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  • AT&T Begins Marketing iPhone 4S as 4G Smartphone

    The evil phone company bewilders ignorant phone buyers once more.

    A while back we reported on AT&T trying to convince Apple to release a software update that would display a 4G indicator in the iPhone 4S's status bar. AT&T wanted to do this because AT&T's HSPA+ network is fast enough to be considered 4G, despite the compelling fact the iPhone 4S operates on a 3G radio. People who are blissfully unaware of the difference would then buy the product thinking that it was a 4G device.

    The iPhone 4S's HSPA+ connection allows for a download speed of up to 14.4Mb/s. Whereas the iPhone 4 was capable of only 7.2Mb/s. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) made alterations to their little network manual that states that the definition of 4G service is to include WiMax, LTE and HSPA+. That being said, AT&T does have the right to market the device as a device capable of 4G speeds, but while that may be the fact, it's still bittersweet in that it's operating on a 3G radio. This is the beef of most people reading about this.

    AT&T has finally begun marketing their iPhone 4S as a 4G phone. Their website can be viewed here. It should be noted that the posting of the iPhone 4S is not a mistake. AT&T intentionally plans to sell the iPhone 4S as a 4G phone because of HSPA+. If you're in disagreement with AT&T's decision, you're not alone. Millions of customers, as well as some of AT&T's sales representatives will agree that it's not a very fair judgement. When asked, an AT&T sales representative stated that the iPhone 4S runs on more of a 3.5G network than a 4G network (just to be fair of course).

    So will you be buying a 4G-equipped iPhone 4S anytime soon? If so you'd be the first.

    Sources: AT&T
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Begins Marketing iPhone 4S as 4G Smartphone started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 45 Comments
    1. xxhorseriderxxx's Avatar
      xxhorseriderxxx -
      It makes no sense for 4G to be advertised other than if using LTE technology. At the very best, AT&T should be only allowed to sell their sevice as H+ in the statusbar, just like it does on android. HSPA+ ≠ LTE 4G and never will.
    1. frail1's Avatar
      frail1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Turnamental View Post
      Well put! Lol

      I'm in the same boat. Mine does however show to have shipped out today.

      For those on AT&T that get slow speed, I don't know where you are obv. But, I get a consistent 800KB download on my 4S. But I am also, right in the middle of Fort Worth Texas. Hopefully your speeds increase soon. Because 800KB is damn sure good enough for me.

      That's 200KB higher than the damn DSL I just canceled from AT&T. Lol. Obv not U-Verse speeds.... But on a phone... Yeah, I'll take it.
      Yeah, quick update: I'm still showing backordered...
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by NooK View Post
      ...3G and/or 4G has nothing to do with how much you pay...
      Tell that to all the Sprint customers that have "4G" phones and pay an extra $10/mo just for "4G" service, even in areas where their "4G" service doesn't even exist.
    1. vavi's Avatar
      vavi -
      At&t at its lies again
    1. TheCastro's Avatar
      TheCastro -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Thats another reason why the iPhone is behind the others on the market. While other phone companies are all releasing 4G phones crApple stay at 3G.

      No wonder people are leaving apple and going elsewhere.

      I still love the way to jailbreak an android. tick the box. LOL
      iPhone 4S sales surprise: Siri, iOS 5, Sprint turn dud into sensation : Beatweek Magazine

      Most successful product launch ever. Man you need to read more.