Does T Mobile have an LTE connection
LTE ensures lightning-fast web surfing
Thanks to LTE radio data transmission technology, modern smartphones are ultra-fast on the Internet. Download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second are possible, which is 66 times faster than the simplest DSL line in the fixed network. Although LTE is a mobile communications standard, it is also used by Deutsche Telekom and the other providers to supply regions without a DSL connection. We answer the most important questions about LTE radio data transmission technology.
What is LTE and who is it good for?
LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and is the so-called fourth generation (4G) cellular standard. The technology allows significantly faster Internet access than previous cellular networks. Unlike UMTS, which connects cell phones and smartphones to the Internet, LTE is interesting for both house connections and cell phones. LTE is therefore in principle in competition with wired DSL.
Where is LTE available?
LTE can be used both at home and on the go via smartphone or surf stick. Many offers are limited to use at home, but there are now also some for surfing on the go. The network is continuously being expanded and expanded. For example, Deutsche Telekom wants to be present with its LTE frequency in around one hundred largest German cities by the end of the year; Vodafone wants to expand its network across the board by 2015. You can find out whether LTE is already available in your city from our LTE Germany map, or you can visit the Telekom radio coverage map.
How fast is LTE?
High download speeds of 100 Mbit / s and upload speeds of 50 Mbit / s can be achieved via the LTE network - many times the DSL speed and even faster than UMTS. For comparison: Downloading a one-hour HD video via UMTS takes about 24 hours, LTE with 100 Mbit / s does it in 6 minutes. However, as with the UMTS cellular network, the actual speed of LTE depends on the number of users dialed in. That means: the more surfers an LTE cell has to supply, the more the data rate drops for each individual. That is why the tariffs speak of a maximum speed.
Where can I get LTE for the PC and what does it cost?
The home tariffs of the LTE providers are usually a little more expensive than classic Internet access via DSL or TV cable. The cheapest offers only cost around 30 euros per month, but consumers should expect around 40 euros per month on average. But be careful: As with mobile phone flat rates, the tariffs usually include bandwidth throttling to prevent extreme vacuumers from overloading the network. At Deutsche Telekom, the limit in the fastest tariff class is 30 GB. This is sufficient for most use cases. Those who exceed this limit will only surf at 64 Kbit / s for the rest of the month. It's as fast - actually rather as slow - as ISDN in the 1990s. The full bandwidth is then available again in the following month. If you don't know exactly whether you can get by with it, you can have your monthly data requirements evaluated using software such as the network manager.
What do I have to consider for super-fast surfing on my mobile phone?
The prerequisite for fast surfing is an LTE-capable smartphone that supports one of the German LTE frequencies at 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz - like the iPhone 5 from Apple, which only supports 1800 MHz. That is why it can only surf the Deutsche Telekom network at LTE speed. The LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 can do better because, in addition to T-Mobile, it also supports the networks of Vodafone and O2. In this country, other manufacturers already have models on offer that can do this - for example HTC or LG.
What does LTE cost for super-fast surfing with the mobile phone?
LTE for the smartphone costs around 30 to 100 euros, depending on the provider and scope of services. Here, too, there is a speed and bandwidth throttling, which is usually around 22 Mbit / s with a maximum of 2 GB. Telekom customers can use the high-speed Internet to boost their data Speed option LTE with download speeds of up to 100 Mbit / s and thus increase the monthly data volume to up to 4 GB.
What hardware is necessary for super-fast surfing?
If you want to use LTE as a house connection, you only need a suitable router, which is usually provided by the Internet service provider. LTE routers and suitable modems are also available separately in stores. The LTE router establishes the connection to the Internet via antennas that receive the signals from the nearest LTE transmission mast. The router should therefore be set up near the window for good reception. LTE routers usually also offer connections for an external antenna that can be placed on the roof, for example, to optimize reception. Since data is transferred from the LTE router to the PC, like with any other router, via WLAN or ordinary network cables, nothing usually needs to be cabled in the apartment.
What happens to my landline connection?
Whether LTE is also used for telephoning depends on the service provider. With Deutsche Telekom's house connection, LTE is only used for Internet data traffic; calls are made via the landline cable. For those who are already using the landline network, the change will not change anything.
Does LTE interfere with other devices?
In rare cases, LTE can interfere with television reception via the terrestrial aerial television DVB-T. The LTE router should therefore be far enough away from the DVB-T receiver and an external DVB-T antenna. Other disturbances from LTE are not yet known.
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