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[Q] Using the Ion on T-Mobile, Why no LTE Icon?

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10th March 2014, 09:00 PM   |  #1  
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I have my Ion setup to use T-Mobile, and I am getting lightning-fast LTE. However I do not see the LTE icon in the status bar, I see 4G instead.

My LG G2X does not get LTE but it does gets slower 4G, and it also shows 4G in its status bar.

Can anyone tell me how to get my Ion to properly show the LTE icon in the status bar?

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11th March 2014, 01:13 PM   |  #2  
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LTE and 4G is basically a same thing

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11th March 2014, 01:29 PM   |  #3  
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LTE and 4G is basically a same thing

No, it's not. I have two phones that say 4G and only one of them is getting LTE..
11th March 2014, 05:35 PM   |  #4  
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No, it's not. I have two phones that say 4G and only one of them is getting LTE..

LTE = 4G -.- some phone writes LTE in statusbar and some writes 4G but the meaning stays the same

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LTE = 4G -.- some phone writes LTE in statusbar and some writes 4G but the meaning stays the same

No, it's not. All you are doing is repeating the same bad information that other people have written.

T-Mobile and AT&T LTE phones will say 4G LTE when they are true LTE, and if LTE is not available they will only say 4G (or 3G or Edge). So, if I get one speed when the phone says 4G and another when they say LTE, then they are clearly not the same, are they? If they were, why would LTE need the additional frequency that 4G doesn't have?

You might call LTE 4G+ because it's a branch of the same IMT spec, but it's most definitely not the same as 4G.

For 4G, per the IMT spec the peak spectral efficiency is 15bps/Hz for downlink and 6.75bps/Hz for uplink. In practice, that's 100Mbps.
However, for LTE the spectral efficiency is improved to 15bps/Hz up and down. In practice, that's 300Mbps.
12th March 2014, 12:25 AM   |  #6  
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On my T-Mobile tablet, I will see "4G/LTE" icon when I have LTE speeds, and if I'm not in an LTE area I will only see "4G" icon and slower speeds.
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