The 4G iPhone is already here, false impressions

By Posted 13 Jul 2011, 08:26

The current smartphone from Apple has been causing a lot of confusion with its owners, as 34 percent of them believe that the 4G iPhone is already here. So how can they get such a false impression over this technology? Also in the study it shows a growing number who are still willing to embrace a new iPhone over the likes of Android and BlackBerry.

There are two reasons for this confusion, one is because of the name iPhone 4 that Apple went with (which we already know) and the other is understanding 4G LTE speeds. Do not think that iPhone users are the only ones in this mix up, as 24 percent of BlackBerry users are as well. Mac Rumors has been studying the Retrevo survey, and it is not surprising why people think the way they do.

Most BlackBerry and iPhone owners know that neither have a 4G handsets, while Android does, but it is misinformation and conflicting claims from carriers that are to blame here. The reason is that there seems to be differences in what constitutes 4G LTE speeds, something that could be about to get much worse in the coming months.

LTE or 4G is currently available in a limited capacity in certain regions in the US, while HSPA+ is more widely accessible. Here is where the confusion lies, because these different standards vary and are not always running at the same speeds – it seems that all carriers have a different understanding when quoting speeds.

We have already reported that 4G or LTE will not be made available to the upcoming iPhone, despite what rumors you may have heard. However, that is not to say that the iPhone 5, which could be released on October 4, 2011, will not benefit from a speed boost from the likes of AT&T and Verizon, or T-Mobile and Sprint come to that. The reason for this is because the speed of 4G/LTE varies and there are some cases where HSPA+ is even faster.

40 percent of current iPhone users are still willing to stick with Apple and wait it out, while 21 percent of those with rival devices said that they are prepared to make leap to the iPhone. Having said that, with some great Android phones already expected for the latter part of 2011, this could play a major part in their shifting choices.

What are you more confused with when it comes the a 4G iPhone, the name itself or how the carriers confuse us with 4G/LTE and HSPA+ speeds?