Useless 4g ?

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    So I've had 4g phones since launch of LTE on Verizon. And I've found myself turning 4G off on every phone for battery saving. Thunderbolt/Bionic/RAZR. 3g in my area (Denver) seems to load all apps just as quick and with little lag same with Browsing the web. Has anyone one else come to this conclusion. I'm starting to think its almost pointless to shell out 300$ for new 4g devices when 3g seems to keep up with the exception of big files and in that case I use Wifi anyways.

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    Nope. I haven't come to that conclusion at all. LTE is noticeably faster in everything for me. The speed with downloads goes without saying, but it can be a major benefit if you're out away from WiFi and need apps, music, video, or any other files quickly. The difference is also extremely pronounced when streaming audio or video. LTE is able to handle higher quality for both much more smoothly and load each far quicker. Web browsing is also noticeably faster as well, although it's not as drastic as the other things.

    So, I don't agree in the slightest. LTE is totally worth it in every way over 3G.
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    I came from the iphone 3gs and its 3g was just terrible compared to the 4g on my bionic. I never turn off the 4g on my bionic, but when I'm in a 3g-only area it's just PAINFULLY slow. Even things that you wouldn't expect to take much data, like searching maps for a business, take what seems like FOREVER on 3g compared to 4g. God forbid you want to watch a video while you're on 3g, and even streaming music has more hiccups on 3g.
    That's been my experience, anyway; I hope to never have to use a 3g-only device ever again.
    Also I never have to worry about battery life either, though... does your battery really drain that much more quickly when you have 4g turned on?
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    I find them both worthless most of the time so I use smart actions to turn data of when on wifi. Data will spend more time disconnected than connected. When data does work they're both pretty fast, I was even able to stream HD video off my DVR w/ my Razr on 3g but 4g is way faster.

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    So what's faster: Wi-Fi or 4G?

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    There's no hard or fast answer. Your WiFi speed will largely depend on the home internet package you purchased. Both 3G and 4G speeds will depend on reception, location, and network congestion.
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    As mentioned it all depends on where you're connected. At my house my Razr gets 30Mbps on wifi & maybe 5Mbps on 4g.

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    Yeah, it really does depend on your reception and home connection. I get pretty much the exact opposite of the above: 25-30Mbps on LTE and 5-6Mbps on WiFi. That's why I hate it when some apps force you download over WiFi. WiFi is so much slower for me.
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    I get about 10-30 mbps on 4g, 15 on my home wifi, and about 2 on 3g

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    But yeah wifi all depends on your internet package. A friend of mine has 50 mbps internet so that's what I get on his wifi. I have 15 mbps internet so that's what I see on my wifi.

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    According to 802.11g Speed - How Fast Is 802.11g Wi-Fi Networking? WiFi has a maximum of 54Mbps and according to 4G LTE Advanced Tutorial :: Radio-Electronics.Com 4G LTE has a maximum of 100Mbps. As others have said, YMMV, and will probably be far less. For example, I downloaded Dungeon Hunter II on WiFi and Dungeon Hunter III on 4G. The files were about the 485mb and took about the same time.

    My parents have no internet, but they do have excellent 4G. When we've gone over to visit, I've hooked the Bionic to their HDTV and watched a Netflix movie with no problems.

    I have no WiFi at home and go to the Public Library if I need it (I've found that a lot of places with "free" WiFi are unable to much more than look at email). I have 4G at home so it's on all the time. If I had WiFi at home I'd probably use it as it doesn't hit my data plan.
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    Pretty much the same on my nexus.
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    I'm surprised that you get 50Mbps, the max I've got w/ my Razr is 33Mbps(that's w/ 100% signal) on my 35/35 which consistently gives my just under 45Mbps on all of computers.


    Isn't the Razr supposed to do b/g/n? On one of spec list I saw said it did but I can't get to connect to n.
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    I just got my 4G capable Droid Razr and I am loving the 4G, well worth it in my opinion. My home internet connection tops out at about 1.5M, 3G on my Droid X started out at about 3M but over time I was lucky to be able to get .5M. 4G averages about 6G at my house but I have gotten as high as 10M. So if I need to DL a large file I will definitely use the 4G on my phone to do it.
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    I have FIOS 35/35 and average 42 down 32 up. However the wifi does not reach my master bath. So I use my RAZR to watch Netflix. I average 17 down, 12 up. Can't complain.

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    I agree 4G LTE is 20 times faster here in Houston than the 3G network. I never turn 4G off.
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    Heck, I'm still waiting to get LTE in my neck of the woods here in Florida. Consider yourself lucky that you have it. I've had a few 4g phones and haven't had LTE yet except when travelling. I've been on hotel wifi and LTE in Jacksonville, LTE was blazing.

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    On my Thunderbolt I never really saw much of a difference between 3G and 4G (Speedtest.net speeds were essentially the same, 3G at 1mbps, 4G never went over 5mbps). Plus 4G drained my battery about 50% faster. The Nexus is totally different. 4G speeds are noticably faster at 15mbps. I leave 4G on all the time and my battery still lasts me from 7am to 11pm every day. I definitely notice the difference in situations like at the gym, where I stream Netflix for about an hour.
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    I've noticed that verizons map lists my town as a 4g extended network area. I have yet to get a 4g signal anywhere in town.

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    I live in an area where I get 4g, so my husband bought a Xoom tablet 4g this past Thanksgiving for me. I then got the Razr Maxx for the leap day sale. I never had any problems with 4g until April 27th, now all I get is 3g. When I leave my home I pick up 4g about 2.5 to 4 miles from my home. When coming home I lose it just after turning down my street. The closest tower to me is .8 miles away. I have been on the phone with Verizon 3 times in the past week and 2 people started a ticket on this and I have heard nothing back. Any suggestions? Also I did get the update a few days prior to 4g going out near my home and this also happened on my Xoom tablet (losing 4g).
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