1. Michael Essany's Avatar


    Yes, you read the headline correctly. A new - but really difficult to believe - survey from Retrevo shows that more than one-third of iPhone owners are clueless. At least that's how some are interpreting the findings of the survey. Based on the startling results, 34% of iPhone users incorrectly believe they currently have "4G" cellular technology.

    If that percentage appears a bit hefty to you, you're not alone. But assuming the numbers are correct and reveal a reality few of us know about, there are many reasons why such confusion may persist in the mobile phone world. Of course, we all know at least one person who had to be corrected about the iPhone 4 - which, despite its title, is not really a "4G" device.

    For the casual iPhone user who regularly encounters mobile terminology but never looks into the fancy words floating around, it's easy to see where 4G, 4th generation, 4G LTE networks, etc. could prove substantially mind-boggling. And the Retrevo survey seems to confirm it to a breathtaking degree.

    As Verizon continues to roll out their 4G LTE network across the country at an accelerated rate and AT&T also picking up speed in their 4G deployment it would seem that widespread 4G adoption is a foregone conclusion. Unfortunately, it looks like consumers may be so confused over 4G that they become hesitant to move to 4G, at least in the near term.
    To be sure, we're not just poking fun at a lack of knowledge on the part of some iPhone users. This persistent confusion is penetrating the vast smartphone universe. "BlackBerry owners (24%) are almost as confused as iPhone owners since RIM doesn’t currently offer a 4G phone," Retrevo says. "At least some Android owners could be answering correctly as Android 4G phones like the HTC Evo 4G or Samsung Infuse 4G have been available for some time. If nothing else this large number of 'misinformed' phone owners serves to emphasize the fact that consumers are quite confused about 4G."

    To read the full report and its findings, check out the Retrevo Blog.

    Source: Retrevo
    2011-07-13 02:41 AM
  2. reznor9's Avatar
    lol
    2011-07-13 02:46 AM
  3. spider_romeo's Avatar
    Sorry I'm out of that 34%....
    2011-07-13 02:50 AM
  4. JorgeCarb's Avatar
    at least no one thinks his device is on 3GS network as a friend of mine
    2011-07-13 03:02 AM
  5. Axecaster's Avatar
    Not to restate the obvious, but besides the people who hang out in this forum, most Apple device fans are usually not tech-savvy enough to understand the hardware differences or the network specification. Most people don't even know what carriers are CDMA or GSM or LTE unless they've changed carriers a few times. What people do know is the fake terms made up for a display on the phone,
    2011-07-13 03:24 AM
  6. lorderick70's Avatar
    at least no one thinks his device is on 3GS network as a friend of mine
    Now that's funny! lol
    2011-07-13 03:27 AM
  7. PathKiller29's Avatar
    Lmao I thought it was at least 50%
    Half the people I know think they have 4g
    And if they don't they still think their iPhone is called 4g
    2011-07-13 03:27 AM
  8. McMike's Avatar
    It says "3G" in the effing corner next to the signal bars!

    I don't know why I'm surprised. The lady in front of me in line for the i4 on release day was in her 50's, clearly addicted to various forms of (poorly done) plastic surgery, just had to have the new iPhone. When asked if she wanted 16GB or 32GB she had no idea what the AT&T employee was asking her. So she went with the 32GB.
    2011-07-13 03:41 AM
  9. jOnGarrett's Avatar
    one third of iphone users are clues, that doesn't surprise me.
    2011-07-13 03:42 AM
  10. Megaorange's Avatar
    Most probably think iPhone 4 = 4G
    2011-07-13 03:47 AM
  11. whereswaldo's Avatar
    If your going to be technical, no network has 4G, HSDPA+ is 3.5G. Only in America do carriers lie about this, in other countries no one lies and calls it 4G, because it's not
    2011-07-13 04:00 AM
  12. chuk23chuk's Avatar
    If your going to be technical, no network has 4G, HSDPA+ is 3.5G. Only in America do carriers lie about this, in other countries no one lies and calls it 4G, because it's not
    hahahah Pwnd.
    2011-07-13 04:21 AM
  13. reprazent1's Avatar
    They should sue Apple for naming their iphones xG
    2011-07-13 04:49 AM
  14. gameviper's Avatar
    I work at Att selling phones and I have around 3 customers per day come in and ask for the new 4G iPhone. One girl actually tried to argue with me because she "knew" that her iPhone 4 was 4G. Lmao. I love those customers..... Reminds me why I love my job
    2011-07-13 05:06 AM
  15. Xenthis's Avatar
    Not to restate the obvious, but besides the people who hang out in this forum, most Apple device fans are usually not tech-savvy enough to understand the hardware differences or the network specification. Most people don't even know what carriers are CDMA or GSM or LTE unless they've changed carriers a few times. What people do know is the fake terms made up for a display on the phone,
    +1

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    2011-07-13 05:18 AM
  16. juggz143's Avatar
    at least no one thinks his device is on 3GS network as a friend of mine
    Aww man I wish I could like or +1 you for this
    2011-07-13 05:22 AM
  17. spazturtle's Avatar
    If your going to be technical, no network has 4G, HSDPA+ is 3.5G. Only in America do carriers lie about this, in other countries no one lies and calls it 4G, because it's not
    I would click "Thank" but MMI seams to have mislaid the button. Never mind found it. It is really single to find out if you are on a 4G network, 4G IPv6 only so you should be able to connect to IPv6 sites.

    Also LTE is 3.7G as HSPA is 3.5G
    Last edited by spazturtle; 2011-07-13 at 05:34 AM.
    2011-07-13 05:32 AM
  18. Sailor-girl's Avatar
    one third of iphone users are clues, that doesn't surprise me.
    One third of droid users have also been proven to not be able to spell. (clues? I think you mean clueless) Fail!
    2011-07-13 05:32 AM
  19. raduga's Avatar
    I would click "Thank" but MMI seams to have mislaid the button. Never mind found it. It is really single to find out if you are on a 4G network, 4G IPv6 only so you should be able to connect to IPv6 sites.

    Also LTE is 3.7G as HSPA is 3.5G
    Obviously, my iPod Touch is on a 4G network, because it has a front and back camera, and my wifi router has 4 green lights when I connect to it.

    One third of droid users have also been proven to not be able to spell. (clues? I think you mean clueless) Fail!
    I suspect more than one third of iPhone users are clues. Perhaps even all of them- though not all are clueless.

    Keep in mind these salient facts:
    • first generation iPhone = "iPhone" or "iPhone 2G" - had 2G network capability
    • second generation iPhone = "iPhone 3G" - had 3G network capability
    • third generation iPhone = "iPhone 3GS" - had 3G network capability
    • fourth generation iPhone = "iPhone 4G" - had 3G network capability


    34% of users are stupid?
    Or have they grown too trusting of their corporate masters,
    and expect the numbers to actually make sense?
    2011-07-13 06:03 AM
  20. teej1410's Avatar
    They should sue Apple for naming their iphones xG
    It's stands for Xth Generation. I get confused too sometimes.
    2011-07-13 06:26 AM
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