We asked three Rogers customers to try it out. Here’s their report
The Music Lover
Adam, 38, Toronto
Adam is both a technology geek and a music lover. After a few days on the Rogers LTE network, we asked him for an honest review of LTE.
What was your perception of LTE before you tried it out?
I actually wasn’t all that excited about it. I thought 4G HSPA+ was fine for me; I wasn’t dissatisfied with the speed. But when I got an HTC One X, I found out that getting on the LTE network doesn’t cost any extra, so I figured I’d go for it.
What did you think when you first got on the network?
What I noticed right away was the lack of latency; things just come up faster. Like when you’re browsing the web, the initial wait for a page to load happens way faster. I never thought it was slow before, but now I can’t believe how fast it is.
What do you use your phone for? Is it improved by LTE?
I watch YouTube videos of my favourite bands, and I stream music from Grooveshark or my Google Drive. There’s virtually no lag. It just seems to perform better. I also watch movies. They start quicker and there’s never any buffering.
What other cool benefits of LTE have you noticed?
I love being able to tether my phone and get great speed for my laptop. I also love that the upload available on the Rogers LTE network is really fast, not just the download. So if you need to send big files, you can do so really quickly – something I never considered doing before.
Angie, 27, Vancouver
Angie basically grew up online, and has been into gaming since her teens. We had a feeling she’d love LTE’s speeds. Did she?
What device do you use?
I don’t like to carry more than one thing, so I need an all-in-one: something good for messaging, calling and email, but also gaming, of course, plus a good camera. I have a Sony Xperia ion, which I’m really liking.
What did you notice when connecting to the Rogers LTE network?
I didn’t think I’d notice anything. I never thought the HSPA+ network was too slow in the first place. But the Rogers LTE network is faster, and I really do notice the difference in speed.
Is gaming much different on LTE?
It actually is. I used to experience lags in the middle of playing, which can really affect the game. I also download games onto my phone, and that happens within seconds now. Plus, when I launch a game, it loads a lot faster, which doesn’t seem like a big thing, but it’s great for instant gratification. What do your fellow gamers think? Funny you ask that. My friends who have tried out my phone are actually kind of jealous. Some are now thinking of getting a new device just to be able to get onto the LTE network.
Daniel, 35, Toronto
Daniel is the chief technology officer at DSM Computing Solutions, a Toronto-based IT services provider. Here’s what he had to say about the Rogers LTE network.
Which LTE devices do you have?
I have a Samsung Galaxy SIII and an iPad 3 LTE. And my company has a Rogers LTE Rocket hub that I’ve tried out.
How excited were you to get on the Rogers LTE network?
I was curious, but didn’t think it would make that huge a difference to my workday. I can admit I was wrong.
So it’s awesome?
It’s amazingly awesome. It’s as fast as my wired connection at home. Using my Galaxy and my iPad is a totally different experience than it was on the 4G HSPA+ network.
What differences do you notice most?
Downloading attachments like PDFs and Word files is super quick, almost instant. When I surf the net and watch YouTube videos, there’s no buffering or lag at all. You click a button and it’s right there.
How has LTE made you more efficient at work?
I use my iPad 3 over the Rogers LTE network for remote connections to my office – so if I work from a coffee shop, a client’s office or a meeting, I’m able to connect to my office and pull down materials very quickly and work within speeds that are almost instant. Clients definitely appreciate that.
We also have a Rogers LTE Rocket hub that we let clients use if they don’t have internet access – like if they are moving into a new office. They can’t believe how fast it is – and we look like heroes.
The Rogers LTE Network has been wowing people in a handful of Canadian cities over the past year.
But now, millions more Canadians can get LTE. In the past month or so, Rogers has launched LTE in 20 new regions in six provinces.