@gblackma The averge user browsing, searching, Google maps, messaging, and even watching videos on their phone will not notice much of a difference. The resolution of videos may change from 1080p to 720p or 480p, but that still is not a noticable difference on a small cell phone screen. You might actually end using less data in this scenario without a significant difference in experience
If you have a text and call only plan, then add-on data you buy will default to 4GLTE. All other plans are 3G, and add-on data will default to 3G.
PM has LTE but is is throttled to 3G. For most internet use there is not much of a difference. If plan on streaming 4K video or high quality music streams then there maybe a difference. It is cost savings measure for lower plan costs.
PM fits a niche in parent company TELUS' offerings. To open up 4G LTE at bargain basement prices would canibalize the rest of the company's offerings. They would be very popular for 24 hours until the other guys had to match them then business would continue with less and less money available to expand and improve the network.
It's probably what keeps PM so low and still work underground on trains and warehouses such as Costco.
@Dlysh113 uhm, no. Public Mobile still uses the LTE network, but throttled to "3G-like" speeds of 3Mbps. Throttling the speed has no effect on whether or not the service works undergroun on trains and warehouses such as Costco.
@Aljackson75 It's essentially LTE at 3G speeds and the throttling may not be perfect, which results in faster speeds. The response time between sending a request and fulfilling it (latency) is usually more important for most apps and browsing
My plan says it's up to 3G speeds. But I always seem to be on LTE. I've had no issues with the speed.
Unless there is no LTE signal (or weak LTE signal), your phone will likely stay on LTE most of the time until you're making or receiving a phone call.