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Over one-third of iPhone users think they have 4G

If you don’t have an iPhone, you don’t have an iPhone. But if you have an iPhone, you don’t have 4G. Amazing? Not really, but its true.

A new study has been released by Retrevo that suggests, “a third of iPhone owners mistakenly think their phones have 4G.” A full 34 per cent of iPhone users polled thought they had a cell phone with 4G connectivity. Why the confusion? Maybe it has something to do with the “4” in the iPhone 4. Not to mention that Apple targets the general populace, which is generally not as knowledgable about gadgets and technology. They buy an iPhone because it’s an iPhone.

I’m certainly not saying all iPhone owners are ignorant. It’s also not isolated to iEnthusiasts. RIM doesn’t have a 4G smartphone, but a sizable percentage of BlackBerry users thought they had 4G. The only people who might be right about having 4G are the Android owners. It all leads back to the marketing deception of 4G.

Interestingly enough, 40 per cent of those polled said they’d buy the next iPhone even if it doesn’t have 4G. This could also be because 30 per cent of respondents feel 4G is too expensive and 22 per cent think 4G isn’t worth the cost. We who live on the bleeding edge of tech are anxious to get into the 4G fray, but the overall adoption by the mainstream user is going to take some time. After all, the majority of cell phone users are still on feature phones and not smartphones.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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