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Do You Think Your iPhone 4 Is ‘4G’?

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Do you think your iPhone 4 is “4G”? Because 34% of iPhone users surveyed by Retrevo think so! I’ll admit, I was rather surprised at first read that someone could mixup iPhone 4 with 4G, but when you think about it, it kind of makes sense. People simply think the “4” in iPhone “4” means “4G”.

Maybe the “4” in the iPhone 4 name gives iPhone owners (34%) the false impression that they already own a 4G phone but the fact is Apple doesn’t offer a 4G phone at the moment. Coincidentally, a suspiciously large percentage of Android and BlackBerry owners may be suffering from the same delusion.

This survey goes to show that there are a large number of misinformed owners out there, as consumers seem to be confused about what 4G is. To make matters worse, the wireless carriers across North America are using the term “4G” to represent their networks. These days, “4G” is being applied to LTE (Long Term Evolution) and even HSPA+ wireless networks, even though these “4G” networks are not delivering true 4G speeds.

As for the iPhone and Apple, there is no expectation that Apple will release a LTE-supported device this year and will instead continue to support HSPA+. While HSPA+ support is not technically “4G”, the wireless carriers continue to advertise it as 4G.

Be honest. Do you, or anyone you know, think their iPhone 4 is “4G” because of the “4” in iPhone?

*Thanks Billy

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  • Guestful

    maybe it’s because apple always releases new generations of their products so people think they have the 4th generation iPhone, which they do….not that its HSPA+ compatible….

  • Guestful

    maybe it’s because apple always releases new generations of their products so people think they have the 4th generation iPhone, which they do….not that its HSPA+ compatible….

  • Guestful

    maybe it’s because apple always releases new generations of their products so people think they have the 4th generation iPhone, which they do….not that its HSPA+ compatible….

  • Guestful

    maybe it’s because apple always releases new generations of their products so people think they have the 4th generation iPhone, which they do….not that its HSPA+ compatible….

  • Guestful

    maybe it’s because apple always releases new generations of their products so people think they have the 4th generation iPhone, which they do….not that its HSPA+ compatible….

  • Anonymous

    ooo sure, my iphone 4 is 4G… as in Forth Generation… but realistically never though it had 4G data speed

  • Anonymous

    ooo sure, my iphone 4 is 4G… as in Forth Generation… but realistically never though it had 4G data speed

  • Anonymous

    ooo sure, my iphone 4 is 4G… as in Forth Generation… but realistically never though it had 4G data speed

  • Anonymous

    ooo sure, my iphone 4 is 4G… as in Forth Generation… but realistically never though it had 4G data speed

  • Anonymous

    ooo sure, my iphone 4 is 4G… as in Forth Generation… but realistically never though it had 4G data speed

  • Anonymous

    in my opinion, if you think an iPhone 4 is a ‘4G’ phone, you’re a dumbass.

  • Anonymous

    in my opinion, if you think an iPhone 4 is a ‘4G’ phone, you’re a dumbass.

  • Anonymous

    in my opinion, if you think an iPhone 4 is a ‘4G’ phone, you’re a dumbass.

  • Anonymous

    in my opinion, if you think an iPhone 4 is a ‘4G’ phone, you’re a dumbass.

  • Darre

    Speaking oh 4G the new iPhone better allow for the new 4G network.

  • Darre

    Speaking oh 4G the new iPhone better allow for the new 4G network.

  • Darre

    Speaking oh 4G the new iPhone better allow for the new 4G network.

  • Darre

    Speaking oh 4G the new iPhone better allow for the new 4G network.

  • Darre

    Speaking oh 4G the new iPhone better allow for the new 4G network.

  • Darre

    Speaking oh 4G the new iPhone better allow for the new 4G network.

  • Darre

    Speaking oh 4G the new iPhone better allow for the new 4G network.

  • The 4″G” stands for forth generation. As in iPod Touch 4G. Do people think the iPod Touch has “4G” connectivity? I think the survey may be a little flawed. I guess I’m just finding it hard to believe some people are that misinformed.

  • The 4″G” stands for forth generation. As in iPod Touch 4G. Do people think the iPod Touch has “4G” connectivity? I think the survey may be a little flawed. I guess I’m just finding it hard to believe some people are that misinformed.

  • The 4″G” stands for forth generation. As in iPod Touch 4G. Do people think the iPod Touch has “4G” connectivity? I think the survey may be a little flawed. I guess I’m just finding it hard to believe some people are that misinformed.

  • The 4″G” stands for forth generation. As in iPod Touch 4G. Do people think the iPod Touch has “4G” connectivity? I think the survey may be a little flawed. I guess I’m just finding it hard to believe some people are that misinformed.

  • Anonymous

    I agree … But these people are the same people who find themselves lost when they come to a door that says ‘push’

  • Anonymous

    I agree … But these people are the same people who find themselves lost when they come to a door that says ‘push’

  • Anonymous

    I agree … But these people are the same people who find themselves lost when they come to a door that says ‘push’

  • Ex

    lol

  • Ex

    lol

  • Ex

    lol

  • Tz616379

    I guess you didn’t read the article very well. It’s talking solely about the iPhone 4. Nowhere does it say anything about the fourth generation iPod Touch.

  • Tz616379

    I guess you didn’t read the article very well. It’s talking solely about the iPhone 4. Nowhere does it say anything about the fourth generation iPod Touch.

  • Tz616379

    I guess you didn’t read the article very well. It’s talking solely about the iPhone 4. Nowhere does it say anything about the fourth generation iPod Touch.

  • Just making a comparison. I know the article didn’t mention it. I mentioned it. I was asking, “Do people think the iPod Touch 4G has 4G connectivity?”. The same way they think the iPhone 4 has 4G connectivity. Why would you bother to post a comment like that anyway? Who really cares what I think? I’m just a guy expressing an opinion.

  • Just making a comparison. I know the article didn’t mention it. I mentioned it. I was asking, “Do people think the iPod Touch 4G has 4G connectivity?”. The same way they think the iPhone 4 has 4G connectivity. Why would you bother to post a comment like that anyway? Who really cares what I think? I’m just a guy expressing an opinion.

  • Just making a comparison. I know the article didn’t mention it. I mentioned it. I was asking, “Do people think the iPod Touch 4G has 4G connectivity?”. The same way they think the iPhone 4 has 4G connectivity. Why would you bother to post a comment like that anyway? Who really cares what I think? I’m just a guy expressing an opinion.

  • Ex

    I care!

    🙂

  • MrAnonymous

    Nope.  I think it’s a 3GS V2.

  • MrAnonymous

    Nope.  I think it’s a 3GS V2.

  • MrAnonymous

    Nope.  I think it’s a 3GS V2.

  • MrAnonymous

    Nope.  I think it’s a 3GS V2.

  • MrAnonymous

    Nope.  I think it’s a 3GS V2.

  • KL

    I’m thinking the 34% are the ppl that bought the phone, not the the great phone it is, but bought it fir the conformity. Same ppl that run around bragging the phone can be a light saber.

    One thing I’m glad to see, no one is claiming it was Apple’s intention to mislead.

  • No, I think it’s because 34% of the self-printed signage at cell phone stores I see, and often the salespeople, call it the “iPhone 4G” and therefore people assume they have an iPhone 4G. From there, when these people are asked in a survey if they plan to buy a 4G phone, of course they’re going to say “I already have one.” They think it’s called an iPhone 4G because they’ve been told it is. They have no idea what a 4G network is, they don’t even know what their phone is actually called.

  • No, I think it’s because 34% of the self-printed signage at cell phone stores I see, and often the salespeople, call it the “iPhone 4G” and therefore people assume they have an iPhone 4G. From there, when these people are asked in a survey if they plan to buy a 4G phone, of course they’re going to say “I already have one.” They think it’s called an iPhone 4G because they’ve been told it is. They have no idea what a 4G network is, they don’t even know what their phone is actually called.

  • No, I think it’s because 34% of the self-printed signage at cell phone stores I see, and often the salespeople, call it the “iPhone 4G” and therefore people assume they have an iPhone 4G. From there, when these people are asked in a survey if they plan to buy a 4G phone, of course they’re going to say “I already have one.” They think it’s called an iPhone 4G because they’ve been told it is. They have no idea what a 4G network is, they don’t even know what their phone is actually called.

  • No, I think it’s because 34% of the self-printed signage at cell phone stores I see, and often the salespeople, call it the “iPhone 4G” and therefore people assume they have an iPhone 4G. From there, when these people are asked in a survey if they plan to buy a 4G phone, of course they’re going to say “I already have one.” They think it’s called an iPhone 4G because they’ve been told it is. They have no idea what a 4G network is, they don’t even know what their phone is actually called.

  • No, I think it’s because 34% of the self-printed signage at cell phone stores I see, and often the salespeople, call it the “iPhone 4G” and therefore people assume they have an iPhone 4G. From there, when these people are asked in a survey if they plan to buy a 4G phone, of course they’re going to say “I already have one.” They think it’s called an iPhone 4G because they’ve been told it is. They have no idea what a 4G network is, they don’t even know what their phone is actually called.

  • No, I think it’s because 34% of the self-printed signage at cell phone stores I see, and often the salespeople, call it the “iPhone 4G” and therefore people assume they have an iPhone 4G. From there, when these people are asked in a survey if they plan to buy a 4G phone, of course they’re going to say “I already have one.” They think it’s called an iPhone 4G because they’ve been told it is. They have no idea what a 4G network is, they don’t even know what their phone is actually called.

  • Anonymous

    Not as bad as my buddy going your iPhone 4 is slow. I thought it had 4g speeds lol. 4G or lte didn’t exist and not on a iPhone max 7.2 D/L. And barely even hits 4 on Rogers crap network.

  • Anonymous

    Not as bad as my buddy going your iPhone 4 is slow. I thought it had 4g speeds lol. 4G or lte didn’t exist and not on a iPhone max 7.2 D/L. And barely even hits 4 on Rogers crap network.

  • Anonymous

    Not as bad as my buddy going your iPhone 4 is slow. I thought it had 4g speeds lol. 4G or lte didn’t exist and not on a iPhone max 7.2 D/L. And barely even hits 4 on Rogers crap network.

  • Dark_phoenix00x

    Most people I know think that the phone is and when you tell them it isn’t they argue to death with ya :-S oh well, whatcanyoudo?

  • Dark_phoenix00x

    Most people I know think that the phone is and when you tell them it isn’t they argue to death with ya :-S oh well, whatcanyoudo?

  • Calgary

    i bet you 34% of people don’t know what 3G or Wifi is….havent you ever been asked if you can download without internet :S ?

  • Calgary

    i bet you 34% of people don’t know what 3G or Wifi is….havent you ever been asked if you can download without internet :S ?

  • Calgary

    i bet you 34% of people don’t know what 3G or Wifi is….havent you ever been asked if you can download without internet :S ?

  • Calgary

    i bet you 34% of people don’t know what 3G or Wifi is….havent you ever been asked if you can download without internet :S ?

  • Prelude1998

    Some people just have no clue.

  • Prelude1998

    Some people just have no clue.

  • Prelude1998

    Some people just have no clue.

  • Chris

    Yeah the problem here is apple should have called their 2nd iPhone iPhone2 instead of iPhone3G.. 
    Plus I don’t get how people can only see a 3G network in their status bar and still think they have a 4G and not get mad that they aren’t getting full connection to the latest and greatest network…

  • Chris

    Yeah the problem here is apple should have called their 2nd iPhone iPhone2 instead of iPhone3G.. 
    Plus I don’t get how people can only see a 3G network in their status bar and still think they have a 4G and not get mad that they aren’t getting full connection to the latest and greatest network…

  • Chris

    Yeah the problem here is apple should have called their 2nd iPhone iPhone2 instead of iPhone3G.. 
    Plus I don’t get how people can only see a 3G network in their status bar and still think they have a 4G and not get mad that they aren’t getting full connection to the latest and greatest network…

  • Chris

    Yeah it’s 4th generation iPhone not 4th gen cell network capable 🙂

  • Chris

    Yeah it’s 4th generation iPhone not 4th gen cell network capable 🙂

  • Chris

    Yeah it’s 4th generation iPhone not 4th gen cell network capable 🙂

  • Busman

    Anyone who has an iPhone 4 and thinks is called an iPhone 4G, shouldn’t own a phone. They are the same people who think streaming video uses no bandwidth because it isn’t saved to your computer.

  • David

    What is brutal is the fact that three CRTC or whatever board in canada decided it was ok for companies to start calling there HSPA+ networks 4G.

    Bell and telus were the first providers to hop on this bandwagon, and due to the overwhelming demand from uneducated consumers demanding they want the same network as billus, the rest have followed.

    I must say, its nice to see that Rogers is bringing out three First ACCUAL ‘4G’ network in canada(LTE)

  • David

    What is brutal is the fact that three CRTC or whatever board in canada decided it was ok for companies to start calling there HSPA+ networks 4G.

    Bell and telus were the first providers to hop on this bandwagon, and due to the overwhelming demand from uneducated consumers demanding they want the same network as billus, the rest have followed.

    I must say, its nice to see that Rogers is bringing out three First ACCUAL ‘4G’ network in canada(LTE)

  • David

    What is brutal is the fact that three CRTC or whatever board in canada decided it was ok for companies to start calling there HSPA+ networks 4G.

    Bell and telus were the first providers to hop on this bandwagon, and due to the overwhelming demand from uneducated consumers demanding they want the same network as billus, the rest have followed.

    I must say, its nice to see that Rogers is bringing out three First ACCUAL ‘4G’ network in canada(LTE)

  • Anonymous

    Come on think about it. Some people only own an iPhone as a fashion accessory. Thus, have no clue. Thumbs up to prelude.

  • Anonymous

    Come on think about it. Some people only own an iPhone as a fashion accessory. Thus, have no clue. Thumbs up to prelude.

  • Michael

    If you go by the definitions set by International Telecommunication Union, LTE is only Pre-4G. You don’t get to “real” 4G until you get to LTE Advanced.

  • Anonymous

    Straight up man. Technologically challenged people annoy the crap out of me. Also when people spell iPhone as I-phone or Iphone.

    -Sent from my iPad

  • Anonymous

    Straight up man. Technologically challenged people annoy the crap out of me. Also when people spell iPhone as I-phone or Iphone.

    -Sent from my iPad

  • Anonymous

    Straight up man. Technologically challenged people annoy the crap out of me. Also when people spell iPhone as I-phone or Iphone.

    -Sent from my iPad

  • Anonymous

    Straight up man. Technologically challenged people annoy the crap out of me. Also when people spell iPhone as I-phone or Iphone.

    -Sent from my iPad

  • Shaggy

    I agree.

    Those people that can’t figure out how to turn the “Sent from my iPad” signatures off also annoy me to no end.

  • Shaggy

    I agree.

    Those people that can’t figure out how to turn the “Sent from my iPad” signatures off also annoy me to no end.

  • Shaggy

    I agree.

    Those people that can’t figure out how to turn the “Sent from my iPad” signatures off also annoy me to no end.

  • Shaggy

    I agree.

    Those people that can’t figure out how to turn the “Sent from my iPad” signatures off also annoy me to no end.

  • Anonymous

    Lol I just did a fresh restore, that’s why.

    -Varman Jeyaseelan

  • 420iphone4

    Whoever thinks iphone 4s are 4g is a fucking dumbass, i own one and even the phone itself refers to it as 3g, stupid fuck.

  • 420iphone4

    Whoever thinks iphone 4s are 4g is a fucking dumbass, i own one and even the phone itself refers to it as 3g, stupid fuck.

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