell phone users. We constitute a very small slice of the potential market. Rather, it's part of a much larger transition away from "wired" to "wireless" communication throughout the world where it enables (what we once called) "developing" nations to skip the entire build-out of a wired communication network.
Thus, features like the greater range of cell links in rural areas and greater capacity of cells in dense urban areas that LTE promises are far more important in a country like India or China than in the US. This, in turn, means that the potential market for phones that take advantage of 4G technology in such countries dwarfs that of the US.
Yes, on conference calls I occasionally check email or calendars, even compose an email. Works great while on WiFi.
anytime I've been on the phone with someone and they tell me to hold on so they can check the internet on their phone I just hang up. You can do that on your own time, not mine.
Thanks jsh, so many things are supposed to crop up 'soon' so I do my best to understand them lol
If not directed at my post, nevermind, and apologies.
EDIT: Unfortunately you can't delete replies. jsh1120. please ignore me and disregard. It's been a long week. I need a vacation!!! :)