THE APPLE IPHONE 4 DOESN’T HAVE 4G SPEED!

4 SIMPLY MEANS THE FOURTH APPLE PHONE!

Network World: If you’re wondering why Apple’s latest phone is known as the “iPhone 4” instead of the more widely-used “iPhone 4G,” it could be because the new device still relies on 3G connectivity.

The iPhone 4, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), is a GSM-based device that will have a quad-band HSPDA radio that runs on AT&T’s 3G HSPA+ network and that can attain maximum theoretical download speeds of 7.2Mbps. Realistically, of course, the new iPhone will have typical download speeds of around 1 or 2Mbps, depending on how strong AT&T’s 3G network happens to be in a given area.

The fact that the iPhone 4 relies on 3G coverage for data delivery isn’t at all surprising, since AT&T has yet to commercially launch its 4G LTE network yet and has no plans to do so until at least next year. While there are no LTE networks currently live in the United States, Verizon has reported that its LTE network is delivering average downlink speeds in excess of 5Mbps, a significant improvement over the performance of today’s 3G networks.