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Dazed & Confused: 1/3 of iPhone Users Think They Have 4G

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While many fans of Apple products are some of the most well-informed, tech-savvy ‘geeks’ you’ll come across, there are other segments of the iOS user base who are coming from a very different place in terms of product knowledge. Perhaps the most telling statistic about iUser misguidance is this statistic: according to Retrevo, 34% of iPhone users think their phone has 4G. Wow.

If Apple needed any assurance that waiting until 2012 to introduce a 4G iPhone wouldn’t be a problem, perhaps this is it. If only two thirds of iPhone users are even aware that they don’t yet have 4G – and a safe portion of those informed users probably have no problem waiting – how urgent can it be?

It seems that Apple would be wise to hold off until next year to LTE-equip its iPhones. We believe that they will anyway, with the battery issues and added bulk (and cost) that LTE Android phones have proven to bring to the table. We all know Apple only likes to introduce new technologies when they can present them with stability and seamless integration (the iPhone 4 antenna issue being a possible exception). It’s hard to see 4G being introduced to an iPhone this year – despite the extra three months they’re taking to launch a new iPhone.

The results of Retrovo's survey indicate who "already has" a 4G phone.

We aren’t solely picking out iPhone users though, as 24% of Blackberry users also claim to own a 4G phone. Of course, just like with the iPhone, there is no Blackberry 4G phone at this time.

Aside from providing fodder for some snickering, this does show that smartphones are now far from just a toy for tech geeks, and have taken on a mainstream place in our society. That those who know little about what their phones are actually doing can still enjoy them speaks volumes for the user-friendly nature of the gadgets that companies like Apple have introduced to popular culture.

Having previously written for Android Central and Android Police, Will is shifting his focus to iOS at GottaBeMobile (without neglecting his old pal Android, of course). He lives in Chicago with his wife, Jess, and is on Twitter at @willshanklin

8 Comments

  1. Jmc2543

    07/12/2011 at 8:38 pm

    This can be blamed on three companies. First, and mostly, Apple; They knew they would create this misconception. Then there is also Verizon and AT&T, nowhere in their iPhone commercials is there any mention of 3g speeds like the other phone commercials have.

  2. UDID Activation

    07/12/2011 at 10:30 pm

    iOS 5 is pretty cool I wonder what they will add with iOS 6 beta and I wonder if I’ll need a UDID activation / registration for it like I got on http://www.iosudids.com they have pretty cool blog post on what we might expect with the iOS 6 beta too check it out http://iosudids.blogspot.com/

  3. Scotty Braun

    07/12/2011 at 11:07 pm

    Im sure most of it is people thinking that because they have an iphone 4, and the 4 stands for 4g. Or just because their carrier offers 4g service that they automatically have it.. if not, It just goes to show that over a 1/3 of Iphone owners are morons! =0)

  4. C Latus

    07/13/2011 at 2:05 pm

    haha I knew iPhone5 owners were idiots.  Thanks for the confirmation though lol. 

    • Kenneth

      08/04/2011 at 10:11 pm

      no one has an iphone 5 yet…way to go smarty pants.

  5. Kenneth Other

    08/04/2011 at 10:13 pm

    T-mobile has advertised their network at 4g, and AT&T has called their HPSA+ a 4g network as well. Unless this survey asked people if their phone had LTE then this is not surprising that many people think their cell phone runs on a 4G network.  

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