Re: iPhone 4S new iOS update 4G using A LOT of DATA?!?!
03-23-2012 08:22:43 AM
There are no higher/faster speeds on the iPhone. The iOS update didn't suddenly change the way iPhones connect to the network. It just rebadged what used to be called 3G on the iPhone as 4G, since the ITU (Int'l Telecom Union) said that HSPA+ (which the iPhone has had) can be called 4G.
Of course with the higher/faster speeds that come with 4G, there is the possibility for a user to selectively choose to download/view higher-quality video and/or webpages--e.g., you probably would not choose to view a HQ Youtube video over 3G but might consider doing so over 4G since it offers higher bandwidth and speeds...and it would go without saying that viewing a HQ video would use up more data than viewing a non-HQ version of the same video.
So you're saying that HSPA+ is the same as 3G, as far as speeds are concerned? Guess all those iPhone 4S folks must have been lying when they said that they observed much faster speeds (when on a HSPA+ network) compared to when they're on a 3G (or even EDGE)? If one of the primary benefits/advantages of being on HSPA+ isn't faster speeds, then what is the benefit of HSPA+ compared to 3G?