Should the and be merged? Whilst there might technically be a difference between them I don't think most users realise (or care) and both terms are used interchangeably.

What is LTE?

Though originally marketed as 4G technology, LTE (Long Term Evolution) didn't satisfy the technical requirements that the ITU-R outlined, meaning that many early tariffs sold as 4G weren't actually 4G.

However, due to marketing pressures and the significant advancements that LTE brings to original 3G technologies, the ITU later decided that LTE could be called 4G technology.


  • Good question, I can't think of a real case where it's necessary to distinguish from the PoV of Android. Jun 5, 2015 at 17:21

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I have merged them, with as the master and as a synonym. There was significant overlap anyways so I agree that we have mostly been using them interchangeably; someone can always specify in the question if the case comes up where it's important.

  • I think that this is a good decision
    – webo80
    Jun 12, 2015 at 9:59

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