Apple iPhone 5 & 4G LTE: Consumer Split on Importance

The Apple iPhone 5 continues to be the subject of much discussion and speculation and only earlier today we told how it appears to be in final testing with a release set for September. Only a few days ago OSM’s Maddy Rowe also brought you news about the possibility of an iPhone 5 with 4G LTE. Now we have news that consumers seem to be split about the importance of 4G LTE for the next iPhone, whether it is the iPhone 4S or the 5.

We would have imagined that with the amount of smartphones now being released or upcoming with 4G LTE, such as the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon, or the upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic, that this would have been a pretty big issue for customers of the next iPhone. However it seems that although many feel 4G is important, a sizeable amount of consumers aren’t as bothered as as we would have imagined. David Carnoy over on Cnet has been looking at the differentiation between 4G and true 4G LTE and discusses the likelihood of the next iPhone having LTE support.

Verizon has only said that the next iPhone it carries will be a global handset and that it was down to Apple to decide if it would support LTE. Although Cnet feels the next iPhone is very likely to include HSPA+ capability (not true 4G) it has conducted a poll asking readers if they would still purchase the iPhone 5 without true LTE connectivity. The results so far have surprised us as 37% at present say they will buy the next iPhone regardless of whether it’s 4G or not. Another 36% assert that they will NOT buy the iPhone 5 unless it’s 4G and would consider a move to a 4G Android smartphone instead. The other 27% say they won’t buy the next iPhone without 4G but would stick with their current iPhone until an iPhone with LTE support arrives. Although more people say that they won’t buy the iPhone 5 if it does not have 4G LTE then, for 37% it won’t matter at all.

Meanwhile Evan Selleck over on PhoneDog has also written an article asking if people will skip purchasing devices if they don’t have 4G connectivity and talks about the various carriers and their 4G smartphones. Selleck wonders how many will now hold on to purchase a 4G device rather than buy one of the new handsets already released or upcoming without it, such as the Motorola Droid 3 or Sony Ericcson Xperia Play. It’s an interesting read so check it out at the link for more.

We’d be really interested to hear your views on the iPhone 5 and whether LTE support for it is important to you so why not send us your comments to let us know where you stand on this.