Connection type on AT&T

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Michelle Steiner, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Does the connection type indicator for AT&T distinguish between HSPA+ and
    LTE, or does it show only "4G" regardless of which type of these two
    connections you have?
    Michelle Steiner, Sep 26, 2012
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  2. Michelle Steiner

    Guest Guest

    it will say lte if it's lte.
    Guest, Sep 26, 2012
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  3. Michelle Steiner

    Lewis Guest

    Shows LTE for LTE.
    Lewis, Sep 26, 2012
  4. Shows LTE for LTE.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks. That means that AT&T LTE is not available at my home. Verizon LTE
    is available here, though.
    Michelle Steiner, Sep 26, 2012
  5. Same here. It appears Verizon has much better LTE coverage than AT&T in
    most of the cities I care about. We'll likely be switching to Verizon.[/QUOTE]

    It's not like I need LTE at home; I have WiFi in the house. But AT&T
    offers me 3 to 5 bars on the iPhone, whereas Verizon yields only 1 or 2
    bars on the iPad, and therefore, presumably would have the same on an
    iPhone. Furthermore, I get a less expensive package by keeping my AT&T
    account than I could get from Verizon.

    And as an added consideration, by having the iPad and iPhone on two
    different carriers, if I'm in an area where one has coverage and the other
    has none, I'm covered.
    Michelle Steiner, Sep 28, 2012
  6. Those are among the reasons that I opted to stick with AT&T.
    Michelle Steiner, Sep 28, 2012
  7. Michelle Steiner

    Guest Guest

    I've read the LTE standard will support simultaneous voice and data
    soon. So it's only a matter of time before Verizon checks that off the

    they've checked it off already. it's not a verizon limitation, it's an
    iphone limitation. other phones do simultaneous voice/data on verizon
    *now* because they have an additional radio to do it.

    the iphone 5 can do simultaneous voice/data with at&t by dropping back
    to 3g. it doesn't use lte at all.

    anyway, verizon is claiming sometime in 2013 for volte, voice over lte,
    but that doesn't mean the iphone 5 will be able to utilize it. you
    might need to upgrade to a volte capable phone.
    Guest, Sep 28, 2012
  8. Michelle Steiner

    JF Mezei Guest

    Not sure about "standard". But there are trials for VoLTE (voice over
    LTE, which is basically VoIP, but with features for mobile services)

    This is also a chicken and egg problem because networks won't deploy
    VoLTE until there are enough handsets supporting it, and handset
    manufacturers won't implement it until there are enough networks
    supporting it.

    Of note: Apple didn't say anything about VoLTE when it bragged about
    finally getting LTE support.
    JF Mezei, Sep 28, 2012
  9. Michelle Steiner

    JF Mezei Guest

    Simultaneous data/voice isn't such a huge marketing thing. It is a
    feature that some phones can do and others can't.

    However, for CDMA carriers, being able to sell phones that are LTE only
    will open a lot of doors instead of requiring Verizon/Sprint order
    custom phones that also do CDMA.

    And the faster they can start to convert their customer based to be on
    LTE only phones, the faster then can start to refarm CDMA spectrum into
    LTE. (this will take many years, so the faster then start, the earlier
    then can end)

    I also suspect that VoLTE may offer new features not available on
    conventional mobile service such as CDMA and GSM/UMTS.
    JF Mezei, Sep 29, 2012
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