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Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

3G vs LTE

I'm on a grandfathered plan. Unlimited texting plus unlimited province-wide calling and 12 gigs over my 3 month plan for $120

 

I'm considering swiching over to the $40 promotional plan for the nationwide calling and extra data per month.

 

I'm not sure how much of a speed drop off there would be. Please respond if you've switched from an LTE plan to 3g or just your experience in general with 3g

 

Thanks!

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Retired Oracle / Oracle Retraité

Re: 3G vs LTE


@canuckfan77 wrote:

I'm on a grandfathered plan. Unlimited texting plus unlimited province-wide calling and 12 gigs over my 3 month plan for $120

 

I'm considering swiching over to the $40 promotional plan for the nationwide calling and extra data per month.

 

I'm not sure how much of a speed drop off there would be. Please respond if you've switched from an LTE plan to 3g or just your experience in general with 3g

 

Thanks!


When you are connected to the LTE network, the speed is reduced to 3Mbps.  That's fine for most things. When you're doing something such as watching videos, a tv show or movie might take a few seconds longer to buffer before playing starts, while on a full speed LTE plan, it would often be instant.  You will still be able to use either the LTE or HSPA (3g) networks for data, but all phone calls will still go through HSPA/3g.

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Mayor / Maire

Re: 3G vs LTE

Nice edit 🙂 I was about to make a joke.

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Retired Oracle / Oracle Retraité

Re: 3G vs LTE


@z10user4 wrote:

Nice edit 🙂 I was about to make a joke.


LOL, (a swear word) instead of buffer... it wouldn't have been the worst ever typo.

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Mayor / Maire

Re: 3G vs LTE


@computergeek541 wrote:

@z10user4 wrote:

Nice edit 🙂 I was about to make a joke.


LOL, (a swear word) instead of buffer... it wouldn't have been the worst ever typo.


I thought it was funny it got past the bleeper.

 

edited by computergeek541:  my typo is actually considered swearing in some countries

 

Just to be clear, @computergeek541 had posted an inadvertent auto-correct typo of a word that has several meanings, one of which is indeed as mentioned. He quickly edited it. I observed that. I wrote the above in reply more as a "hmph interesting".

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Mayor / Maire

Re: 3G vs LTE

LTE is normally faster than 3G but PM throttles it to 3MB/sec. 3G is not thottled so it's around 15MB/sec. 

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Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: 3G vs LTE

with PM the speeds will be quite comparable, LTE is throttled at a certain point where 3G is not. As long as you're not looking to stream daily with 3G you wouldn't notice much difference in my opinion.

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Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: 3G vs LTE

A lot of apps now have settings where you can choose to set the stream to a very low speed. My Bell Fibe TV app is just one example and You Tube has settings that you can choose as low as 144 kilo bytes. These are great to control vidoes from pausing during play due to buffering and control your data useage.

 

I'm on the $45 - 6.5 GB plan and never have a problem getting close to that limit.

 

So I would recomend that you view your video/audio streaming apps to see if they the have an option to downgrade the quality. I personally do not need to see HD videos on my smart phone!

 

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Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: 3G vs LTE

I don't see the 3g network as a network option in my area in Toronto - where are the public mobile 3g networks?

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Mayor / Maire

Re: 3G vs LTE


@mynewhome wrote:

I don't see the 3g network as a network option in my area in Toronto - where are the public mobile 3g networks?


You change what your phone picks up. Manually scan for networks. You should see Public Mobile. Select it. Then change the services that your phone can pick up. 3G is like saying WCDMA or UMTS or HSPA. If you see options like those then you're looking at "3G".