If you own an iPhone 4 but know that Apple's smartphone can only connect to 3G-based wireless networks, you can considered yourself to be more enlightened than many other iPhone 4 users. According to a new study conducted by Retrevo, 34 percent of iPhone 4 users believe they own a 4G-based smartphone. In fact we may have to wait until at least 2012 for Apple to provide a phone that will use the LTE wireless networks from Verizon and AT&T.
In addition 24 percent of Blackberry owners also believe they have a 4G-based smartphone. The study states, "If nothing else this large number of 'misinformed' phone owners serves to emphasize the fact that consumers are quite confused about 4G." Indeed AT&T refers to its HSPA + service as a 4G network even as it prepares to launch its much faster LTE based network in select cities sometime this summer.
The study also asked participants if they would buy the next version of the iPhone even if it didn't support 4G wireless networks. Among current owners of the iPhone 40 percent said they would buy it anyway while another 21 percent said they would consider buying the iPhone with or without 4G support. 23 percent of Blackberry owners said they would definitely buy a new iPhone without 4G support. However just 8 percent of Android based smartphone users said they would go ahead and purchase a new iPhone without a 4G connection, indicating they seem to be happy with their Android phone.