∞ 34% of iPhone users think they already have 4G

Either people don’t listen to what features they’re getting on their phones or they believe what they want. Regardless, some answers from a new study are surprising.

[ad#Google Adsense 300x250 in story]The survey, done by consumer electronics review and shopping site Retrevo, shows that 34 percent of iPhone owners mistakenly think they already have 4G. That’s kind of scary — I wonder what will happen when they realize they only have 3G.

Keeping in mind that so many people think they already have 4G, I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising that 22 percent of the people surveyed don’t think 4G performance is worth the cost. When asked if the 4G data plan costs too much, 30 percent said it did.

On the good news side of the survey, 40 percent of people say they’ll buy the next iPhone, even if it doesn’t have 4G.

Retrevo said the survey was conducted for them by an independent panel in June 2011. The sample size was over 1,000 distributed across gender, age, income and location in the United States.



  • http://www.gtdaily.net/?source=disqus George Tinari

    I believe it. I have to hold myself back from attacking people that call the iPhone 4 the “iPhone 4G”.

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      I sometimes do, as it is the 4th generation of the iPhone, but I can see why people are confused.

    • obiwandreas

      I generally reserve my wrath, annoyance, and chainsaw for those who say “iTouch.”

      • Anonymous

        AMEN.

    • Endlesshope07

      Some people say 4g bec they mean 4th generation . I heard it lots of times before and agreed its annoying. I unlock phones and fix them for a living. And I get lot of iPhone customers all think that they have 4g lol apple sure is fooling there customers. Ironic how I work with iPhones and hate them completely . Android all the way!

      • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

        So you think Apple has intentionally called the 4th generation iPhone ‘iPhone 4′ in order to fool customers into thinking they’re able to use a 4G network—which by the way isn’t a standard of any kind—right?

  • Matt

    Half of the people I know that have or are planning on purchasing an iPhone 4 call it the “iPhone 4G.” This coupled with all of the advertising that Verizon and AT&T are doing regarding their “4G networks” and selling an iPhone 4, it’s not surprising that consumers are confused.

  • Peter Cohen

    When they realize they only have 3G they will start an online petition demanding that draconian Apple restore their missing 1G!

  • http://twitter.com/Moeskido Moeskido

    My 1983 rotary-dial phone runs Flash and has a USB3 port so I can root it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AUPGBNTWS67NU2GTVQPWJDXU7I Jim

    What is funny about this too is that these people have no idea that they are using 3G and are still most likely perfectly satisfied with the speed.

  • Anonymous

    This is reminiscent of early HD TV owners who had no idea that they weren’t receiving HD signals and were only getting standard analog TV resolution. If I remember correctly, most of them were very satisfied with their High Definition TV.

  • http://twitter.com/thegraphicmac Jim Dempsey

    The 3G speed is pretty decent as it is. 4G, I’m sure, will be a fantastic upgrade – but at some point I have to look at the cost vs. benefit. A MacPro is awesome, but an iMac for hundreds less can do the same work with a barely noticeable speed hit for what I use it for.

    For me, 4G is just going to be an excuse for the carriers to either raise their rates, or make the existing rate plans more restrictive with caps.

    • Endlesshope07

      4g speed is actually a lot faster then regular 3G better performance over all tested on lots of phones. And most company’s actually charge the same price for 4g as 3G . Like Tmobile has unlimited data. 4g for 2gb and the rest 3G I believe

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrewshalat Andrew Shalat

    This is like the difference between Coke and Coke Classic. It’s marketing jargon. There is no real universal specification for “4G”. What’s a G? Generation. Duh. LTE? Long Term Evolution. Again, a relative, semantic distinction. Bovine scatology.

    • Peter Cohen

      I agree completely with what you’re saying about the definition of 4G. On the other hand, there’s a general understanding that “4G” means “something better than 3G.” Which iPhone 4 users are certainly not getting, regardless of whether their phones are on Verizon or AT&T.

    • http://twitter.com/F_Atom Brandon Chester

      There was a definition before the US carriers decided to rape it with advertising. The problem is the definition said that 4G was network like LTE advanced and WiMax 2.

      The ITU should have said that LTE is 4G and anyone else can shove it. As we see from Rogers in Canada and Verizon in the US LTE is what is being used for next generation networks. And I think the ITU was foolish when they didn’t see how substantial an upgrade LTE was over HSPA+.

  • B8birmingham

    lets face it 3g 4g 5g any g they will over sell and it will become 56k lol upgrade the network for demand not speed i say

  • Anonymous

    I have an iPhone 3GS versus my office compatriots with 4G (Sprint Wi-Max and Verizon LTE).  It’s definitely a noticeable difference.  I’m hoping Apple at least supports HSPA+ in the next iPhone.

  • http://www.iDoiDevices.com Jason Yeaman

    Even people who subscribe to ’4G’ service don’t have 4G. None of the carriers know what 4G is.

    Since no one is delivering 100Mb/s non stationary throughput….no one has 4G

  • Anonymous

    100% of Android users think they own a phone as good as an iPhone. Too bad they’re only kidding themselves.

    • JohnSmith

      Reviews, system specs and user-adoption completely contradicts your post – but that’s why iPhone fanatics are so damn adorable, they’re like children :)

      • TheAndroid1

        Reviews – Read Engadget, one of the few phones to receive a 9/10.  I don’t think there is a phone that has scored higher.  Wait for the iPhone 5.  Android phones have scored all across the board.

        System Specs – You can throw a thousand core processor with a terabyte of ram, if the operating system doesn’t run smooth (Which it doesn’t out of the box with 99% of the phones).

        User Adoption – Give me one android phone that has outsold the iphone, you can even count the free ones if you want to.  Just because more phones have it doesn’t mean it’s better.  By your logic, if windows mobile 4.0 was on the most phones, it would be the best.

        Neither Operating system is better, it is ALL about personal preference. (I prefer android but can’t say that it is absolutely better.)

        • Brad Martin

          The HTC EVO is the closest thing to the iPhone and the Thunderbolt is the same as the EVO just under a different service provider. Any phone review will tell you that. The Nexus Prime will be the ultimate android phone. Stop drinking the iPhone Kool-Aid.

        • beelzebozo partridge

          the iphone is years older than the android.  how about compare the similar generations of phone os before…

          • TheAndroid1

            I think you’re saying that android is a newer platform so I should compare it with a newer platform.  However the iPhone os is only one year older than android os. Plus, three years of time is plenty to catch up when you have so many companies “improving” your operating system.

    • Brad Martin

      Why is the iPhone so much better than all the other phones? Truth be told there is a phone for everyone, but you purchase a phone on your needs not because everyone has it. I see you are an individual that drinks the Kool-Aid like everyone else.

    • Shaun W Coleman

      the android is for grown ups that want to customize their phone

      • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

        If the carrier allows it of course. rolls eyes

        • Endlesshope07

          Lol they give you a hard ass time. But what kind of phoe do you have ? I root phones and unlock them for a living

          • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

            I’ve owned every iPhone since the 3G, even unlocked two of them, at least temporarily.

    • Endlesshope07

      Oh really ? Why aren’t you so smart! That why android has a quad core cell phone coming out? That’s why android is way more customizable ? That why you have full access to do whatever you want with your phone? That’s why the company lets you use it for other carriers instead of being lOcked to it? Face it iPhone is a overpriced piece of shit. People only get iPhones to say they have one. When theres way better phones out there. Apple made 5 iPhones do far. And still late on 4g ? Lol get out of here iPhone fag your exactly who apple targets. They make a new phone with voice command and people go crazy over it even tho everyone else had it years ago

      • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

        “That why android has a quad core cell phone coming out?” — Not out yet, doesn’t count.

        “That’s why android is way more customizable?” — In what way(s)? Basic system, UI, apps, settings?

        “That why you have full access to do whatever you want with your phone?” — If you buy a Google phone, mostly yes. If you buy one from carrier XYZ, not so much unless you root it, which you can do with the iPhone, too.

        “That’s why the company lets you use it for other carriers instead of being lOcked to it?” — My iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S were and are factory unlocked. I can use them with any carrier I like. I also have lots of carriers to choose from.

        “Face it iPhone is a overpriced piece of shit.” — Nope, compare factory prices of similarly spec’d smartphones and you’ll see that they cost about the same. The difference is that new iPhones keep their value, while other smartphones are quickly devalued because they’re easily substitutable and quickly replaced by the manufacturers.

        “People only get iPhones to say they have one. When theres way better phones out there.” — Some certainly do, but that’s got nothing to do with the quality of the device and I don’t think there are phones out there better than Apple’s phones. Comparable, yes.

        “Apple made 5 iPhones do far. And still late on 4g ?” — Yup, they are, because what you call 4G, is still a battery sucking, unoptimised, not well established allotment of wireless standards which aren’t ready for mass deployment. Instead they’re getting the same net speeds using the 3G standard.

        “Lol get out of here iPhone fag your exactly who apple targets” — That kind of language is rude, inappropriate and doesn’t belong on this blog.

        “They make a new phone with voice command and people go crazy over it even tho everyone else had it years ago” — No, no they didn’t. Google comes close to what Siri can do with their voice recognition software, but only close. Siri is really useful, you should try it. Also: There’re lots of others things to go “crazy” about with the 4S.

  • Vamsmack

    All this really shows is that people just don’t give a shit about their phone when it makes calls and plays their games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1105814420 Mike Orozco

    I have a friend that keeps saying he wants a 4g phone. I said, that there really isn’t true 4g in Austin, TX. He tells me his sister-in-law has an ATT 4g. I checked the website and they are calling HSPA+ 4g. It claims download speeds up to 6 mb/sec. I did a speed test on my iPhone4 and I got 4.96 Mbps. So, yeah, I too think I have a 4G phone as its just about as fast as the phones that AT&T is touting to be 4G.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1105814420 Mike Orozco

    I have a friend that keeps saying he wants a 4g phone. I said, that there really isn’t true 4g in Austin, TX. He tells me his sister-in-law has an ATT 4g. I checked the website and they are calling HSPA+ 4g. It claims download speeds up to 6 mb/sec. I did a speed test on my iPhone4 and I got 4.96 Mbps. So, yeah, I too think I have a 4G phone as its just about as fast as the phones that AT&T is touting to be 4G.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jesteraver Jesse P.S

    A proper 4G (LTE-Advanced) network wont be out until what, 2015?

    I just wonder how many people will think they have a 5G-network capable phone when the new iPhone comes out.

  • Brad Martin

    I don’t know why people would confuse the iPhone 4 with “iPhone 4G” not once did Apple ever mention any iPhone being on a 4G network. I hope they don’t think the next iPhone if it is called the iPhone 5 is a 5G phone!

  • Brad Martin

    I will say this about the iPhone. It is amazing the Apple as 1 phone 2 different sizes and it work for the vast majority of people. Apple made a phone that was idiot proof. The simplicity of Apple is what make the iPhone such as winner. You know what you are getting when you purchase the iPhone.

  • His Shadow

    4G is not about getting dungeon porn on your phone faster. 4G is about a network that is IP/packet switching based from end to end to end. Unless and until the legacy hardware in the cellular backbone and associated systems is swept away, getting hung up on download speeds as a metric for “4G” is just being a spec hamster.

  • His Shadow

    4G is not about getting dungeon porn on your phone faster. 4G is about a network that is IP/packet switching based from end to end to end. Unless and until the legacy hardware in the cellular backbone and associated systems is swept away, getting hung up on download speeds as a metric for “4G” is just being a spec hamster.

  • Vamsmack

    Erm the iPhone 3G was called the 3G because it had 3G connectivity right? So some people getting confused can be forgiven.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SEEZS2HWWFTBSVRDJ5PG45B7NI Ragen H

    I find it funny that there are so many iPhone owners out there that somehow couldn’t manage to read a spec sheet before spending a few hundred bucks on yet another Apple gimmick.  Then, they come on the intarwebz to defend their preciouses to the death by saying “well it COULD be confoozin’ cuz they sed so on a teevee!”  n00bs….

    I’m gonna go use your Verizon PRLs on my Sprint phone to steal your 3g bandwidth for a bit, lol.  And maybe after that I’ll oc my phone to 1.4 ghz, install a few ROMs to find one I like, theme said ROM exactly the way I want it to look, then watch some Netflix in 16 million colors on my 4″ AMOLED display, in Dolby 5.1, with Voodoo sound, and then maybe I’ll play some TegraZone games with 3d graphics on my easily hackable, super HUGE and super COMFY full 5 row keyboard, and I’ll rest easy knowing my Gorilla Glass screen won’t shatter from a 3 foot drop when I’m done with all that.  Oh and should I feel the need, I could also locate and connect to ‘teh uber coolz 4 geez!’.  Android (Linux) > iOS any day of the week, in the right hands. 

    I can’t speak for every Android user out there, but I’ll pit my Epic 4g against any iPhone, any day of the week, and a winner it will be.  Also US 4g is a f&ing joke.  Speeds in Europe make us look like clowns arguing over this 6mbps crap they call LTE and WiMax.

  • Lac

    In case of iPhone, 4G means 4th generation – it does not refer to the data speed.

    • Anonymous

      In case of iPhone, 4G means nothing. It is called the iPhone 4, not iPhone 4G.

  • http://mac-fusion.com Marilyn Halpin

    It appears that some of you have never worked with regular consumers, non-techy types. Last year when Sprint was really pushing their “only 4G network” campaign there were so many people that went to Sprint and bought their glorious little 4G Android phone. Then they boasted to all their friends how they had a phone “just like the iPhone but it had 4G”.. It wasn’t until this year that Sprint actually started providing 4G coverage in Southern California. So you can try to make this out about “Apple Sheep” (I’m sure one of you used that term somewhere, you always do) but there are more non-savy consumers than people like us. So fighting over these types of people or calling them names is lame, as these type of people go both ways (and by both ways I mean Android/iPhone). 

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