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Iphobe update 6.1 says koodo is 4g but I'm still on the 3G network after updating
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iPhones will only show 3G up top (or LTE if you have an iPhone 5). The only network that doesn't show 3G is AT&T because they whined to apple as they wanted to advertise the iPhone as a 4G phone.

If you have an iPhone 5 you'll get 4G speeds if you're in the right area regardless.
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Well apple didn't say that in the fine print, and my brothers iPhone 5 on the same network has had 4g since he bought it , And it is pre iOS 6.0. I've read on the net bow that the iPhone 4S doesn't have an lte antenna in it. Thank you for the info
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Not saying you're wrong, just it's the first I've heard of an iPhone showing 4G on any network other than AT&T. Pre or post 6.0 shouldn't matter, I've used every iPhone from 3GS up to 5 and I've only seen 4G appear on my 4s/5 when I was roaming in the US.

Apple doesn't advertise their phones as 4G anywhere specifically either as you can see on the features page they just say ultra fast LTE and talk about the DC HSPA and HSPA + speeds.

http://www.apple.com/ca/iphone/features/

Same thing with their tech specs

http://www.apple.com/ca/iphone/specs....

3G/4G is pretty misleading and is essentially a buzz word these days anyway. True "4G" speeds aren't reached until you are in an LTE area anyway, and I don't know of a current phone that supports them (needs to have a download speed of up to 100 mbps). Whoever decides these things said that carriers could advertise 3G+ (HSPA/LTE phones) that don't reach that speed as 4G as long as they are progressing their networks to ones that will support 4G.

Here's a quote from PC Mag to support it.

"When the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released its first definition of "4G," the umbrella term included just two networking technologies: WiMax 2 and LTE-Advanced, representing two standards that could hit the ITU's "4G" speed requirements of 100 Mbps while mobile and 1 Gbps while stationary.
Technically, both HSPA+ networks and LTE networks were all still considered "3G" by the ITU, even these networks all represented a significant speed boost from carriers' previous "3G" networks – often based on EDGE (often referred to as 2.75G), UMTS, or HSPA (3.5G).
So how did the carriers solve this dilemma? They ignored the ITU standards and just started branding their new networks as "4G." All it took was one domino to fall, for which carrier wanted to be the one that stuck to correct terminology of a "3G" network in the face of a competitor waving a big flag with "4G" emblazoned on the side? Exactly."

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,...

Essentially there's no where in the fine print for Apple to put anything. By definition from everyone except cell carriers, all models are 3G phones.

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