Why Do We Need An LTE Smartphone 2012 Already?

Hardly a Smartphone that supports not LTE was introduced at CES in Las Vegas. But what about us? Makes sense a Smartphone with the new standard at all this year?

Sony Xperia ion, Nokia Lumia 900, HTC Titan 2, Samsung Galaxy S2 skyrocket HD, Motorola RAZR maxx, LG spectrum – every major vendor (except on Apple, of course) at the CES in Las Vegas in January an LTE-capable smartphone introduced. In the United States, the high speed Internet standard is so widespread and popular smartphone feature, just like it in Germany? Earlier this week it was announced that Vodafone will herald the start for LTE on the Smartphone with HTC velocity “in a few weeks”. But does it ever make sense this year to create such a device is?

LTE and its predecessors

Initially a disambiguation – what exactly is LTE again? LTE stands for long term evolution and is the latest data transmission standard for GSM (“global system for mobile communication”, 2nd generation, since 1992 in Germany) and UMTS (“universal mobile telecommunications system”, 3rd generation, since 2002).In the GSM network EDGE transfer speeds can be achieved with data acceleration limit of 260 Kbps for downloads.

UMTS with HSDPA downloads with up to 14.4 Mbit / s, with ensures HSPA +-(“high speed packet access”) even to 42.2 Mbps Deutsche Telekom announced in November of last year that its 20,000 UMTS base stations in Germany to have upgraded to now provide this data rate. Customers who want mobile surf to these rates need not only one ‘ web ‘n’ walk stick business II “, but also a costly contract, to take advantage of these rates. With your Smartphone, you can use up to 14.4 Mbit / s downstream in Germany, such as the Vodafone tariff “Super flat Internet AllNet”.

The fourth generation of Übertraungsstandards LTE is faster than ever, and in affordable and more widely available be. Rural areas, which used to be the broadband Internet supply as “white spots”, should also benefit from the high speed Internet access, making LTE there DSL replacement. Download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and uploads should be possible with mobile broadband of up to 50 Mbit/s, later thanks to the technique of “LTE Advanced” to even up to 300 Mbit/s can be reached. Fast access to content stored in cloud services, FullHD video streaming via the Internet without waiting times or later also IPTV are no problem for such values.

This graphic of Telekom illustrates how LTE works:

Situation today

But when we can use in this country the data rates? the frequencies were auctioned off in 2010 and T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2 and now also ePlus advance since the expansion, where Vodafone has taken on a pioneering role. Not only they sold the first LTE surfsticks already in December 2010, investing the most in the new standard last year by all operators: all 1.43 billion euros were placed in the expansion. In addition to Vodafone, the Telekom of LTE has released while for mobile use; However, the coverage in Germany is still low. According to the Federal Network Agency the coverage will happen until 2013 – after all, three years earlier than initially planned. Then the vast majority of the above mentioned “white spots” should be closed, what was an edition in the frequency auction. In six federal States this has already managed operators according to the agency in September 2011 (Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Saarland, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia) – what only means that the rural areas on the LTE network, and allows still no conclusion to the urban market.

Who thought this year to purchase an LTE Smartphone that should wait for still, not only because of the missing cover. Because even if there is still no LTE Smartphonetarife, prices for LTE Mobile Internet will deter already pretty. Who, for example, wants to use the mobile Internet to use speeds of 50 Mbit / s, flat 50 by Vodafone with an LTE SurfStick must shell out €64,99 monthly. There are currently only 100 Mbit/s of Telekom in the Web’n ‘ walk XXL tariff for €74,95 a month. The rates for Vodafone’s LTE for smartphones are not known yet, but should a speed option of € 10 will definitely also due in the month to the basic rate, wants to use LTE – which would be quite okay, but compared to the other mentioned prices.

This works even in the LTE covered areas, high-speed Internet with your Smartphone works is still not quite: Our site in the test of Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE recently failed, itself an LTE network to dial into, although they tried it with appropriate SIM cards in regions covered by the 4 g network. You suspect that it is because there are so far only LTE sticks in Germany, and the Smartphone simply was not recognized. The Smartphone should appear according to connect in the first quarter of 2012 in Germany, let’s see if a solution is found by then.

If you still want to know how it looks with LTE in your area, you can check it on the info pages of the following operators:

T-Mobile: radio supply domestic (for free)

Vodafone: network coverage (free of charge)

O2: LTE for home (availability check when ordering)