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2016-03-15 11:10 AM - edited 2016-03-15 11:17 AM
Newby question: Under what conditions do I tap to activate "LTE" on the gray start up screen? What does LTE do, and how does it relate to cell or mobile data service (I use ATT "Go Phone" prepaid)?
If I leave the LTE option off (which I have done so far) what exactly do I miss?
2016-03-15 01:16 PM
LTE is 4G. Your phone is compatible and you have a compatible SIM too, it should work. Faster mobile data and good coverage for a large number of people are some features:
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2016-03-15 09:04 PM
Thanks, but linking a three page article filled with technical specs about introduction of LTE in Britain in 2012 without addressing my specific questions was not all that helpful.
1. Why even have an LTE on/off option on my phone if it's only good? Are there any downsides?
2. Will my phone automatically choose LTE, once activated on the phone, when and where available, and revert to regular data transmission when not?
2. Does LTE only increase data transfer speeds or will it also improve cell/phone connections?
4. My main initial question remains unanswered: Why and under what circumstances would I ever turn this feature off?
Looking for simple, clear answers.
2016-03-16 12:52 AM - edited 2016-03-16 12:53 AM
1. LTE is not available in all locations. If you are on the edge of LTE coverage you may experience drop outs in calls or slow transfer speeds. The ability to turn it off would be necessary to improve the stability of your network connection.
2. If you have the option set to "LTE/4G preferred, it will always attempt to connect to LTE if it is detected, and will automatically switch to 3G/2G depending on what is available.
3. LTE has a significantly faster transfer rate than the previous cellular technology. 3G (WCDMA) and HSDPA+ are still excellent when it comes to voice, and you may not notice the improvement when you compare them directly.
4. See #1.
2016-03-17 06:54 PM - edited 2016-03-17 10:31 PM
Isn't there a contradiction between your answer points #1 and #2?
If the phone turns LTE off automatically where it is not available, why have an LTE disconnect option? Why did Sony decide to complicate matters, when other Android phones, like HTC, don't have an LTE activation switch?
Am I am missing an upside to the LTE option switch?
2016-03-18 01:34 AM
If you are on the edge of an LTE coverage area your phone will still try to connect to LTE, however as the signal is weaker your device may experience slow connections, call drops, poor quality etc. In such a situation you would be better to disable LTE and let it connect to a 3G/2G connection.
Other devices have an option, but it is usually located in the 'Preferred network' screen, where you choose to have 3G or 2G preferred. It functions the same way.
2016-03-18 02:55 AM
Thanks. Do you therefore suggest to keep the LTE switch ON as default, for most areas and most times (I live in a metropolitan area)?
2016-03-19 02:54 AM
2016-03-19 05:32 PM
Great answer. Thank you.
Will leaving LTE on all the time increase battery drain? (You mentioned it did with "older" Androids).