While where I live may not be on the front of bleeding-edge technology, at least we have 3G. Well, from Sprint and Verizon, anyway. (That's right, even AT&T only has EDGE-connectivity where I live. Still.) And while 3G is great, I can't walk into a local Verizon retailer and not be greeted with 4G LTE-connected devices. Which is confusing to me, because it doesn't make any sense why I would want to buy a 4G phone when I don't have any way to use it the way it is intended to be used. 

Let me just say that I think Verizon is doing a great job of rolling out their 4G LTE network. Undoubtedly they are covering huge chunks of territory at a pretty quick rate, so that has to count for something.

But I still don't have LTE in my neck of the woods, and I know a few other people out there don't have it, either. That doesn't stop people from buying the latest and greatest device, though, which for Verizon means there's an LTE radio tucked away inside.

I wish I could jump on the bandwagon, but I am a firm believer in that when I buy something, I plan on using all of the device's features. That state of mind is what made me use (and ultimately fall in love with) Siri on the iPhone 4S. It also prevents me from buying a 4G phone because that's a selling point of the device, and I'd I can't use it why would I want to spend money on it?

I spoke with a local business owner here when I saw that he was using a Samsung DROID Charge. I asked him how he likes the phone, and he told me he was generally pleased with it. He was the one that actually brought up 4G-connectivity, and that he didn't have it at home. He travels to a bigger city from time to time, a city that does have 4G, and that's actually how the Verizon salesperson was able to convince him to buy the phone in the first place.

He doesn't actually regret purchasing the phone, though. For one, he says that he didn't want the iPhone, which was the only non-4G phone he was shown during his visit. And, perhaps most importantly, he likes having the 4G-connectivity when he has the chance. And, perhaps not coincidentally, I couldn't help but think of everyone out there who purchased an EVO 4G LTE by HTC for Sprint, which will run on Sprint's very own 4G LTE network, which is still in its infancy.

Which made me wonder, is 4G a core feature, or just a bonus? To me, it's a feature that defines a phone, even the network in and of itself. But for this business owner, it was just a bonus feature that he used when he had the opportunity, and nothing more. 

So where do you stand? Have you jumped onto the 4G boat and never looked back? Or are you waiting for your area to get coverage? Let me know!


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Bonnie Roth
Bonnie Roth I don't have 4g in my area but its nice to have it when I'm in a 4g area.
Ben Rivas
Ben Rivas Who hasn't buy 4G phone and no 4G coverage i know i did
Casey Scott
Casey Scott I skipped the LTEvo for now because I need WiMAX until LTE rolls out here. I bought an E4GT off contract in the meantime.
Terry Nuttall
Terry Nuttall I have zero interest since I only use a basic cell phone with no data package
Ignacio Gonzalez
Ignacio Gonzalez I've done iT before...NEVER again...
Dan Law
Dan Law Seriously, who needs 4G? I have the Atrix 4G and I didn't even need the data since Wifi is always fast enough.
Aaron Dean
Aaron Dean Sprint user do every day lol
Martin Martinez
Martin Martinez I have a 4g phone that I got with sprint for free and it sucks cause there service sucks anyways the only reason I got sprint cause I thought there was 4g all over my area like at&t and verizon boy was I wrong now im locked down with a 2 year contract and see if I get 4g before my contract is over its just a waiting game
Elijah Ford
Elijah Ford I did cause i really liked the phone,(Galaxy S 2) for T mobile but that's cause 4g isn't in my area yet but was promised that i will be there soon.I'm mostly on wifi anyway.
Dan Hammen
Dan Hammen I recently picked up a sgs2 for sprint on eBay rather than upgrade to a LTE phone prematurely. My area won't get LTE till 2013 at least
Dewayne Williams
Dewayne Williams Yes I would! Especially if its Verizon 4G LTE phone as they are consantly expanding their 4G LTE network.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline I could care less about it.
James McLeod
James McLeod I have an OG Evo 4G that barely gets wimax because of where I am, so upgrading before LTE is available isn't gonna hurt me...at least when LTE is in my market I'll actually be able to use it...wimax is garbage
Rick Sievers
Rick Sievers Do they still sell 3G only phones???
Marc Evensen
Marc Evensen 4G is only one feature of the newer phones. So, it depends on what else I'm getting for the money -- do I need a new phone? can I use the other features to my advantage while waiting? IF the answers are Yes and Yes, then why not?
Buddy Koenig
Buddy Koenig Faster is better
Brandon Trinkle
Brandon Trinkle I use my Note on a fiber optic wifi connection most of the time and I get better speeds than I did on previous phones.. But I do wish I had LTE in my area.
Chris Callaham
Chris Callaham Yes i have .....and still waiting on 4G
George Isenhart
George Isenhart I like 4G phones but there is no coverage where I live anyway.
Maurice Hall
Maurice Hall I did... Sprint Galaxy Nexus... Still waiting for a glimmer of 4g hope...
Steve C Trevino
Steve C Trevino I just experienced 4g LTE for Verizon for the first time and didn't realize till I started to see youtube videos buffering extremely fast on HD.. I was like dang!
Chris Grice
Chris Grice I did. I bought a Note because I wanted all of the other features. I use 4g when I visit areas that 4g is available.
Blake Huggins
Blake Huggins I bought one like an idiot. Whats crazy is even the 3g doesnt pick up with my droid charge but with my ally it did. Go figure
Robaire Henderson
Robaire Henderson If you dl on the go a lot is feels essential
Eric Huxtable
Eric Huxtable Very .. just wish it didn't consume so much battery
Chris Northcutt
Chris Northcutt I made that mistake with Sprint and don't think I will do that again. When the Samsung Epic 4g came out in September of 2010, I bought the phone and Sprint people said that 4g is "coming very soon here." Well, that never happened. 4g or Wimax stopped getting rolled out, and I was left paying for a phone that I couldnt use all the capabilities of. The other issue I had was that Sprint made you pay an extra 10 dollars if you had a Wimax or 4g phone, even though WIMAX wasn't within 200 miles of my home.
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama Meh yea I would, as long as 3G was adequate... I just wouldn't renew my contract. Would just buy one ebay
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr Sprint customers are haha
Batista Lamotray
Batista Lamotray Well it good to have when your not in a Wi-Fi hotspot. So I guess its very useful ..
Max Chesley
Max Chesley Yes
Dawn Thieme
Dawn Thieme No 4G here, just wish the new data rates weren't so astronomical.
Scott Ritchey
Scott Ritchey Yes but I travel a bit, what i wouldn't do is buy a phone that's only 3g... Ie iphon
Michael Burnham
Michael Burnham I have a galaxy nexus. A great phone yet i rarely ever turn on 4g. Only need it if tethering
Henry H Braithwaite
Henry H Braithwaite ive had a 4g phone for what 2 years now? when sprint released its epic 4g, in my non 4g area............
Jose Angel Santiago
Jose Angel Santiago Not very considering where I live.
Matthew Dyer
Matthew Dyer Well I just switched to Verizon finally but I think 4G is only vital for those who have smartphones because basic phones are the way to go I wouldn't switch to a smartphone unless they could lower the data plan to $15 like how AT&T has it at that price but coverage is very very bad when in southern VA when I visit family there.I switched because my whole family has them this will be the final carrier I switch to unless something good came from some other carrier but I doubt I'll be switching again!!!
Shawn Poling
Shawn Poling A lot
Dayan Inclán
Dayan Inclán Yes, because it's coming
Mike Starling
Mike Starling Why buy a 4G phone without 4G coverage, thats like buying a sports car and driving the speed limit :D
Kenny Burt
Kenny Burt It's very important and dependent upon screen size.
Jordan Toussant
Jordan Toussant Depends on what I'm doing I find I turn it off most of the time unless downloading or updating a huge app but I'm glad I have 4GLTE as an option
Oliver Kikkas
Oliver Kikkas More like "How irrelevant is 4G to you?"...
Sean Gentry
Sean Gentry VERY!!
Steve Hartsock
Steve Hartsock International GSM/HSPA phone. AT&T and $10 a month for unlimited data with no throttling. That's all I need. :)
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Not anymore!! Sprint tricked me into buying a Wimax phone that I never saw 4g for. Now they're selling LTE phones with no LTE.. lol
Mike Dyson
Mike Dyson Very
Carlil Ares Jean
Carlil Ares Jean 4G is vital

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