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Donderick23
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

3G or 4G

Hello all,

 

Just wanted some feed back in regards to the usage of 3G and 4G speeds on public mobile.

 

- what your experience between both?

- price difference and is it worth it? 

- what do you prefer and why?

 

Cheers,

 

Donderick23

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youbme
Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: 3G or 4G

Hello @Donderick23,

 

I agree with most of what has already been said, but in case you are looking for more threads illustrating real world examples, check out this thread and the links within it for some videos demonstrating the difference:

https://productioncommunity.publicmobile.ca/t5/Getting-Started/3G-vs-LTE/m-p/248442#M43796

 

One last point from my own experience switching from an older LTE plan to a 3G plan (currently), I've noticed very little differences except when streaming video it is only a minor difference (and I rarely do that anyway without WiFi). I regularly stream music and never found any issues. Give it a try and if it's too slow, you're only committing to 30 days...

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ShawnC13
Oracle

Re: 3G or 4G


@Donderick23 wrote:

Hello all,

 

Just wanted some feed back in regards to the usage of 3G and 4G speeds on public mobile.

 

- what your experience between both?

- price difference and is it worth it? 

- what do you prefer and why?

 

Cheers,

 

Donderick23


The key thing to note is that the 3G is actually still a 4G connection with the benefit of that 4G Latency just at a throttled speed.  I ran a test sim for a month and had no issues doing my normal internet requiremes.  If you are streaming Hi-def video you will be pushing it.  For streaming music, and my regular interent browsing and emailing I had no issues.


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mimmo
Oracle

Re: 3G or 4G

First they are both LTE. The 3g one is just capped at 3mbs.

 

I am now on the 4.5 GB promo and really find no real difference in general usage. I do not watch videos just general browsing etc.  

 

For price it is great.  Plus it seems koodo is targeting these plans regularly if you want to upgrade to koodo in future.

 

You can also get the 3g plan try it out for 30 days then upgrade to full LTE by futuredateing your plan on renewal if you find the 3g to bee too slow.

Scotty2
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: 3G or 4G

Hi @Donderick23 - As others have mentioned, it really depends on what you do with your data.  If you stream videos (Youtube) or download or even stream music, you will notice a massive difference between 3G and LTE.  Even loading web pages will take noticeably longer on 3G.  If you use Whatsapp or Facetime for video calling, that will also be much better on LTE.  If you just use your phone mostly for calling, texting and general internet stuff, you should be fine with 3G.  Expect buffering and frustration if you are trying to stream with 3G vs. LTE.  I personally have a 3G plan and restrict my streaming to when I an connected to WiFi, due to the significant lags I get.

 

Good luck and I hope this helps! 

mimmo
Oracle

Re: 3G or 4G

@Scotty2 you are the first  person reporting such bad performance on the 3g.  Most people only reported issues with high def videos from what I recall.

 Good to have other real world experience.

 

Donderick23
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: 3G or 4G

I also just signed up for the 6GB on 3G for 50$ and going to test it out now. Gonna ahead over to the gym and turn on Spotify and see how it goes!

 

I myself use. My phone more for answering emails on the go checking a few socials and Kijiji. Of course the text and calls every now and then.

 

I hope I don't go over my 6GB haha!

Scotty2
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: 3G or 4G

Hi @mimmo - I'm just really picky.  LOL!!  If I experience any buffering, my frustration level goes from 1 to 10 in a heartbeat.  But you're right.  3G is good, but you will experience the odd lag or buffering.  Most people are good with it, because they have some patience.  Unlike me. 🙂

 

Thanks!

youbme
Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: 3G or 4G

Hello @Donderick23,

 

I agree with most of what has already been said, but in case you are looking for more threads illustrating real world examples, check out this thread and the links within it for some videos demonstrating the difference:

https://productioncommunity.publicmobile.ca/t5/Getting-Started/3G-vs-LTE/m-p/248442#M43796

 

One last point from my own experience switching from an older LTE plan to a 3G plan (currently), I've noticed very little differences except when streaming video it is only a minor difference (and I rarely do that anyway without WiFi). I regularly stream music and never found any issues. Give it a try and if it's too slow, you're only committing to 30 days...

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Donderick23
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: 3G or 4G

Awesome! Thanks for that link! Will definitely help me more on the decision.

 

And thank you everyone for the quick responses! 

Really great first impression with the whole public mobile community thing!

Effort
Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: 3G or 4G

Spotify works on even the slowest and most awful data so it isn't a great test.

 

If someone was on Mobilicity before they were bought out by Rogers, they can understand this post. Majority of the time, my data wouldn't even load webpages or email. Yet Spotify would continue playing music like nothing was wrong. I was using a free account at the time so songs weren't downloaded.

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