What’s it like to have an LTE device?

logo of lteI’m trying out a new segment called “What’s it like Wednesday?” Before buying a gadget or other types of gizmos, I usually like want to know what it’s like to own one before actually buying it. That’s why I do a lot of research—reading reviews and watching unboxing videos.

So, What’s it like Wednesday is going to focus on my experience in using a device such as a tablet, smartphone, and other tech relate activities. Through my experience, I hope that it helps you make a decision.

I’m going to do this every Wednesday. I hope you like it! 🙂


Since last year, I’ve wanted to have an LTE device. I mean, who doesn’t?

At first, I was hesitant to buy an LTE device, because I was afraid that the LTE connection might be unstable. But based on the positive experiences of my friend, I was convinced that it was time for an upgrade.

When I won the iPhone 5C from SMART, I was ecstatic because I finally got the chance to own an LTE smartphone. It’s amazing how sometimes the things you want just shows up. *grins*

What is LTE?

Some might be confuse with LTE, so I thought it’s best to define what it is (you can skip this part if you want :)).

LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. It is also known as 4G LTE. Right now, it is the fastest data connection that you can get when you use an LTE-enabled device. In order to get an LTE speed, you must also have an LTE SIM card.

Is there a big difference between 3G and LTE?

In paper, there should be a huge difference between LTE and 3G connection. It’s like the difference between  MRT and Japan’s bullet train.

While it’s true that LTE is much faster, you won’t get the super speed all the time. The speed is highly dependent on location. For example, when I was in Megamall the highest speed I got was 21 mbps. However, at home, the connection fluctuates. Sometimes I get E, 3G, or LTE. Even my location within our house matters. Upstairs, it’s easy to get  LTE. But when I’m hanging out in the living room downstairs, I’m lucky to get a 3G signal.

Also, during the holiday, I didn’t get an LTE connection from the last week of December until the first week of January.

Here are different speed tests that I did in several locations and done in different dates:

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This is the fastest speed test that I got so far. This was done in Megamall.

So, what’s it like to have an LTE smartphone?

Having an LTE smartphone is such a liberating experience. I know I might be exaggerating, but it truly has made a difference in my digital life. I can access websites, upload videos, and stream videos faster. This experience is gloriously magnified if I’m in locations where LTE signal is strong.

As you know, LTE devices are quite expensive compared to the 3G or Wifi devices. So, it’s best to check the LTE signal in your location first before buying one. Usually, in cities such as Alabang, parts of Makati, and Pasay (Mall of Asia), you can expect a really fast LTE connection.

I’m currently using a SMART post paid LTE SIM and I love it! 🙂

Next, Wednesday, I will share what it’s like to have an Unlimited Data Plan from SMART.


Do you already have an LTE device? Or are you planning to get one?

Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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  • Mikey

    I feel the best way to test the speed of your network is by changing the server to your home network to remove any interconnection interference 🙂

    I use Smart Communication, Makati server 🙂

    • Irene Enriquez

      Yeah, good tip, Mikey. I do that, too. I used to work as a call center agent at home and I have to make sure that I choose the server location. How’s your connection now?