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Verizon to Sell Only LTE-Capable Phones For Rest of the Year

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Make it has reliable as your 3G first.


Mar 14, 2012, 12:18 PM
Only 5% of VZW's base is currently using 4G devices.
Well duh! Surprised
How many outages have there been lately? I know, I know, it's to be expected. Never the less it doesn't inspire confidence in consumers if you want them to switch to 4G. Especially if VZW is talking about going voice over LTE.
Second, battery life, battery life...remember when there weren't extended batteries? Oh the horror, what'd we do back then!?! Shocked
And I think if tiered data plans have done one thing it's made consumers realize..."Hey, I don't need gobs and gobs of data." I think AT&T has even come out lately and said the majority of consumers don't even come close to using 5GB a month.
So if you're not using much you probably don't care if what you do use is the ...

Mar 14, 2012, 7:09 PM
All good points, but...

I bet whats holding most people back from moving to 4G devices so quickly are things like being locked into existing contracts, availability only in Android devices, and like it or not lack of 4G in any iPhone which makes up a significant portion of Verizons smartphone sales these days.

I am still not sure from reading the article if that 5% base includes "dumb phone" users which are still significant in number.

Mar 15, 2012, 10:00 AM
For one thing their 4g phones are too expensive if you want the flagship.

Mar 15, 2012, 2:37 PM
my main concern is battery life. Its really not worth it to have a super fast device if it doesnt last at least all day with moderate use. So far LTE devices have had very poor battery performance. (Excluding the Razr Maxx, which is damn expensive)
T Bone

Mar 15, 2012, 11:39 AM
Just because you have an LTE phone doesn't mean you have to use LTE all the time, if the LTE is 'wonky' or it hurts battery life, you can turn it off and use LTE only when you need it.

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