Originally Posted by JBlongz
I find 4G substantially more productive here in NYC. On my commute to work, I like to check my mails, web servers, google analytics and such. 3G was very slow and spotty. When I bought the 3rd generation iPad, the performance was 10x. Pages load like wifi. In this city, waiting longer is getting less done. Simple as that.
LTE tends to be faster than domestic broadband/free-wifi with much lower latency. However until the data caps are increased to reasonable levels, it will never cause "cord cutting" in the same way cable tv and telephone has. Most cable cutters, to date, either don't use, or minimally use television/telephone. With data, there is no such thing as "minimal" use. I took my iPad3 out to a local convention, and used 36MB (no free WiFi, 1 bar of LTE) only from visiting one web page. Considering that the web page is about 2MB, the remaining 34MB was all overhead from twitter, email, and anything else I installed but wasn't using. So spread that over a month, and that takes it just over 1GB, which also happens to be the data cap.
When I went to the Seattle Convention center early this year, there was no LTE coverage anywhere in the city. (I'm not sure if this is still the case), Trying to use 3G data on AT&T on the same iPad used most of the data cap in 3 days, but had less success in actually using it. At one point it was dropped to 2G on the train.
The way to solve some of the "Do I need LTE?" is to just side-by-side show people the difference in places that they'd need it, convention centers, transit, office buildings, shopping malls.