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Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

4G plans?

Hey is there a list of prices for 4G data plans? I think I got a 3G plane? Anyone notice a difference going from 4G to 3G?

Mayor / Maire

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@LeafLife wrote:

Hey is there a list of prices for 4G data plans? I think I got a 3G plane? Anyone notice a difference going from 4G to 3G?


There's only one pre-made 4G plan with data-only.

The build your own has many 4G choices with calling and texting options.

Seems people say there isn't much difference using the 3G here (which is actually throttled LTE) from LTE. If you're wanting to stream HD video maybe you might see some lags.

Re: 4G plans?


@LeafLife wrote:

Hey is there a list of prices for 4G data plans? I think I got a 3G plane? Anyone notice a difference going from 4G to 3G?


Currenlty offered LTE plans are shown here:  https://www.publicmobile.ca/en/bc/plans

 

You'll need to click on "Build your own plan" and select the options you want (other than the 1GB data-only LTE Ready-made plan).

Mayor / Maire

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@LeafLifeYou can find the pricing going to the Build Your Own Section on the Plans page. Do note once you go to 4G the PM's price advantage evaporates especially since Bell's unlimited plans now have EPP discount already. So basically you are paying the same price for limited data buckets with 3rd tier support.. WHY would you want to do that?!

Mayor / Maire

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@LeafLife 

Most of the pre-made plan/promotions are with 3G plans.  

 

There is one 4G - 1GB data only plan for $30   https://www.publicmobile.ca/en/bc/plans/30for1GB-4GLTE

 

Most of the 4G plans you will have to "build your own plan"  The price of 4G plans are similar to other telecom mobile companies.  

 

For most day to day use of data, you won't notice a big difference.  Don't forget that Public Mobile is actually LTE throttled to 3 G speeds, so you will get LTE latency with the data.  

Oracle

Re: 4G plans?

@LeafLife , the 4G or full speed LTE plans do offer faster speeds.  That said there's no real difference in terms of what you will probably do with mobile data.  Since all the deal are for the so called 3G speed plans, I suggest shopping for those only.  

Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: 4G plans?

Thanks for asking- I’m curious as well 

Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

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@Dunkmanwhat is the benefit of LTE/4G/3G? Is it really all just speed related?

Mayor / Maire

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At Public Mobile if you have a LTE phone that is compatible with PM, then you are actually using LTE mode by default.. but throtled at 3Mbps.

 

If you don't have a LTE phone but is using a phone that is still compatible with PM's network.. then you are using the network at 3G unthrottled (works out to be a bit faster than LTE throttled).

 

Now to achieve fastest speed depends on which LTE modem your phone has, the latest ones are LTE Category 16. If you have that eg an iPhone XS and have full speed LTE; You can suck down a huge amount of data in an ideal condition eg outside on the steps of Union station where I tried at the expense of battery. So to achieve peak performance you need the network AND the phone that are both capable of achieving max speed.

 

It is not speed related but also latency (the time between requests) aka lag.. LTE has lower latency in general.

Mayor / Maire

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@PublicLove wrote:

@Dunkmanwhat is the benefit of LTE/4G/3G? Is it really all just speed related?


LTE and 4G are really the same. The "3G" here is actually the LTE throttled down to so-called 3G speeds or actually 3mbps. Yes the full LTE would be faster. But for the usual mobile browsing needs it's generally plenty adequate if not unnoticable.