Re: 4G is great, just get a big battery
Exactly! Please, listen to some of us who actually *have* LTE and use it before you decide it's not worth it. Here are the problems:
1. Problem: Power draw/battery life. Solution: bigger battery. I have a Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX (yes, Motorola marketing has the CAPS LOCK on) with a 3800mAh battery, and easilly get a day out of it in almost all situations. Only under extremely heavy use have I not made it a day. Make sure you are voting with your money and telling your vendor you're willing to gain a few mm thickness and mg weight for the ability to go a whole day.
2. Problem: Limited service. Solution: All providers are going to move to LTE, start building out their networks using LTE equipment instead of 3G or earlier. Verizon (in the US) is being very aggressive with their build-out, now that they have a nationwide frequency license. The sooner they can get LTE to cover the nation, the sooner they can switch to LTE voice, turn off their old equipment, and sell that (equipment, spectrum) to someone else. This should also improve battery life, as phones won't have to be on LTE for data and CDMA for voice, so they can turn off the CDMA radio.
3. Problem: Using up data caps quicker. Solution: None. Unfortunately, the competition isn't there, yet, so you can't pay $20/month and get unlimited 4G service. Hopefully, it will come someday, but I wouldn't hold my breath. If you're lucky enough (like me) to have an "unlimited" plan, make sure to include it in your will. ;-)
4. Problem: Bottleneck at the tower. Solution: I have a friend who does contract work for Verizon, and he says they require fiber to each tower when putting in LTE, so that data can be fast from the tower. Hopefully your vendor will learn from this and build similarly, but they might try to cut corners.
1. Coverage: As one commenter mentioned, rural places that don't have high-speed cables in the ground are much more likely to see high-speed LTE.
2. Speed: Have you ever *used* LTE?!? I can tether my notebook or my tablet to my phone via WiFi, and Internet access is just as fast as or faster than any I've ever used.
Yeah, the first few months the service might be spotty. But, it will get better. Don't be scared just because it's only offered in once place today. It is the future, and coverage will expand. The providers do have a financial incentive to do so.