According to the results of a recent survey, 34% of iPhone users think their phone is 4G capable. It isn’t, however. Not on Verizon or AT&T’s networks. It could be that the rumors before the iPhone 4 were released–that it would be 4G capable–are still persistent, even more than a year after its release.
iPhone users aren’t alone, however. For Android users, 29% mistakenly believe their phone is 4G capable, as well. RIM’s BlackBerry users are the lowest, with 24% mistaking their phone’s capabilities. So before touting your new phone’s 4G capability, you might want to double-check.
4G, in the mobile world, specifically refers to the 4th generation network, which doesn’t differentiate between LTE, WiMAX, or HSPA+, as 4G is defined by the network’s achievable speeds. The aforementioned networks are Verizon’s, Sprint’s, and AT&T and T-Mobile’s versions of 4G, respectively.
All are considered “4G”, as they are all capable of the required network speeds. It’s important to note that AT&T only has 4 devices which are 4G capable, Verizon has 4 as well, Sprint offers 5, and T-Mobile offers 7. That’s relatively few compared to the total number of smartphone models, and some of those are carrier-customized versions of the same phone.
There are no 4G BlackBerry phones, and there is only one handheld device which is 4G capable that doesn’t run on the Android OS, and that’s HP’s new phone, the Veer, which runs on its proprietary WebOS and is only available on AT&T.
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