We get questions all the time about some of the technical phrases and industry jargon that are thrown around when people talk about cellular phones and devices. In this new series, I’ll select and answer a few of the more frequently asked questions so you can get a better understanding of what these commonly used terms mean—and how they can affect your service or device.
This week: “What does LTE mean on my phone, and why is it important when using data?”
Smartphone apps and features like email, maps, and Internet browsing rely on sending and receiving data across a cellular provider’s network. When describing cellular networks, you’ll commonly hear the terms 3G, 4G, and LTE. This identifies the generation of network technology: 3G, or the third generation network, was developed before 4G.
After that, LTE data was introduced. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, and currently 4G LTE is the most advanced option available. When your phone is connected to 4G LTE, you’re getting the maximum data speed possible with your service, giving you superior download speeds and performance capability.
Older cellphone models may not support newer data network technology, so it’s important to select a model that supports a data speed that works for your needs.
At Consumer Cellular, all of the smartphones we currently offer are 4G LTE capable, and our nationwide network has LTE in more areas than ever before. You can check out our selection of affordable smartphones to find out specific information about each phone’s specifications. We’re sure to have at least one that will fit your lifestyle!