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Gunner1
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Network question 3G or LTE

Hi guys I'm new here thinking of getting public mobile phone as a secondary phone. Im with Telus mainline and have been for many years. My question is it states that Public mobile works with 3G only but other users in other forums say it goes onto the LTE network is that true or false? 

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geopublic
Mayor / Maire

Re: Network question 3G or LTE


@Gunner1 wrote:

Hi guys I'm new here thinking of getting public mobile phone as a secondary phone. Im with Telus mainline and have been for many years. My question is it states that Public mobile works with 3G only but other users in other forums say it goes onto the LTE network is that true or false? 


@Gunner1  Public uses both 3G (for calls, texts and data) and LTE (texts and data). If you connect via LTE it will automatically use 3G for calls and once the call has ended switch back to LTE.

 

You also have the option to set your device to use 3G only if you wish. (Not recommended if your device supports 4G).

Staliger
Mayor / Maire

Re: Network question 3G or LTE

@Gunner1 PM operates using Telus and Bells towers with LTE, but the speed is throttled to 3Mb/sec. Hint: if you force your phone to connect to 3G instead of LTE, you can increase your data speed up to 15-20mb/s

Gunner1
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Network question 3G or LTE

That's great news! Thanks for you help. Will order sim right away. Stay safe! 

Gunner1
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Network question 3G or LTE

Ok so I'm better off being on 3G especially if at the time being I'm in a remote area with only 2-3 bars of LTE on my regular Telus phone. However based on what you are telling me data will be significantly slower to load than normal cellular is that correct?

 

Triguy
Mayor / Maire

Re: Network question 3G or LTE

You won't notice a difference unless you are streaming 4k video or high quality music.  For most general use like surfing webpages and checking email there should no speed difference.

https://productioncommunity.publicmobile.ca/t5/Discussions/3G-vs-LTE/m-p/304309#M82223

geopublic
Mayor / Maire

Re: Network question 3G or LTE


@Gunner1 wrote:

Ok so I'm better off being on 3G especially if at the time being I'm in a remote area with only 2-3 bars of LTE on my regular Telus phone. However based on what you are telling me data will be significantly slower to load than normal cellular is that correct?

 


@Gunner1  Best to leave your phone on auto. LTE Lite (Throttled to 3Mbps) is not slow and good for 99% of the tasks unless you want to view movies in 4K or livestream. Also, keep in mind that in most places LTE has better coverage and is less congested.

Staliger
Mayor / Maire

Re: Network question 3G or LTE

@Gunner1 When you get and activate your SIM, you can do a test. Automatically, it connect to LTE. Turn on your data and use speedtest website or any other website to test the speed of the internet. Then, go to your phone settings and force it to connect to 3G instead, and test the speed again. You will see the difference. But if you are not relying on data speed, it is up to you what to use 3G or LTE. There is no such a big difference.

What I did notice, with 1-2 signal LTE bars, my phone dies faster than with full 3G bars. So I use 3G because I live quite far from a good LTE signal. But I can't say for others, and what they face with their devices.

BearFBI
Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: Network question 3G or LTE

@Gunner1 Its best to leave it on LTE. 3G may have better speeds on a speediest but the latency is high and its not consistent. Even though the LTE is throttled to 3 Download it still is faster than 15 download on 3G.

hairbag1
Mayor / Maire

Re: Network question 3G or LTE


@Gunner1 wrote:

Hi guys I'm new here thinking of getting public mobile phone as a secondary phone. Im with Telus mainline and have been for many years. My question is it states that Public mobile works with 3G only but other users in other forums say it goes onto the LTE network is that true or false? 


I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much your "secondary phone" exceeds your expectation.

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