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    Why Do I Need 4G?

    Just bought an iPad 2 and have 3g service with it. Just bought 4g mobile hot spot from AT&T also ($50.00 per mo.) and was wondering what the benefits of 4g are?

    I watch movies with my iPad, check e-mail, surf the net, Skype and that's about it.

    Seems like 3g works pretty well.

    I may be returning the 4g device to AT&T since it's within my 14 days.

    Thanks for the responses.

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    is it LTE? There was confusion about at&t "4g" which was really 3g on steroids and LTE, which is on another planet in terms of speed

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    Seems like a question that should've been asked before purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TreeM View Post
    is it LTE? There was confusion about at&t "4g" which was really 3g on steroids and LTE, which is on another planet in terms of speed
    I heard AT&T was already up and running in parts of New York City, although it is still considered not operational yet.

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    It has both 4g and LTE. The purchase sounded good at the time and now maybe buyers remorse since I have to travel a mile away from my house to get any 4g service.

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    AT&T's 4G network is, indeed, LTE. And if the OP purchased a "4G" hotspot from AT&T it is almost certainly an LTE hotspot. My 4G/LTE mobile hotspot from Verizon runs from 7-10 times faster than 3G. The AT&T hotspot should have similar performance. But the AT&T 4G/LTE network is currently tiny compared to Verizon's (which covers about 200 cities in the US) and it will be another year before the AT&T network is deployed across the nation.

    Another major advantage from my standpoint is that my mobile hotspot can connect up to five devices simultaneously. Thus, I use it for the iPad, my phone, and my laptop simultaneously. And because I'm allotted five gigs of downloads per month (for $50 on contract) I don't usually have to worry about exceeding that ceiling and being charged additionally.

    For me, the mobile hotspot is a tremendous convenience because I travel a lot and frequently find that "free wifi" in hotels is worth what I'm paying for it. On the other hand, if the OP is a light user of a cell network, does not travel to or live in an AT&T 4G/LTE coverage area, and has already purchased an iPad with 3G capabilities, the additional value of a mobile hotspot may not be worth the $50 per month it costs.

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    I would say if you have to travel, then you have a legitimite reason to return it. They must have some sort of guarantee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsh1120
    AT&T's 4G network is, indeed, LTE. And if the OP purchased a "4G" hotspot from AT&T it is almost certainly an LTE hotspot. My 4G/LTE mobile hotspot from Verizon runs from 7-10 times faster than 3G. The AT&T hotspot should have similar performance. But the AT&T 4G/LTE network is currently tiny compared to Verizon's (which covers about 200 cities in the US) and it will be another year before the AT&T network is deployed across the nation.

    Another major advantage from my standpoint is that my mobile hotspot can connect up to five devices simultaneously. Thus, I use it for the iPad, my phone, and my laptop simultaneously. And because I'm allotted five gigs of downloads per month (for $50 on contract) I don't usually have to worry about exceeding that ceiling and being charged additionally.

    For me, the mobile hotspot is a tremendous convenience because I travel a lot and frequently find that "free wifi" in hotels is worth what I'm paying for it. On the other hand, if the OP is a light user of a cell network, does not travel to or live in an AT&T 4G/LTE coverage area, and has already purchased an iPad with 3G capabilities, the additional value of a mobile hotspot may not be worth the $50 per month it costs.
    You have such good information!! Thanks as always.

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    Very Little. I'm on Sprint's "4G" and i must say that the marginal speed improvement is not worth the drain on the battery.

    Until they get the power consumption handled, 4G is not ready for prime time.


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